Review this handy summary of recycling opportunities around the area for a wide variety of products -- from A (American flags) to T (textiles).
The options for safe medication disposal sites around the north and northwest suburbs are growing. Here are some links to help find the closest or most convenient.
Police Department drug collection
Bring unused and expired prescription and pharmaceutical drugs -- including controlled substances -- to the Glenview Police Department lobby, 2500 East Lake Avenue (east side entrance) for disposal anonymously and free of charge 24/7. The collection receptacle is offered as part of the
Cook County Sheriff's Department Prescription Drug Take-Back Program. No sharps accepted.
First Friday recycling
The Village of Glenview offers a recycling collection day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first Friday of the month (except when impacted by a holiday) at Glenview Village Hall, 2500 East Lake Avenue.
Safely and responsibly dispose of:
Prescription and over-the-counter medications and sharps: Leave medications in their original containers and mark out personal information. No controlled substances or over-the-counter liquid medications will be accepted. Needles and syringes must be put in plastic containers, which can be provided.
The First Friday schedule for 2020 is: January 3, February 7, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, July 10*, August 7, September 11*, October 2, November 6 and December 4. (*Second Friday due to holidays)
Recycling Center in the Village Hall lobby
Bins are available at Village Hall to accept these items between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays (when Village Hall is open):
- American flags
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Because of changes with SWANCC's vendor, the Village of Glenview can no longer collect batteries for recycling. Alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 6V and 9V) can be safely disposed of in the trash with normal household waste. Rechargeable batteries can be recycled at Abt Electronics, the Northfield Township Road District recycling program (April-November) and Home Depot.
Get more information here.
Glenview Environmental Sustainability Awards
The Village of Glenview on November 20, 2018 recognized five organizations in or serving Glenview that are taking the lead with environmental stewardship, innovative best practices and community outreach.
Nominations are being accepted through September 1, 2020 for the Natural Resources Commission's 2020 awards program. Nominees can be any organization, including businesses, schools, houses of worship and volunteer groups that serve the Glenview community.
Award winners of the discontinued "Go Green Glenview":
Electronics recycling rules
Illinois became the 16th state to adopt an electronics recycling law known as the
Electronics Products Recycling and Reuse Act (SB2313) in September 2009. This legislation initially banned televisions and monitors from entering Illinois landfills effective January 1, 2012. Then, legislation was passed amending the Illinois Product Recycling and Reuse Act to expand the number of electronic products banned from Illinois landfills from four to 17. As of January 1, 2019, the list of acceptable items was amended. The list currently includes:
- Computers (including tablet computers)
- Electronic keyboards
- Facsimile machines
- Videocassette recorders
- Portable digital music players
- Digital video disc players
- Video game consoles
- Small scale servers
- Electronic mouse
- Digital converter boxes
- Cable receivers
- Satellite receivers
- Digital video disc recorders
Obsolete toxic electronic products are the fastest growing component of landfill waste. Discarded electronic products contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, beryllium and other toxic materials that once landfilled pollute the soil and may leach into ground water posing a risk to human health and the environment. Obsolete electronic products contain valuable materials that can be recycled for reuse such as copper, gold and circuit chips – just to name a few of the reusable materials. The reuse of these products conserves energy and natural resources.
Since 1999, the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) has worked with its member communities to provide environmentally-sound recycling for end-of-life electronics through one-day collection events, permanent drop-off locations and the At Home Pick Up Program. One of SWANCC’s permanent electronics drop-off location for residents that live in a member community is the
Glenview Transfer Station, 1151 N. River Road, across from the Maryville Academy. It is open most Saturdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Additionally, residents are able to utilize some retail store drop-offs during evening and weekend hours, such as Abt and
Glenview's green initiatives