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Batteries and Tires
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL)
Holiday Lights Recycling
Household Hazardous Waste
and Sharps Disposal
The Village of Wheeling encourages residents to reduce, reuse and
recycle. By reducing, reusing and recycling waste, natural
resources are conserved, toxic waste is reduced, landfill space and
incineration is reduced, less pollution is produced, energy is
conserved, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced and the environment for
future generations is sustained.
The Village of Wheeling provides links to additional recycling
information. For further information, please contact the Solid
Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) at (847) 724-9205.
Automotive Batteries and Tires
Automotive batteries and tires are prohibited in landfills.
These items are not included with solid waste collections.
Residents are encouraged to contact local automotive retailers for
proper disposal, or refer to Green Pages at
www.swancc.org, or (847) 724-9205. Charges for disposal may apply.
Batteries can contain toxic heavy
metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium that should not be disposed of
in landfills or incinerated.
The Village of Wheeling is
participating in the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC)
Battery Recycling Program. Residents can recycle alkaline
batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V) and rechargeable batteries (NiCd, NiMh,
lithium ion, lithium polymer) at three Village locations (see below).
Residents must tape the contact points with masking tape on each
rechargeable battery or place rechargeable batteries in individual
self-locking plastic bags to avoid sparks.
Automotive batteries are not accepted.
2 Community Boulevard
Monday - Friday
7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wheeling Public Works
77 W Hintz Rd
Monday - Friday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Pavilion Senior Center/Department of Human Services
199 N. First
M, W, Th, F: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
T: 8:00 am
to 9:00 pm
Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL)
Using compact fluorescent
light bulbs (CFL) is an easy way to save energy and money at home. These
energy-efficient bulbs use much less electricity than an incandescent
light bulb. Lighting accounts for close to 20% of the average home’s
electric bill. CFL also prevents greenhouse gas emissions that
contribute to global climate change.
Even though there
are environmental and economic benefits in using CFL, each CFL contains
a small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing, an average of
five milligrams (approximately the size of the tip of a ball point pen).
It is environmentally beneficial to recycle CFL rather than disposing it
in the garbage. Therefore, the Village of Wheeling, as a
participant with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County
(SWANCC), provides a drop-off for Wheeling residents at:
77 W. Hintz Road
Monday through Friday,
7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Will take 4' and 8' lights.
Wheeling Residents ONLY
If a CFL breaks:
Be careful when removing a CFL from its packaging, installing it, or
replacing it when it burns out. Always hold the base of the bulb –
not the glass – when installing or removing a bulb and do not force the
bulb into a socket.
Because there is such a small amount of mercury
in CFL’s, the greatest risk if a bulb breaks is getting cut from glass
shards. Research indicates that there is no immediate health risk to you
or your family should a bulb break and it is cleaned up immediately and
properly. Risks can be minimized by following proper cleanup and
• Sweep — do not
vacuum — all of the glass fragments and fine particles.
• Place broken pieces in a sealed plastic bag and wipe the area with a
damp paper towel to pick up any stray shards
of glass or fine particles. Put the used towel in the plastic bag as
• If the weather permits, open
windows to allow the room to ventilate.
Composting is nature’s process of recycling decomposed organic
material into a rich soil known as finished compost or humus. It is a
simple and inexpensive way to dispose and recycle food scraps and yard
waste that would otherwise enter the waste stream. By composting
organic waste, nutrients are returned back into the soil as a natural
fertilizer for gardening or farming.
Residents may purchase composting bins from local home improvement
centers in a variety of sizes. Aside from monetary consideration,
visibility and aesthetics of the bins should be considered. Items
that can be composted include kitchen waste (vegetable or fruit scraps),
egg shells, corn stalk, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags (remove
staples), cardboard, clean paper, untreated wood chips, sawdust, hay,
dry straw, weeds, leaves and grass/lawn clippings. Items that
cannot be composted include chemically treated wood products, inorganic
material (metal or plastic), diseased plants, meat/bones/fatty food
waste, pernicious weeds (morning glory/bindweed, ivy, types of grasses –
these can actually re-sprout from roots), human or pet waste.
Three key features that enable compost to be made quicker than its
normal process and produce better quality are: optimal balance of
materials (even mix of brown materials such as leaves, dry straw, or
sawdust and green waste such as kitchen waste, coffee grounds or tea
bags), turning the compost often to add fresh oxygen, and maintaining
moisture levels without having the compost too wet or soggy.
Residents can visit
http://www.swancc.org/recycling/composting.html for additional
information or other resources on the internet.
The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) provides
one-day document destruction events for SWANCC member communities, of
which Wheeling is a member. These events are only for
residentially generated paper such as medical forms, bank statements,
personal files, retired tax form, records and receipts. Materials
from businesses, schools, or institutions will not be accepted.
Paper documents must be brought to the event in either paper shopping
bags or cardboard boxes – no plastic bags. There is a limit of
six file-size boxes or paper shopping bags per vehicle. Paper clips and
staples do not need to be removed, but please remove binders. At
events, documents are placed in a container and loaded to a shredder
onsite. Documents are cross-shredded, baled and recycled.
To find one-day document destruction events, please visit
www.swancc.org or contact (847)
For businesses, schools and institutional
document destruction, please contact SWANCC.
Eco-landscaping, or natural lawn care, utilizes alternative
practices, rather than traditional or conventional practices, to
maintain outdoor lawn care. It promotes the life and health of
soil organically to eliminate the possible harmful effects to humans or
the environment from the use of non-organic materials (i.e.
chemical/synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, etc). Such
harmful effects include, but are not limited to, groundwater
contamination, run-off into waterways that contain aquatic life,
polluting air, skin absorption or irritation, and even ingestion by
children or pets that come into contact with the materials.
The benefits of eco-landscaping include: less use of chemical
applications, enriching biodiversity of ecosystems, improving water
quality, reducing run-off, and long term savings. To begin a natural
lawn care program, residents should develop a plan that encompasses
determining lawn use, turf selection, soil biology, and plant selection.
Once this is established, maintenance of natural lawns will then entail
cultivation (i.e. aeration, dethatching, irrigation, mowing, etc.),
composting, and pest management.
For additional information on
Eco-Landscaping, or for a complete guide to Eco-Landscaping, please
Electronic waste, or e-waste, contains toxic materials such as lead,
cadmium, mercury, etc. that can contaminate groundwater or present other
environmental issues if not properly recycled or disposed.
Since January 1, 2012, the State of Illinois prohibited the disposal of
electronics in landfills.
E-waste placed at residential curbsides,
or designated refuse locations (i.e. through property management,
businesses) will not be collected by Waste Management and must be
recycled by a registered collector, recycler and/or manufacturer.
E-waste items that are prohibited from the landfill include, but are not
limited to, televisions, computer monitors, computers (PCs and laptops),
computer peripherals (mice, keyboards, drives), fax machines, printers,
scanners, VHS or DVD players/recorders, mp3 players, PDAs, video games
consoles, DVRs, digital converter box, mobile phones, cable/satellite
The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County
(SWANCC) provides one-day electronic recycling events for SWANCC member
communities, of which Wheeling is a member.
find additional one-day electronic recycling events, please visit
www.swancc.org or contact (847)
Wheeling residents (ID’s will be checked for
verification of residency) may also bring acceptable electronics, at no
charge, to one of SWANCC’s permanent drop-off locations:
Glenview Transfer Station
1151 N River Road, Des Plaines
Across from the Maryville Academy
Saturdays: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Hoffman Estates Village Hall
1900 Hassell Road
Mondays: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
BEGINS APRIL 6
Mount Prospect Public Works
W Central Road
Wednesdays: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
BEGINS APRIL 8
Winnetka Public Works
1390 Willow Road
Tuesdays: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (through April 28)
Thursdays: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Collection locations will be
closed on national holidays. Do not drop off electronics other
than during posted dates and time.
Residents may also drop off electronics at electronic retail stores.
Some electronic retail stores may charge a small fee for larger
electronic items. Another recycling, or reuse option includes
donating good, working condition electronics to charitable
Holiday Lights Recycling
Residents can recycle all holiday mini-lights, C7 lights, C9 lights,
rope lights, LED lights and extension cords of all colors and lengths
Department of Public Works
77 W. Hintz Road
Monday through Friday from 7 A.M. to 3 P.M.
This recycling program is sponsored by the
Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) and Elgin Recycling.
The program will conclude on February 27, 2015.
greens, wreaths or other non-recyclables are not accepted in this
Household products, such as cleaners, lawn or garden care, hobbies,
antifreeze, pesticides, etc., can contain hazardous ingredients that can
be harmful to human health and the environment and require proper and
safe disposal. It is highly recommended, whenever possible, to
purchase limited quantities of household hazardous products so that the
amount of hazardous waste produced is limited.
(permanent) drop-off facilities are available to Illinois residents for
household hazardous chemical disposal. Below are long-term
facilities. It is recommended to contact the facilities prior to
visitation as hours may change during the year. Latex paint is not
accepted at any drop-off facility (please see below information on latex
Naperville Household Hazardous Waste Drop
156 Fort Hill Drive
Naperville, IL 60540
Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Rockford Rock River Reclamation
Sat., 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
PM to 4:00 PM
City of Chicago/IEPA
1150 N. Branch Street
Tues., 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Thurs., 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
1st Sat of
each month: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Also accepts computer materials
and propane tanks.
Solid Waste Agency of Lake County
1311 N. Estes, Gurnee
By Appointment Only.
Acceptable items include: aerosol
paints and pesticides; lawn chemicals; antifreeze; mercury; cleaning
products; old gasoline; drain cleaners; oil-based paints; fluorescent
lamp bulbs; paint thinners; herbicides; pesticides; hobby chemicals;
pool chemicals; household batteries; solvents; insecticides; used motor
Unacceptable items include: agricultural waste;
fireworks; business/commercial waste; institutional waste; explosives;
farm machinery oil; smoke detectors; latex paint. Lead acid
batteries, propane tanks, and fire extinguishers may be accepted
depending on contractors. Please contact IEPA to verify if these
items will be accepted at facilities.
Because latex, or water-based, paint is not hazardous due to water
replacing most of the oil based components in paint, they are not
accepted at any Illinois drop-off facility. The following are
disposal alternatives for latex paint.
*Donate extra paint to an
organization or another individual that may use it. These may
include charitable/non-profit groups, religious organizations, theatre
groups, family or neighbors.
*Host a Paint Swap where leftover
paints can be swapped for other leftover or unused paints from family,
friends, or neighbors.
*Keep painting. Place another coat
of paint on or use as a primer.
*Paint other items or areas such
as lumber pieces, inside of garages, or even furniture pieces.
*Store the paint for future use. Covering the top with a plastic wrap
and securing the lid will help ensure that the paint will not
and be maintained better.
*Proper disposal. If other
alternatives can not be used and disposal is necessary, residents must
open paint cans in well-ventilated areas (i.e. outdoors) and add an
absorbent such as kitty litter, sand, oil-dry, or shredded paper into
the paint cans. When the liquid paint is absorbed, and the paint
is hardened, place lids back on the paint cans and dispose closed paint
cans in regular refuse containers (not recycling!). If paint cans
are full, residents must divide the paint into empty cans to solidify or
repeat the absorbent process.
For additional information on
other possible drop-off locations for various household hazardous waste,
Prescription Drug and Sharps Program
The Prescription Drug and Sharps Disposal Program, sponsored by
SWANCC, is held every third (3rd) Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM
until 12:00 PM at the Police Department entrance located at 1 Community
Boulevard, Wheeling, Il. Wheeling residents can drop-off unused/expired
prescription medications, expired over-the-counter medications and
residential sharps (needles/syringes).
Sharps must be in rigid containers with a sealed lid. Sharps not in
rigid containers WILL NOT be accepted. New sharps containers are
available through the Community Development Department Health Division.
Residents can also receive a new container when they drop off their full
sharps container on the day of the program.
Residents need to leave medications in original containers and mark
out their personal information. No over-the-counter liquid
medications are accepted.
No commercial or institutional waste will be accepted.
To dispose of controlled substances, please refer to
Save a Star drop-off locations or
Take-Back Days. Please refer to the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Agency's list of regulated pharmaceutical controlled substances at
more information contact Beverly at (847) 499-9045, or visit
additional information on the disposal program.
Rain barrels are containers that collect and store rain water from
rooftops via a downspout that would otherwise be lost to runoff and
diverted to storm drains, creeks and rivers. Because rain barrel water
is naturally free of chlorine, lime and calcium, it is ideal for
gardens, potted plants/flowers, lawns, and even car washing. Rain
barrels reduce storm water pollution and conserve water.
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) offers rain
barrels to Cook County residents at a cost between $47.85 and $51.67
(depending on color). These barrels are 55 gallons, 36” in height and
made of durable recycled plastic. Barrels include a flexible connecting
elbow to attach the barrel to the downspout, a linking hose to connect
it to a second barrel, detailed instructions, and delivery.
For more information on MWRD’s Rain Barrel Program, please visit www.mwrd.org
or contact 312-751-6633. Barrels shall only be placed in the
rear yard of residence.
Barrels shall only be placed in the rear yard of