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Additional Recycling

Automotive Batteries and Tires                   Eco-Landscaping                                     Rain Barrels   
Battery Recycling                                       Electronics                                                        
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL)                Holiday Lights Recycling
Composting                                                Household Hazardous Waste
Document Destruction                                Presciption Drug 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, or (847) 724-9205.  Charges for disposal may apply.

Battery Recycling
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. 
Wheeling Village Hall
2 Community Boulevard
(847) 279-6900
Monday - Friday
7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wheeling Public Works
77 W Hintz Rd
(847) 279-6900
Monday - Friday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Wheeling Pavilion Senior Center/Department of Human Services
199 N. First Street
M, W, Th, F: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
T: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm

Compact 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:
Wheeling Public Works
77 W. Hintz Road
(847) 279-6900
Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Will take 4' and 8' lights.
Restricted to 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 disposal guidelines:
     • 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 well.
     • 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 for additional information or other resources on the internet.

Document Destruction

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 or contact (847) 724-9205. 
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 visit:


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 receivers. 
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. 
To find additional one-day electronic recycling events, please visit or contact (847) 724-9205. 
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 
                        1700 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 organizations.

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 at:

                                   Department of Public Works
                                   77 W. Hintz Road
                                   Monday through Friday from 7 A.M. to 3 P.M.
                                   Phone: 847-279-6900

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.

Garland, live greens, wreaths or other non-recyclables are not accepted in this program.

Household Hazardous Chemicals

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. 
Long term (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 paint disposal).
Naperville Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Center
156 Fort Hill Drive
Naperville, IL 60540
Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Rockford Rock River Reclamation District
3333 Kishwaukee
Sat., 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sun., 12:00 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 (SWALCO)
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 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
leak 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, please visit: and

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 DEA Take-Back Days.  Please refer to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's list of regulated pharmaceutical controlled substances at

For more information contact Beverly at (847) 499-9045, or visit for additional information on the disposal program.

Rain Barrels

This document is available to view in PDF format. Rain Barrel Application with Installation Instructions and Maintenance Information

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 Village Board approved an agreement with MWRD to participate in their FREE rain barrel program. To request a free barrel, including delivery, qualified residents must complete an application.  This program concludes December 31, 2016.  For more information contact (847) 279-6900.

Barrels shall only be placed in the rear yard of residence

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