Recycling

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New recycling trucks have improved recycling service in Bartlett. Residents no longer need to separate paper from other recyclables. However, recyclable containers should be rinsed free of food, with caps/lids removed and corrugated cardboard boxes, paperboard and wet strength carrier stock boxes should be flattened.

Here is a current list of acceptable recyclables:

 

 Paper Items  Non-Paper Items
  • Newspaper and all inserts 
  • Magazines & catalogues
  • Telephone directories
  • Brown paper bags
  • Junk mail -- brochures, flyers, greeting cards, advertisements, post cards, window envelopes
  • Mixed paper -- stationery, notebook paper, computer paper, typing paper, bond envelopes
  • Corrugated cardboard -- clean, without food residue
  • Paperboard (Chipboard) -- cereal boxes, pasta boxes, clothing boxes, tissue boxes
  • Wet Strength Carrier Stock -- frozen food packages, carriers for beer and soda pop
  • Gable top milk cartons
  • Juice boxes
 Glass Items
  • Bottles and jars only
  • Brown, green, blue and clear glass
  • NO mirrors, drinking glasses or window glass accepted

Metal Items

  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil
  • Aluminum baking trays/pie plates
  • Steel or tin cans
  • Aerosol cans

Plastic Items

  • PET (#1) Plastic Bottles -- plastic beverage containers, 2- and 3-liter soda bottles
  • Other PET (#1) Plastic Containers -- plastic plates and trays, plastic flower pots, other #1 non-bottle shaped containers
  • HDPE (#2) Plastic Bottles -- laundry detergent, milk and water bottles, shampoo and personal care bottles. NO motor oil, anti-freeze, pool chemical or other hazardous waste containers
  • Other HDPE (#2) Plastic Containers -- margarine tubs, baby wipe containers, plastic cups, other #2 non-bottle shaped containers
  • #5 Plastics - yogurt, cottage cheese and other food & grocery containers. #5 plastics used for toys or other household items are not accepted
  • Plastic 6- & 12-pack rings
  • NO polystyrene (#6) plastic containers or styrofoam containers, packing material or packing peanuts.

Another way to recycle is to donate to local charitable groups. Goodwill takes donations of new and gently used household items, clothing and furniture to further its mission of providing work opportunities and training for people with disabilities and disadvantages. In addition, Goodwill helps extend the useful life of unused items, and keeps those items out of a landfill.  Think of your local Goodwill Store & Donation Center as another option for recycling.

Goodwill Industries of Metropolitan Chicago 
Bartlett Store & Donation Center 
1420 S. IL Route 59 
(630) 837-1410 
www.amazinggoodwill.com

 

Information from SCARCE

SCARCE stands for: School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education. Located at 799 Roosevelt Road, Glen Ellyn, IL, 630-545-9710. Visit www.scarceecoed.org for hours and other information.

The SCARCE mission is to "Inspire people, through education, to preserve & care for the Earth's natural resources, while working to build sustainable communities."

SCARCE recently put together the following DOs & DON'Ts guidelines for recycling in the greater Bartlett/Dupage area along with a Recycling Resource Fact Sheet and a list of recycling contaminants:

SCARCE Recycling Resources & Cooking Oil Collection Information
SCARCE Recycling Resources & Cooking Oil Collection Information - Spanish
Recycling Contamination List

Recycle DOs -- yes, put these items in your curbside recycling bin:
• Plastic containers
• Aluminum cans
• Steel or tin cans
• Glass food containers, lids are recyclable, but remove them from glass container
• Paper - including newspaper, envelopes, magazines, etc.
• Empty, dry paint cans with lids removed

DON'Ts --  these items do not belong in your curbside recycling bin:
• Garden hoses
• Plastic bags - drop off plastic bags at your local grocery store and most retail stores
• Paint cans still containing wet paint
• Hazardous Waste (Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville - the PW building, Drop-off hours: Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., excluding holidays)
• Scrap metal - including lawn chairs, metal hangers, fencing, etc. Save scrap metal for a spring Recycling Extravaganza or drop off at a scrap metal collection location
• Plastic toys, plastic bins, plastic hangers, plastic lawn furniture, etc.
• Yard waste - put all yard waste in yard waste collection bags or bins only
• Fluorescent light bulbs and CFL bulbs (most Home Depots accept these bulbs for proper disposal)
• Visit scarce.org for a complete list of recycling contamination items