Recycling

Textile and Electronics Recycling During Covid-19:

The Village of Burr Ridge and eWorks will be reopening the electronics drop off and textile recycling location on Monday, April 20, 2020, located at the Burr Ridge Public Works Facility, 451 Commerce Street, open Monday to Friday, 7 am to 3 pm.

Textile items such as clothing, sheets, bedding, towels and other household textiles are accepted.  No wet or heavily soiled items please.  Also, all clothing/textile items must be bagged.

 

Waste haulers and recycling centers have been finding an inordinate number of gloves, masks and other PPE in the recycling stream.  These items should be placed in the regular trash. 


Western Springs Recycling Collection Guidelines


Please read and become familiar with the acceptable and unacceptable items for single stream recycling collection in Western Springs. Learn more in this flyer on Single Stream Recycling.

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 

**This program will resume in October 2020. Check the Village events calendar for updates. Residents can also take Styrofoam to Dart Container Corp in Chicago or North Aurora.**

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 recycling site is in 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. Please remain in your car and volunteers will unload your trunk. 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. Please consider bringing your items in a reusable container to reduce waste.


Electronic Waste


LRS will collect electronic waste curbside, with required stickers: 1 sticker per small item, 10 stickers per television or monitor, 5 stickers per bundle within a brown paper bag. Learn more about electronic waste requirements here.

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 http://www.epa.state.il.us/land/electronic-waste-recycling/index.html.

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
312-744-2060
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
630-420-6095
http://www.naperville.il.us/hhw.aspx
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


Village 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. 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.

Items that can be reused by educators and non-profit organizations are collected by SCARCE in Glen Ellyn. They also recycle various other items. Learn more at: https://wsprings.com/DocumentCenter/View/6694/Ongoing-Reuse-SCARCE

Learn more about textile recycling at:https://chicagotextilerecycling.com/