Accepted Materials for Recycling

Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County Recycling Guidelines

The Village is a member of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) and due to the recent changes within the recycling industry, SWANCC has adopted Recycling Guidelines. Please refer to the image and text below for information on what can and can not be recycled. If you have a specific question regarding your recycling, please call SWANCC at 847-724-9205 or visit

SWANCC Recycling Guidelines

Cans and Foil
Accepted Material
  • Steel (tin) cans and bi metal cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Aluminum beverage and pet food cans
  • Clean aluminum foil and foil containers
  • Empty, clean paint cans
  • Metal lids and bottle caps
Not Accepted
  • Bakeware, utensils, pots and pans
  • Hangers
  • Car parts
  • Scrap metal
  • Fencing
  • Propane cylinders or any other compressed gas cylinder
  • Foil backed paper, gum wrappers, foil wrapping paper
  • Lawn furniture
Accepted Material
  • Newspapers / inserts / junk mail
  • Office paper (all colors, including envelopes and fax paper)
  • Gift wrap paper and tissue (unlined), kraft paper and greeting cards
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Cardboard and cereal boxes
  • Egg cartons / paper bags / shredded paper / juice boxes and milk cartons (clean)
Not Accepted
  • Remove all plastic bags
  • Remove all rubber bands
  • Remove plastic insert in cereal boxes
Accepted Material
  • All colors of glass bottles and jars. You do not need to remove labels. Rinse
Not Accepted
  • Dishes
  • Ceramics
  • Light bulbs
  • Mirrors
  • Window panes
  • Auto glass
  • Other non-food or non-beverage glass
Accepted Material
  • Containers
  • Bottles and lids
  • Liter soda bottles
  • Milk, water and juice containers
  • Food containers
  • Liquid detergent, fabric softener, bleach and shampoo bottles
  • Rinsed caps
  • Six pack and 12 pack rings
  • Look for a recycling number on the container
Not Accepted
  • Plastic Number 6
  • Plastic bags received from grocery store
  • Plastic film and other non-rigid plastic (no garbage bags, zip bags, dry cleaner bags, etc.)