Responsible Waste Management & Materials Recovery

Northbrook Plastic Reduction Initiatives

The Village of Northbrook offers two free new recycling programs to encourage residents to reduce the number of single-use plastic bags in the community. Beginning Monday, November 18, plastic bag recycling and “share a bag” receptacles will be available at the following locations and times:

Village Hall
1225 Cedar Lane
(8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon- Fri)
 Police Department
1401 Landwehr Road
(Open 24 hours)
Public Works Center
655 Huehl Road
(7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mon- Fri)

Plastic bag recycling:

The plastic bag recycling receptacle will accept only low density and high density polyethylene films such as clean plastic shopping bags, newspaper sleeves, plastic wrap packaging, bread bags, shrink wrap, and plastic pouches. Please be careful to avoid disposing contaminants into the bin. The collected plastic film is shipped to Trex Composite Decking where the raw material is re-purposed into durable outdoor furniture. Collection of 500 lbs. of material within 6 months will earn a free bench to install in our public spaces!

Northbrook Share-A-Bag

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. 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. In addition to implementing these programs, the Village also purchased and began distributing 500 reusable bags in July to help promote the use of reusable bags, available for pickup at the Share a Bag bin.

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. The guide covers recycling instructions for the following:

  • Appliances - Kitchen, Laundry
  • Appliances - Vacuums, Smaller Kinds, TVs, etc.
  • Automotive Fluids - Engine Oil, Gasoline, Transmission Fluid 
  • Batteries - Car, etc.
  • Batteries - Household
  • Bicycles and Bikes
  • Books and Magazines
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Cans - Aluminum, Steel or Tin (including spray and regular paint)
  • Cardboard
  • Cartridges - Ink/Toner
  • Clothing
  • Computers - Desktop, Laptop, Tablet, etc.
  • Computers - Keyboards, Mice, Speakers, etc.
  • Dinnerware and Ceramics
  • Electronics - General
  • Eyeglasses
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Flags
  • Flares
  • Furniture
  • Glass - All Types
  • Hazardous Waste - Herbicide, Lighter Fluid, Gasoline, etc.
  • Hearing Aids
  • Holiday Lights
  • Junk Mail
  • Lightbulbs - All Types
  • Paint - Oil and Latex
  • Paper - Brightly Colored (Neon)
  • Paper - General
  • Paper - Shredding
  • Plastics - Bags
  • Plastics - General
  • Plastics - Styrofoam
  • Sharps - Medical
  • Telephone Books
  • Telephones - Cell Phones, Mobile Phones, Landline Phones, etc.
  • Therapeutic Equipment - Crutches, Canes, Wheelchairs, etc.
  • TVs - LED or Older
  • Utensils - Pots and pans
  • Utensils - Spoons, Forks, Knives, etc.
  • Yardwaste - Branches, grass clippings, etc.


Want To Learn More About Recycling in Northbrook?

For more information on recycling opportunities in Northbrook, please visit https://www.northbrook.il.us/829/Refuse-Recycling-Services.