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April 2, 2018, 7:00 am
Filed under: Electronics, Local Drop-off Sites

***The weekly Electronics Recycling dropoff in Hoffman Estates is being held every Monday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hoffman Estates Village Hall.***

To assist residents with collecting old electronics and to ensure environmentally safe recycling of these materials, the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) developed an Electronics Recycling Drop-off Program to collect electronics on an ongoing basis at no cost to Hoffman Estates residents and other SWANCC Community villages such as Elk Grove Village.  Proof of residency will be required.

Village residents can drop off electronics each Monday at the Village Hall, 1900 Hassell Road, Hoffman Estates.  Your cooperation in adhering to the times and dates is much appreciated.

Electronics will only be accepted on Mondays.  Electronics from businesses, churches and schools will NOT be accepted.

The program begins on April 2, 2018 and lasts through November 19, 2018.

Visit for a full list of acceptable items.


December 3, 2015, 7:00 am
Filed under: Light Bulbs, Local Drop-off Sites

The Village of Hanover Park has also opened up their recycling to ANY residential household.   You are welcome to recycle your holiday lights and extension cords beginning December 1 and ending in late January.

Take them to the Public Works Garage at 2121 W. Lake Street for disposal.  This dropoff is for HOUSEHOLDS only.

December 3, 2015, 7:00 am
Filed under: Light Bulbs, Local Drop-off Sites

If you live in Hoffman Estates or Elk Grove Village and you have holiday lights that have seen better days or simply aren’t working, here’s a good, green way to get rid of them.

Elk Grove Village residents may drop lights off at:
Elk Grove Village Community Development Counter
901 Wellington Avenue
Elk Grove Village
November 2, 2015 to March 31, 2016
(847) 357-4220

Hoffman Estates residents may drop lights off at:
Village Hall Lobby
1900 Hassell Road
Hoffman Estates
November 30, 2015 – February 5, 2016
Monday through Friday:  8:30 – 5:00
Saturday:  9:00-12:00
(847) 882-9100

Acceptable lights include:  mini-lights (or Italian lights), C7 lights, C9 lights, rope lights, LED lights, extension cords, etc.  All colors and lengths will be accepted. Garland, live greens, wreathes, or other non-recyclables are NOT accepted.  You must live in either one of the two communities listed.

July 1, 2015, 7:00 am
Filed under: Local Drop-off Sites

Electronics RecyclingRegretfully, due to issues with their recycling vendor, the Village of Hanover Park has been forced to discontinue their electronics dropoff location at their Public Works facility.

Over the past year, the Village of Hanover Park has served as a collection location for electronic recycling through a program administered through DuPage County.  During this time, the Village has collected over 26,000 tons of various electronics.

Therefore, as of July 1, 2015 the Village will no longer serve as a collection point and cannot accept electronics for recycling.  Staff is working to hire another vendor.  As stated in the Hanover Park press release of June 30, “the intent is to bring back electronic recycling as a service to the residents as soon as possible.”

We certainly wish them luck in getting the program reinstated!  It served as a wonderful location and the ease of use couldn’t have been better.  Should you wish to find other options for recycling your electronics, I encourage you to check out the County Recycling Guides on this blog.  You are always welcome to ask for assistance through this blog.  I will do what I can to find a location close to you.

Bicycle Drop-Off Sites
June 3, 2015, 7:00 am
Filed under: Biking, Local Drop-off Sites

Bike RidingDo you have an operating bike that you no longer need and would like to recycle?  If so, you might want to consider donating it through the Working Bikes Cooperative.   Schaumburg Township’s drop-off site is:

Alan Lloyd residence
1834 Carlisle Court
Schaumburg, IL 60194
Contact Mr. Lloyd at to schedule a drop-off
Working bicycles only.

Bike Connection
1226 N. Roselle Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60195

February 26, 2015, 7:00 am
Filed under: Local Drop-off Sites, Pharmaceuticals, Recycling

The Village of Hoffman Estates provides collection for unused pharmaceutical drugs and sharps (syringes, needles and lancets).

When:    First Wednesday of each month from 10-2.
Where:   Please use the Health and Human Services entrance at the south side of the Village Hall, 1900 Hassell Road.
Who:  Hoffman Estates residents only.
Info:  847-781-4850

February 20, 2015, 7:00 am
Filed under: Hazardous Wastes, Local Drop-off Sites

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Permanent dropoff locations in the Chicagoland area:

156 Fort Hill Drive
Naperville, IL

(located just north of Public Works at Fort Hill Drive & Jefferson Avenue)
Saturday and Sunday, 9-2
No latex paint.

Solid Waste Agency of Lake County
1311 N. Estes St.
Gurnee, IL
By appt only for all IL residents
Collections on 2nd Saturday & 4th Monday;

Rockford Rock River Reclamation District
3333 Kishwaukee
Rockford, IL
8-4 Sat.; 12-4 Sun.
No latex paint.

Cook County Goose Island
1150 N. Branch St.
Chicago, IL
Tues. 7-12; Thurs. 2-7;  1st Saturday of month 8-3
No latex paint.