Recycle/Reuse Drop-off

recycle_event_headerThe Reuse/Recycle Drop-off list describes in detail all items that will be collected at Skokie’s Spring Greening.



Since the drop-off is a drive-through, participants are asked to stay in their cars while volunteers unload recyclables at each station along the route. To help in this process, please box or bag your recyclables separately, so they can easily be removed from your car by the volunteers at each stop. The stations will be set up in the order below, with clothing unloaded first and electronics last, so please load your vehicle accordingly.

Please note that no oil-based stains, solvents, cleaning products, pesticides or medications will be accepted. Visit for information on household hazardous waste drop-off locations, or download this flyer: SWANCC Recycling.



Prom Dresses & Accessories  (Dreams Delivered)
Includes new and gently-worn formal dresses appropriate for prom, and accessories including formal shoes, hand bags, sparkly jewelry and wraps. 

Clothing & Shoes  (USagain)
Includes all used clothing and shoes in any condition, from reusable to rags.

Bicycles  (The Recyclery Collective)
Includes all used bicycles and parts.

Sports Equipment  (Play It Again Sports)
Includes used baseball gloves, skates, hockey equipment, camping gear and other used sports equipment.

Latex & Oil-based Paints (Paint Disposal Services, Inc.) $ Fees Apply
Latex paint will be accepted for recycling in any condition. Hardening or drying out of paint is not necessary. NO stains or sealants will be accepted. Please note: Recycling fees apply that must be paid by the resident. Cash or check only. Paint Disposal Prices Flyer
   LATEX: $2.00/quart, $3.50/gallon, and $10.00/5-gallon bucket
   OIL-BASED: $5.50/quart, $10.00/gallon, and $25.00/5-gallon bucket

Includes alkaline, rechargeable and car batteries.

Fire Extinguishers
Includes all full and discharged fire extinguishers.

Holiday Lights & Extension Cords
Includes holiday light strings (lights on the strings are OK) and extension cords.

American Flags
Includes all old, tattered and faded American flags. Will be disposed of properly by Advanced Disposal.

Ink & Toner Cartridges  (A&L Copier Services, Inc.)
Includes all ink and toner printer cartridges.

Baby Supplies  (The Women’s Centers of Greater Chicagoland)
Includes cribs (not dropside), carseats, high chairs, pack ‘n plays, bouncers, baby bath tubs, bassinets, strollers, booster chairs, changing tables, baby dressers, exersaucers and baby swings.

Books, CDs & DVDs  (Open Books)
Includes new and gently used books for children and adults (fiction, non-fiction, craft and cookbooks). NO encyclopedias, text books, work books or reference books. Also includes retail CDs and DVDs.

Fluorescent Bulbs
Includes spirals, twin tubes, quads, u-shaped and 4-foot fluorescent bulbs. Halogen and incandescent bulbs are also accepted.

Includes all clean paper: junk mail, school work, office paper, newspaper, magazines and craft paper. NO phone books, cardboard or food-contaminated paper.

Includes corrugated cardboard, broken down flat. No chipboard.

Scrap Metal & Propane Canisters
Includes scrap steel, aluminum, copper and other scrap metals, as well as empty propane canisters. No appliances or water heaters.

Vehicle Tires  (Firestone Complete Auto Care – Skokie)
Includes all used vehicle tires.

Paper Shredding  (Citadel Information Management – sponsored by First Bank & Trust)
Staples and paperclips are OK. Documents will be shredded on-site at the time of drop-off. Limit of three (3) boxes per vehicle.

Electronic Waste  (COM2 Recycling Services)
Includes all computers (from desktops to tablets), monitors, printers, mice, cables, keyboards, zip drives, scanners, fax machines, shredders, DVD and CD players, DVRs, MP3 players, PDAs, VHS recorders/players, video game consoles, digital cameras, camcorders, TVs (NO wood), converter boxes, cable and satellite receivers, answering machines, landline phones, typewriters, calculators and stereo equipment (NO wood). NO software, disks or VHS tapes. Also includes power tools, microwaves and small appliances (i.e., toasters, blenders and mini-refrigerators). NO humidifiers, dehumidifiers, vacuum cleaners, or air conditioners.
   Residential-use electronics from SWANCC community* residents ONLY.
   Electronics from businesses or institutions cannot be accepted.

Housewares, Small Appliances & Children’s Items (Goodwill Industries)
Includes miscellaneous housewares, small appliances in working order, and assorted children’s items.

Eye Glasses (Skokie Lions Club)
Includes all used eye glasses. Collection site will be indoors.

Hearing Aids  (North Suburban Hearing Service)
Includes all used hearing aids. Collection site will be indoors.

Cell Phones  (CPR Cell Phone Repair)
Includes all used cell phones. Collection site will be indoors.

Medications  (NorthShore University HealthSystem & Skokie Police Dept.)
Includes labeled prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications for people and pets in the original packaging. NO controlled substances or sharps (needles and syringes). Collection side will be indoors.

If no business or organization is listed above, those items will be collected and recycled by District 219, the Village of Skokie or the Skokie Park District.

*Electronic waste can only be accepted from SWANCC residents.

This includes the following communities:
Arlington Heights, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, Skokie, South Barrington, Wheeling, Wilmette and Winnetka.


Presented By

NorthShore University HealthSystem
Evanston Subaru in Skokie
First Bank and Trust

Vendor/Exhibitor Info

Volunteer Information


For more information about this
green Skokie event, please call
(847) 674-1500, ext. 2500.