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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.

Electronic Waste

Beginning in 2012, the disposal of computers, televisions, and other electronic devices was banned from Illinois landfills. Under the state law, electronic waste (E-waste) had to be recycled by a registered collector, recycler and/or manufacturer and many curbside waste haulers stopped accepting electronic waste.

Starting in January 2018, Groot Industries will be accepting electronics for recycling in Bartlett as part of its waste hauler contract. Residents will not need a sticker for e-cycling, it is included in their monthly waste fee. However, they will need to notify Groot beforehand so the company can bring the appropriate vehicle for collection. Please call Groot at 847-429-7370.

Electronics may also be dropped off at Registered Residential E-Waste Collection Sites. The Electronic Products and Recycling Act allows each registered collector to decide which of the covered electronic devices they choose to accept, so please call and inquire which devices they will or will not accept.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, electronics are complex devices, made with a wide variety of materials, such as lead, nickel, cadmium and mercury. These components could pose a risk to human health or the environment if mismanaged at their end of life.

Additionally, the U.S. EPA has found that recycling electronics recovers valuable materials, resulting in reduced greenhouse gas emissions, pollution reduction, energy savings, and resources conserved by extracting fewer raw materials from the Earth.

Reduce, Re-Use & Recyle

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


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 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 for a complete list of recycling contamination items