Responsible Waste Management & Materials Recovery


Northbrook's Landfill Diversion Initiatives

Guide to Quitting PlasticsThe Village diverted approximately 30% of its waste from landfills in 2020 through the utilization of recycling, compost, e-waste, textile, and plastic film collection services. Despite this, Northbrook contributed over 10,000 tons of waste to landfills in 2020. Landfills are a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions and pose challenges of contamination and environmental degradation for nearby communities. Make 2021 a year of success by avoiding unnecessary contributions to landfill. Start by using the Village waste diversion programs, saying no to plastic straws and cutlery, and buying in bulk sizes rather than individually packaged single-serving items. Try to think twice before throwing anything away and remember there is no planet B!

How Do I Recycle This?

Use this handy resource to look up various household items and learn how to responsibly dispose of them in Northbrook. Northbrook's household recycling service, through Advanced Disposal, is a single stream recycling program accepts common household items like paper, metal, plastic containers, and glass. Review Advanced Disposal’s guidelines for what can and cannot be recycled

Plastic film recycling

Please note that Advanced Disposal does not accept plastic bags or film, but these can be brought to Northbrook's Sunset Foods or Mariano's to be upcycled. Accepted items include clean plastic shopping bags, newspaper sleeves, plastic wrap packaging, bread bags, shrink wrap, dry cleaning bags, and plastic pouches. These items are no longer collected at Village Hall. The collected plastic film is shipped to Trex Composite Decking where the raw material is re-purposed into durable outdoor furniture.  For more information on recycling opportunities in Northbrook, please visit https://www.northbrook.il.us/829/Refuse-Recycling-Services.

TERRACYCLE Program

Village of Northbrook has partnered with GoGreen Northbrook and Terracyle to provide extended recycling opportunities for residents. A 24-hr drop off station has been provided for residents behind Village Hall (1255 Cedar Lane). See below for a list of accepted items:

Snack Bags, Chip Bags, Candy Wrappers, and Energy Bar Wrappers
Chips bags and a candy bar wrapperFoil lined wrappers: energy bars, granola bars, meal replacement bars, protein bars, and diet bars
Personal Beauty Care Packaging 
(All brands accepted)

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Skin care: lip balm tubes, soap dispensers and tubes, lotion caps, tubs and plastic jars, body wash containers, shaving foam tubes (no cans)

Cosmetics: lipstick cases, lip-gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eyeshadow cases, bronzer cases, foundation packaging and bottles, powder cases, eyeline cases, eyeline pencils, eyeshadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks, lip liner pencils

Hair care: shampoo caps, conditioner caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray triggers, hair paste plastic caps
Personal Hygiene Product Packaging 
(All brands accepted)
Terra 4Dental care: Mouthwash bottles and caps, deodorant containers and caps, toothpaste tubes and caps, soap packaging, floss containers, toothbrushes
Health and Nutrition Packaging 
(All brands accepted)
Terra 2Vitamins, minerals, and supplements: blister packs, tubes, bottles, caps, lids, cans

Cough, cold, flu, sore throat and nasal care: blister packs, tubes, bottles, spray bottles, caps, lids

Infant formula and child nutrition: tubs, bottles, caps, lids, cans. Note: All containers and packaging must be completely empty. No alcohol wipes, powders, or pills are accepted


Northbrook Share-A-Bag

"Share a bag” receptacles are available at Village Hall (1225 Cedar Lane) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The “share a bag” program will allow residents to drop off extra reusable shopping bags and pick up news ones for free if needed. This “sharing” system allows for waste reduction through promoting the use of reusable bags and making them easily accessible. Please sanitize reusable bags before dropping off and after picking up. Share a bag bins are available at Village Hall and the Public Works Center.

About These Programs

The Village’s Environmental Quality Commission recommended implementing these programs so that plastic bags are less likely to contaminate ongoing recycling efforts and are diverted from accumulation in landfills. By providing responsible disposal and offering alternatives to single-use bags, the Commission seeks to reduce the amount of plastic bags utilized in the Village.