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Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL)
Household Hazardous Waste
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
of Wheeling provides
links to additional recycling information.
For further information, please contact the Solid Waste Agency of
Northern Cook County at (847) 724-9205 or
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
drop-offs on Tuesday
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 Rd.
Monday through Friday,
7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Not accepting 4' 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
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.
For other participating
SWANCC communities please visit the SWANCC website:
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.
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.
At events, workers will help take paper out of
vehicles and place into toter carts. The documents will then be
loaded into a shredding truck on site. The paper will be
cross-shredded, baled and recycled.
There is a limit of six (6)
banker boxes or grocery bag per vehicle. Paper clips and staples
do not need to be removed. Binders must be removed.
One-Day Drop-Off Events:
Please also refer to
www.swancc.org, or contact
847-724-9205, for additional One-Day Drop-Off locations.
Wheeling Public Works Department
77 W. Hintz Road
Saturday, September 29, 2012
9:00 am to 11:00 am ONLY
For businesses, schools and
institutional document destruction, please also contact SWANCC at
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.
Effective 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, small scale
servers, video games consoles, DVRs, digital converter box, mobile
phones, cable/satellite receivers. These items must be recycled by
a registered collector, recycler and/or manufacturer.
Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) has contracted with
Com2 Recycling Solutions for a permanent and one-day drop off locations
for its member residents at no charge. Wheeling is a member of
Permanent locations include:
Glenview Transfer Station
1151 N. River Road (Across from Maryville Academy)
Saturdays, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
(Closed on May 31, July 5, September 6, November 29 & December 27 of
Winnetka Public Works
1390 Willow Road
Tuesdays: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursdays: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
(Closed on November 27 & December 25 of 2014)
Hoffman Estates Village Hall
1900 Hassell Road
April 7, 2014 through November only.
Mondays: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
(Closed on May 26 & September 1 of 2014)
Mount Prospect Public Works
1700 W. Central Road
April 9, 2014 through October only.
Wednesdays: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Do not drop off electronics other than during posted dates and
times. Collection locations will be closed on national holidays.
One-Day Drop Off locations include: Please refer
to www.swancc.org or
Electronic items that will only be
acceptable at the permanent and one-day locations include:
computers (desktop, notebook, tablet), computer monitors, printers
(including multi-function printers and printer/fax combinations,
copiers, scanners, shredders, televisions, calculators, cameras,
camcorders, cable receiver, computer cable, converter box, fax machines,
mobile telephones, mouse or keyboards, MP3 players, portable digital
assistants (PDA), satellite receivers, scanners, video game consoles,
videocassette recorder/player, digital video disk player (DVD), zip
drives, answering machines, telephones, typewriters, etc.
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 organizations. Please contact individual retail stores
for possible recycling options and information.
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.
the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) offers residents
one-day Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collections throughout Illinois
during the spring and fall months. These events are at no charge
to Illinois residents. For more information on the IEPA one-day
collections, please visit
or contact 217-785-8604.
Long term (permanent) drop-off
facilities are also 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 paint
Naperville Fire Station #4
1971 Brookdale Road
Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Rock River Reclamation District
Sat., 8:00 AM to
Sun., 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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
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 oil.
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
*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
*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.
paint for future use. Covering the top with a plastic wrap and securing
the lid will help ensure that the paint will not leak and be maintained
*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
For additional information on other possible
drop-off locations for various household hazardous waste, please visit
The Prescription Drug and Sharps Disposal Program is held every third
(3rd) Saturday of each month from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. The
drop off location is now located at the Police Department entrance
located at 1 Community Boulevard, Wheeling, Il. For more information
contact Beverly at 847-499-9045.
Wheeling residents can drop off
unwanted medications and used sharps (needles and syringes).
Prescription and over- the- counter medications in original containers
are accepted. Controlled substances such as Oxycontin and Percocet
are not accepted.
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 located at 2 Community Boulevard.
Residents can also receive a new container when they drop off their full
Rain barrels are containers that collect and store rainwater from
rooftops via downspout that would otherwise be lost to runoff and
diverted to storm drains, creeks and rivers. Because it does not contain
minerals, chlorine, fluoride or other chemicals, the stored rainwater in
barrels provides a supply of water that is ideal for gardens, potted
plants/flowers, lawns, and even bicycle and car washing. Rain barrels
reduce storm water pollution and conserve water.
Water Reclamation District (MWRD) offers rain barrels to residents
through their Rain Barrel Program. For more information on
MWRD’s program and cost, please visit www.mwrd.org
or contact 1-312-751-6633.
Residents are requested to please
keep rain barrels hidden or camouflaged (behind bushes, etc) if possible
and to keep them along the side or rear of lots.