Acceptable Recycling Materials

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  • Aerosol cans (must be empty)
  • Aluminum and tin food cans and foil (rinsed clean)
  • Aseptic packaging (juice boxes)
  • Boxes and cartons
  • Brown paper bags
  • Chipboard/paperboard (includes: brown or gray box board or paperboard, cereal boxes, shoe boxes, paper towel cores, flattened, 2′ by 2′ size max)
  • Corrugated cardboard (flattened, 2′ by 2′ size max)
  • Formed aluminum containers and wraps
  • Gable top containers (milk and juice cartons)
  • Glass bottles & jars (brown, green, and clear), rinsed clean
  • Magazines, Catalogs, and Telephone Books*
  • Mixed paper and junk mail, glossy and non-glossy (includes: stationary, notebook paper, post-it-notes, computer paper, flyers, greeting cards, file folders and all envelopes, with and without windows)
  • Newspaper (including all inserts and glossies)
  • Plastic containers (includes: colored or cloudy white milk jugs, juice boxes, water bottles, jars and jugs)
  • Steel cans
  • Steel paint cans and lids (clean and empty only)
  • Wet strength carrier stock

*Do you no longer want to receive telephone books? Visit the Product Stewardship Institute’s website to opt out today!


Items Not Recyclable

  • Car batteries and motor oil
  • Containers for oil products, pesticides, or chemicals
  • Frozen food packaging
  • Hangers
  • Juice pouches
  • Packing peanuts
  • Paper towels
  • Pizza boxes
  • Plastic wrap
  • Styrofoam (#6-PS plastic)**
  • Tissues
  • Window glass

Used tissues, paper towels, and pizza boxes are not recyclable for a number of reasons, most notably: contamination. These items are typically contaminated with oils, either from food, the environment, or the human body, which cannot separate from the paper fibers during the recycling process. This contamination can ruin entire batches of recycled material.


**Styrofoam and PS #6 Plastics

Styrofoam cups, and clamshell carry-out food containers, Styrofoam packing materials, and any plastic materials stamped with #6-PS are not recycled via the curbside recycling program. However, Styrofoam and PS #6 plastics are recycled when dropped off at these locations:

Abt Electronics
1200 N Milwaukee Ave, Glenview
(847) 967-8830
Thursday – Saturday: 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Abt accepts only white polystyrene (Styrofoam) for recycling. Using a machine to densify polystyrene, Abt bags and transports the densified coils to be reused to make picture frames and plastic woods. Please bring your recyclables to the Recycling Center, the freestanding building located just west of the main building.


This website was last updated on March 26, 2021. 

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