Responsible Waste Management & Materials Recovery

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Can I Recycle This?

Northbrook's Landfill Diversion Initiatives

Guide to Quitting PlasticsThe Village diverts approximately 30% of its waste from landfills through the utilization of recycling, compost, e-waste, textile, and plastic film collection services.  Landfills are a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions and pose challenges of contamination and environmental degradation for nearby communities. Try avoiding unnecessary contributions to landfill: start by saying no to plastic straws and cutlery, and buying in bulk sizes rather than individually packaged single-serving items. Always think twice before throwing anything away and remember there is no planet B!

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.

TerraCycle Program

Library collection: HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

Located in the Library (1201 Cedar Lane) lobby across from the elevators, you can drop off the following items to recycle next time you’re visiting: 

  • Batteries
  • Eyeglasses
  • Phones
  • Empty snack & candy wrappers
  • Unusable pens, pencils, markers, & glue sticks
  • Used toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes, & dental floss containers

The following TerraCycle programs have ended at Village Hall and the Train Station: beauty products, oral care items, foil lined wrappers, and art supplies. 

Message from GoGreen Northbrook: We will no longer accept items from discontinued programs at the Northbrook Village Hall or Train Station, but you can search active drop-off sites and programs via Maintaining and managing the collection of community waste required more volunteer resources than we have at this time. We thank all of you that donated hard to recycle materials. We hope that you will consider participating in future Go Green Northbrook recycling and waste reduction programs.

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Drop off adult bikes in repairable condition, gently used kids’ bikes, bike parts, and accessories at George Garner Cyclery (111 Waukegan Road) for donation and refurbishing by Working Bikes. They donate repaired bicycles to those in need throughout Chicagoland and countries throughout Latin America and Africa.

Donate 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. 

Item Swap

Courtesy of Go Green Northbrook member Debbie De Palma and Yaseen Fawzi, please use the below flyer when placing items on the curbside to let everyone know it is available for the taking. Given the Village's commitment to Northbrook's new Climate Action Plan, this is simple way to promote re-use of unwanted items in ways that help people and the planet. The Village encourages people to first try to find a new home for any item they want to get rid of, and then to use the flyers for items that they put on the curb. Print one out yourself or from Village Hall’s second floor Development and Planning Department open 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday at 1225 Cedar Lane. 

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