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Recycling
Can I recycle string lights, a television, computer or electronic item?
Where can I recycle button-style batteries?
Where can I recycle #6 Styrofoam?
Can I recycle glass ornaments?
How can I recycle shredded paper?
How do I dispose of brick pavers and landscape rocks from my yard.

Special Events
Where can I take household hazardous waste?

Household Hazardous Items
What do I do with paint?
How do I dispose of old medications?
Where do I recycle automotive anti-freeze?
Where do I take old gas and oil from my snow blower?

Frequently Asked Questions

Recycling
Q: Can I recycle string lights, a television, computer or electronic item?
A:

YES!  Will County has offered electronic collections for more than a decade and we currently have 12 partner drop-off sites that offer various hours of operation on a weekly basis.  Please click on our electronics recycling page for a list of items accepted, locations and hours of operation.

Electronic Recycling Information

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Q: Where can I recycle button-style batteries?
A:

Button Batteries contain a small amount of mercury and should be taken to a HHW drop-off site or event. A few libraries in Will County and one retail chain also accept button batteries for recycling. Please see our battery page and brochure for more information.

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Q: Where can I recycle #6 Styrofoam?
A:

Some foam plastic products are recyclable but are not taken in curbside program and most drop-offs due to their lightweight, high space needs.  It is simply not economical to collect them and send them by truck to a manufacturer like the other items taken curbside.  Dart container accepts some types of foam plastic. They are bringing a truck in for a one-day collection in New Lenox on Sept 10, 2011.  Please see our event calendar, click on recycling.  They operate a drop-off at their manufacturing plant in North Aurora. Please find the information on our Recycling Map page. Click on the White Flag.

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Q: Can I recycle glass ornaments?
A:

Not in the recycling bin! Glass ornaments are different from glass bottles and jars; therefore they cannot currently be recycled. If they are still usable, the best thing you can do is donate them or sell them through a garage sale or on-line service. There is an online service called FREEECYCLE that allows people to list items they wish to give away. http://www.freecycle.org/ If they are broken, people who do crafts might still be able to reuse them.  

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Q: How can I recycle shredded paper?
A:

Shredded paper is easily recycled with the rest of your paper. Please be sure to place it securely in your bin, recycling cart or recycling dumpster by placing it in a paper bag to prevent blowing when the container is emptied.

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Q: How do I dispose of brick pavers and landscape rocks from my yard.
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This is an uncommon item in as much as regular recycling outlets do not exist, however, it is still an item that many people may want. Brick pavers and rocks are terrific for aiding in drainage, as well as a landscape decoration. Here are a few suggestions on ways to find someone willing to take these items from you. List an estimated amount on a local on-line newspaper such as Patch or on Craig's list or ebay (when you give something away, they allow FREE listings) There is an on-line group that is dedicated to giving away unwanted items: https://www.freecycle.org/ Remember, you don't have to give your complete address to list an item, just the city and an email address to make arrangements for interested parties to contact you. Only the person you choose comes to pick up the material. There is a non-profit: Restore. It has a location in Joliet on Larkin and in Aurora/Naperville off Rt. 59. They may accept the material. Call first. http://www.habitatillinois.org/restores/ You may also contact your local public works department to learn if they have any projects that these materials may be needed. If not, they may have contracts with landscape firms that may want to use the materials.

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Special Events
Q: Where can I take household hazardous waste?
A:

Will County has one-day HW collection events each Spring and Fall. Be sure to visit the calendar of events on the home page of this website to learn if any are coming up.  Year round there is a permanent site, funded by the County and State of Illinois: 180 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville every Sat and Sun from 9am to 2pm. More information is under the Green Guide Tab, under Household Hazardous Waste.

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Household Hazardous Items
Q: What do I do with paint?
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Determine if it is Latex Paint or Oil-Based Paint. 

Latex paint is not hazardous. It is water-based and cleans off with soap and water.  It is better for the environment than oil-based paint.  It can be recycled for a fee at many Ace Hardware Stores.  It can be hardened and discarded but remember the steel can is recyclable. Please click here for more information.

Oil-Based paint is hazardous. It requires strong cleaning chemicals to clean off of skin.  It usually contains air polluting VOCs.  It must be taken to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event or permanent site. Please click here for more information.

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Q: How do I dispose of old medications?
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If you miss the occasional national Medication Take-Back or one of the County's HHW one-day collection events, then visit one of our 15 partner pharmacies and police departments that offer medication take-back year round! Click this link for the list of sites and hours: http://www.willcountygreen.com/greenguide/pharm.aspx

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Q: Where do I recycle automotive anti-freeze?
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Please visit the willcountgreen Green Guide database. There is a listing for antifreeze. http://www.willcountygreen.com/recycling_centers.aspx Click on the drop-down menu and choose antifreeze. This material is also accepted at our Household Hazardous Waste collection events and at the permanent site we help fund in Naperville, open every Sat and Sun except holidays.

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Q: Where do I take old gas and oil from my snow blower?
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Many snowblowers mix oil and gasoline, making it unacceptable at local retailers that accept motor oil. However it is still recyclable through a household hazardous waste collection, such as the permanent site in Naperville or one of the County's one-day collection events held in the Spring and the Fall. Please visit the Upcoming Green Event calendar on the website for one-day event information. For permanent year-round site information, please visit our Household Hazardous Waste page under the Green Guide tab. http://www.willcountygreen.com/greenguide/household.aspx

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