Residents Reminded: Recycling and Special Solid Waste Collections
The City of Des Plaines Public Works and Engineering Department reminds residents of the following information regarding the disposal of household and consumer items:
Residents ONLY may bring tires (no rims) 9 AM– 3 PM, Monday – Friday, to Public Works, 1111 Joseph J. Schwab (Campground) Road, Limit 2.
Residential waste hauler ARC Disposal collects refrigerators, freezers, washers, and dryers. Doors must be removed. Place the appliance curbside by 6 AM on the same day as refuse collection. No cost. Limit 2. Also, ComEd has a program for collecting households’ unwanted, second refrigerators and freezers. Call 800-EDISON-1
for more information.
Automobile batteries: Residents ONLY may bring automobile batteries to Public Works, 1111
Joseph J. Schwab (Campground) Road, Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 3 PM. Limit 2.
The following items are allowed for curbside collection: carpet rolls (tied, four foot width max.), mattresses/box springs, couches, lawn care equipment (fluids must be removed), disassembled swing sets (no longer than five foot lengths), BBQ grills, disassembled toilets (in two pieces), plumbing fixtures, standard televisions, snow blowers, shovels, toys, bicycles, water softeners, and empty water heaters. Please place items out by 6 AM on the same day as refuse collection. All other bulk items may require a charge to the resident. Call 847-391-5464 for details.
Computers and Electronics:
The City of Des Plaines Department of Public Works
& Engineering and Acme Refining have partnered for free electronics recycling. Des Plaines residents and businesses may bring items from 8 AM – 3 PM, every Wednesday, to the Public Works facility, 1111 Joseph J. Schwab (Campground) Road. Acme Refining wipes
all computer hard drives to the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) standard. Computers that meet requirements are then refurbished, while unusable equipment is recycled responsibly in accordance
with the Illinois Electronics Reuse & Recycling Act.
Items accepted include all computer components, phone equipment, hand-held electronics, DVD’s, VCR’s and televisions. Household appliances (white goods) will not be accepted. For more information, call the City of Des Plaines Public Works and Engineering Department at 847-391-5464.
Construction debris from small do-it-yourself projects must be placed in the garbage cart and be prepared in a way that allows the lid of the cart to close. Material that cannot be placed into carts is limited to ONE CUBIC YARD (3 ft. x 3 ft. x 3 ft.) and must be bundled. Bundles may not exceed 4 ft. in length or 50 lbs. in weight and must be placed at the curbside next to the wheeled carts. Doors should be cut in half, when possible. Nails must be removed from all boards. ARC Disposal is not responsible for collecting concrete, brick or asphalt.
Vulcan Materials of Elk Grove, 847-437-4181, can
be contacted for disposal of asphalt, brick or concrete at a cost.
- Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Elgin also
accepts re-usable, undamaged housing materials such as doors, flooring, lumber,
hardware, etc. 847-742-9905
Fluorescent Light Bulbs:
Hardware stores including Ace, Home Depot and True Value accept compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s) for recycling.
Another option, for Des Plaines residents ONLY, is to bring household fluorescent light bulbs to Public Works, 1111 Joseph Schwab (Campground) Road, 9AM – 3 PM, Monday
– Friday. Limit 4.
Year round Household Hazardous Waste disposal is available through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) at the following locations. Please
contact IEPA at 217-785-8604 or check their website at www.epa.state.il.us for further information.
City of Chicago Recycling Facility
1150 N. North Branch
1971 Brookdale Road
(on Goose Island)
Fire Station #4
Rock River Reclamation District
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) in Gurnee also accepts Household Hazardous Waste, by appointment only, twice per month: the second Saturday of every month and the fourth Monday of every month (except December). To schedule an appointment, contact SWALCO at 847-336-9340
Open Latex paint cans in a well-ventilated area and allow the paint to dry and harden completely (this may take a few days). An absorbent such as cat litter, sand or shredded paper may be added to absorb the moisture. Make sure the mixture is completely dry before disposing of the latex paint can in the garbage container. OIL-BASED paints must be taken to a Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
If you have additional questions, please call 847-391-5464.