Public Works - Recycling Collection Guidelines

Skokie residents have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the environment through the Village's comprehensive weekly curbside recycling program.

Click here for the "Recycle More. Trash Less." brochure which lists materials that are accepted and banned from the recycling program.

Please DO NOT mix garbage or landscape waste in the recycling cart. In curbside collection areas, set out recycling containers by 7 a.m. on the day of collection, but not before 6 p.m. the night before collection. Collection of recyclable materials occurs every week in single family residential areas. The total weight of the filled cart should not exceed 150 pounds. Please flatten large boxes and place them next to the cart. For information on hazardous waste drop-off locations or other specialized recycling events, contact the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) at 847/724-9205 or visit

Materials accepted in the recycling program:
Non-Paper Material; Aluminum cans, foil & tins; Steel, tin, & bi-metal cans ; Empty/dry steel paint cans; Aseptic cartons; Empty aerosol cans; Glass containers - all colors; Plastic containers marked— 1-5, 7; Beverage six-pack rings; Foam egg cartons; Small plastic foam trays; Paper Material; Newspaper; Magazines; Catalogs; Phone books; Junk mail; Gift wrap; White paper; Corrugated cardboard; Chipboard (cereal boxes, etc.) and Colored paper.

Materials not accepted in the recycling program:
Plastic bags; Window Glass; Mirrors; Glassware; Light Bulbs of any kind; Dishes; Ceramics; Scrap Metals of any kind; Coat Hangers (both wire and plastic); Cookware; Hard Covered Books; Pizza Boxes that are oily or greasy or have food stuck inside; Food Scraps; Used Paper Plates and Paper Towels; Tissue or Toilet Paper; Film; Photos; CD's; Videotapes; Electronic Equipment; Electronic Wire or Cable; Any Type of Chemical Containers; Motor Oil; Transmission Fluid; Anti-Freeze Containers or Petroleum Containers; Clothing; Shoes; Yard Waste; Wood; Toys; Vinyl or Rubber Products; Carpet; Medical Waste and any Trash.



 How To Recycle

Newspaper, magazines, flyers, junk mail, office paper etc.: Place directly in your cart.
Cardboard and boxes: Boxes should be flattened.  Soiled cardboard is not recyclable.  Collection cardboard should be broken down, bundled with twine or string and placed alongside the cart.
Mixed paper materials: Flatten chipboard boxes and remove liners. Rinse out and crush beverage cartons.  Pet food bags, or any bags with a moisture liner, are not recyclable. Soiled fiber material such as used tissue paper, paper towels or paper plates are not recyclable.
Mixed non-fiber, such as aluminum cans; steel paint and aerosol cans; clear brown or green glass containers; plastic containers marked 1-7: Thoroughly rinse out containers and crush them if possible. Remove all caps and lids from containers and cans, and discard. Place mixed non-paper materials in the recycling cart.  Steel paint cans must be dried out.  All aerosol cans must be empty before being placed in the recycling cart.
Hazardous waste disposal or any materials not collected in the recycling program: Contact the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) at 847/724-9205 or visit