Western Springs Recycling Collection Guidelines

Please read and become familiar with the acceptable and unacceptable items for recycling and how to sort the items for collection in Western Springs. Find these guidelines in the Household Waste, Recycling and Yard Waste Reference Guide.

Compact Fluorescent Lamps

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are small fluorescent bulbs that use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, which poses no risk, but should be disposed of at a special collection site. Search for CFL collection sites at Earth911; however, please call the site to verify that it is collecting CFL's.

Styrofoam Recycling 

The Village of Western Springs and the Green Team of The First Congregational Church of Western Springs will continue the Styrofoam recycling program throughout the year. The new recycling site will be at the parking lot adjacent to the Recreation Center, 1500 Walker Street (northwest corner of the parking area). Members of the community may drop off Styrofoam packing materials and clean Styrofoam food containers on the first Saturday of the month from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Wendy Vichick at (708) 784-0275. Packing peanuts cannot be accepted- they may be taken to your local packing and shipping store. For more information view the Styrofoam Recycling Program.

Electronic Waste

The Village of Western Springs does not offer any electronic waste recycling. IL Public Act 95-0959 (September 2008) establishes a statewide system for recycling and/or reusing computers, monitors, televisions, and printers discarded from residences by requiring electronic manufacturers and retailers to participate in the management of discarded and unwanted electronic products.

Village of Burr Ridge Collection Site—all residents within the West Cook County Solid Waste Agency Region are able to drop off electronics at the Village of Burr Ridge Public Works Department located at 451 Commerce Street. This collection site is in operation Monday–Friday from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Please view the information flyer for complete details including a list of items that will be accepted at the site.

For more information regarding the disposal of electronic waste (e-waste), including facilities and businesses that offer electronics recycling services, please visit the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's website at

Household Hazardous Waste

Materials such as oil–based paint, pesticides, poison, cleaning solvents, gasoline, used oil, and other automotive fluids are considered to be household hazardous waste. Centers accepting hazardous waste are:

City of Chicago Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Site
1155 N Branch St
Chicago, IL 60622
Materials accepted: Lacquer, Oil-Based Paint, Paint Strippers, Paint Thinners, Stains, Varnish, Paint as well as other items

Naperville Household Hazardous Waste Facility
156 Fort Hill Drive
Naperville, IL 60563
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Materials accepted: Lacquer, Oil-Based Paint, Paint Strippers, Paint Thinners, Stains, Varnish, as well as other items

Latex Paint

True Value Hardware in Western Springs will take your latex paint cans; however, there is a service charge. The collection is for latex paint only. Republic Services does not recycle dried paint cans so the cans are left to decay in a landfill. This costs you nothing, but the environment pays a significant price. For more information, contact True Value Hardware at 708-246-0892.

Prescription Drugs

The Village of La Grange Police Department has a secure box for the disposal of prescription drugs in their lobby, at 304 W Burlington Avenue, La Grange.

The Village of Westchester also has a 24/7, environmentally safe disposal program for prescription drugs located in the main lobby of the Village Hall. For further details on this program, please call 708-345-0020.

Recycling Events

Community recycling events are held throughout the year in various locations throughout Cook and DuPage County. When the Village of Western Springs receives notice for such an event, the event is posted to the web site's community events calendar. To receive notification for community events from the Village, please sign up with Notify Me.