Document Destruction & Electronics Recycling Event – July 28th

For the 6th consecutive year, the Village will partner with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) to host a one-day Document Destruction & Electronics Recycling Event. The event will be held at the Village’s Public Works Facility.

Saturday, July 28, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Public Works Municipal Yard
711 Laramie Ave, Wilmette, IL

This event is open to all Wilmette residents and residents of all other SWANCC communities; identification will be checked for proof of residency. Materials from businesses, schools, or institutions will not be accepted. PLEASE NOTE: This event will end promptly at noon. Do not drop off electronics outside of the scheduled date and time.


Paper documents must be brought to the event in either paper shopping bags or cardboard boxes – NO PLASTIC BAGS please! To avoid back-up or capacity issues, we must limit residents to six file-size boxes or paper shopping bags per vehicle. Please DO NOT include magazines, newspapers, or craft paper, as these items can be recycled in curbside programs. Staples and paper clips are acceptable, but binders and metal clips should be removed.

All documents will be shredded on-site by Accurate Document Destruction, Inc. Workers will remove documents from vehicles and put them in a toter. When the toter is full, it is suctioned into the truck and cross-shredded at once. The shredded documents are transported to Groot’s recycling facility in Elk Grove Village and baled before being recycled into new paper.


In 2012 Illinois enacted legislation banning most electronics from landfills; therefore, electronics can no longer be collected with residential waste. For a complete list of items that will be accepted at Wilmette’s one-day event, please visit SWANCC’s electronics recycling contractor, COM2, specializes in the reuse and de-manufacturing of electronic equipment for raw material value. Recycled hard drives are either wiped clean according to Department Of Defense Media Sanitization Guidelines or shredded if they cannot be recycled.

DO NOT Bring: Dehumidifiers, Humidifiers, Air Conditioners, Vacuum Cleaners, Refrigerators and other large home appliances, batteries or CFL bulbs.

For more information, please contact Public Works at (847) 853-7500 or