Recycling is split into two categories; curbside and non-curbside (drop-off) recycling.
For information on what can and can not be placed in your curbside recycling cart at home, please visit, https://recyclebin.dupageco.org/ and check out this video about Wishcycling. An online guide has been developed for non-curbside recycling drop-offs. The online guide provides a search field based on the type of material .
Are you recycling right? Or are you Wishcycling? Check out this video on what should never go in your recycling bin.
Clothing & Textile Recycling
DuPage County has partnered with eWorks and RewearAble to collect clothing and textiles for reuse and recycling. Items not able to be reused will be turned into cleaning/painting rags or reused in insulation, packing material and carpeting. RewearAble is a non-profit that provides sustainable employment for adults with disabilities.
Acceptable items: clothing, shoes, sheets, bedding, towels and other household textiles in any condition. No heavily soiled items. Shoes must be matched and tied together. Items must be bagged.
- Village of Burr Ridge - Public Works Facility; 451 Commerce St.; Mon - Fri; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- eWorks; 1201 Estes; Elk Grove; Mon. - Fri. 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Addison Township Highway Dept. - 411 W. Potter St., Wood Dale, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 2022 dates - Nov 5th
- Bloomingdale Township Highway Dept. - 8 am - 12 pm; 2022 dates - Oct. 1st
- Village of Lisle - 925 Burlington Ave., Commuter Parking Lot B; Quarterly; 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; 2022 dates - Dec 17th
- City of Wheaton - 2nd Saturday of each month; Public Works Storage Lot; 820 W. Liberty Drive; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- City of Elmhurst - 985 S. Riverside Dr.; Quarterly; 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Oct. 29th
Additional resale locations can be found in the DuPage County Online Recycling Guide.
Construction & Demolition Debris
Also known as C&D, this waste is among the top items headed to Illinois landfills but there are options. Check out the County's Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling brochure.
The sites, listed below, are open to ALL DuPage County residents!
The electronic sites below will be collecting the following items: computers, laptops, servers, computer monitors, televisions, printers, facsimile, scanners, VCR & DVD players, video game consoles, cell phones along with other electronics and small household appliances as specified on this full list. Appliances with refrigerants and all other items not listed cannot be accepted.
Fee applies for TVs & Monitors. A coupon and 501c3 tax receipt provided upon payment at the site. Payment can be made in advance at http://recycling.eworksesi.org/.All other electronics accepted at no charge.
- up to 21 inches $25
- 21 inches and above $35.
Click here for flyer. En Espanol.
OPEN AND ACCEPTING ITEMS:
Additional One-Day events held at various locations listed here - https://www.dupagecounty.gov/recyclingevents/
Locations will be closed for the following holidays: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the following day, Christmas Day.
Seasonal Holiday Light Collections: All electronic sites listed above will accept holiday lights year-round, however, several municipalities and other government bodies hold seasonal collections. This link provides a list of 2020/ 2021 collections taking place this season.
Latex Paint Recycling
Several local Ace Hardware stores have partnered with Epaint to provide collection of latex-based paints for a fee. Visit the Epaint website for more information and pricing. EarthPaint also accepts latex paint for a fee, visit their website for full details.
Management of Latex Paint
Below are some helpful reuse and recycling tips to better manage use of latex paint, or watch this SCARCE video on tips for proper disposal.
- When painting a room, buy the necessary amount needed for the project - look beyond what is on sale.
- Save left over paint in a glass jar then, label the jar for which room the paint was used, or keep in the room itself, to ensure the correct paint will be used in the same room.
- Left over unusable latex paint should be consolidated into one container and dried with cat litter, sawdust or another absorbent material (ie. oil absorbent).
- Once the paint is completely dry, it can be put out with regular garbage curbside pickup. Be sure to remove the lid on the paint can, so the waste company driver can see that the paint is dry. Some waste companies will not take the dried paint, unless the lid is off.
Management of Oil Based Paint, Paint Thinners, Stain and Varnish Finishes
Illinois residents may drop off unwanted, oil-based paint at the Regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility, located in Naperville. This is a drive through, free drop-off facility open to everyone every Saturday & Sunday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (excluding Holidays). For more information and a complete list of all accepted hazardous materials, visit the Naperville facility's website or call 630-420-6095 during weekdays. The Regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility is funded by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, DuPage County and neighboring government agencies.
The online recycling
guide has recycling information for items from appliances to yard waste. Visit
the DuPage County Recycling Guide.