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. With Waste Management’s acquisition of Advanced Disposal, please note updated recycling guidelines. Waste Management’s single stream recycling program accepts common household items like paper, metal, most plastics, and glass. For plastics, types 1-5 are accepted. Aerosol cans cannot be recycled. Waste Management provides these helpful guides to recycling and keeping contaminants out of your recycling! 

Plastic bag recycling

Collection bins are located near Village Hall’s back entrance. Accepted items are grocery bags, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, and Ziploc bags. Only clean and dry bags made of lightweight plastic should be collected. Cereal bags, bubble wrap, and plastic film are not recyclable through this collection. Excessive contamination from unacceptable items will result in discontinuation of the service. Thank you to local Northbrook business Aargus Plastics for partnering with Northbrook for our new program. They will reuse our plastic collection to make 100% recycled plastic bags.


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)

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

Northbrook Share-A-Bag

"Share a bag” receptacles are available at Public Works (655 Huehl Rd) 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.