Recycling Collection

COVID-19 Update:  If you or someone in your household is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please bag all recyclables and place them in your trash/refuse cart.  You may resume normal recycling when no one in your home exhibits any symptoms.  Disposable gloves, masks, and medical tubing cannot be recycled.  These items must be bagged and thrown into the trash.

Collection

Skokie households receive a 65 gallon cart that is serviced by Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) .  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.  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 pickup, but not before 6 p.m. the night before collection.

How To Recycle

Only put containers - bottles, tubs, jugs, and jars in your recycling cart.  Why aren't we recycling by number anymore?  Many films and bags have numbers that are considered recyclable, but they cannot be recycled.  They are considered tanglers that can damage the recycling processing equipment .  Do not place plastic bags or films in the recycling cart.  Instead, visit www.plasticfilmrecycling.org and type in your zip code for locations that accept plastic film.  Please note, caps and lids should be rinsed and place back on their original container and recycled.  

Recyclables should be loose, not bagged.  

recycling tubs and containers graphic

To print and post the guidelines for easy reference, click here.


Cardboard & 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.

Clean pizza boxes are accepted.  However, any pizza box with more than a few small drops of grease should be thrown out or it could contaminate other recyclables. 

Pizza Box - Bad (1) Pizza Box - Good (1)

Mixed Paper Materials

Flatten cardboard boxes and remove liners. Rinse out beverage cartons; do not crush. 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.  Shredded paper is not recyclable through the weekly collection program.

Bottles, Tubs, and Containers  

Thoroughly rinse out containers. Do not crush.  Rinse caps and lids and place back on container.  All colors of glass are accepted.  Steel paint cans must be dried out. All aerosol cans must be empty before being placed in the recycling cart.  No foam trays or egg cartons.

What about my other items?

The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) has an A-Z Directory to recycle or reuse items you no longer need.

View or download information about the Village’s numerous residential recycling initiatives.

Skokie's Spring Greening is an annual event each April that hosts electronics recycling, paper shredding, and more.

Electronics Recycling is available free at SWANCC.  Please visit their website for acceptable materials and drop-off times.

Hazardous Waste Disposal or Any Materials Not Collected
For more information see our Household Hazardous Waste Page or Contact the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC).

Lakeshore Recycling

Recycling collection is provided by Lakeshore Recycling Systems, who has been contracted by the Village. For information on Lakeshore’s recycling collection, visit their website, or call at 773/685-8811.

Did you know?  Lakeshore offers one free recycling toter with once a week pick-up to businesses?  Call them today!

Skokie Textile Recycling Program

An estimated 85 percent of textiles end up in landfills, despite charitable collection centers and pick up services. To help reduced this the Village of Skokie has partnered with Simple Recycling. 

The Simple Recycling program works like this: Place textiles in the Simple Recycling plastic bag next to your recycling cart on recycling collection day and Simple Recycling collects the bags in a specially marked van.  Simple Recycling collection crews need to see your orange bag in order to collect it properly and to provide you with a replacement bag.

You will receive a replacement bag after your textiles are collected. To order extra bags, click here or call 866/835- 5068.

Any textiles in any condition are accepted. Here is a list of items to recycle: • Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing • Boots, shoes, sandals, socks, undergarments • Belts, ties, handbags, purses • Coats, jackets, gloves, hats, scarves • Sheets, pillow cases, pillows, blankets, comforters • Table linens, towels • Stuffed animals

Simple Recycling is a private company and cannot give a receipt for a tax deduction. Residents who would like a tax donation receipt or otherwise wish to contribute unwanted textiles, apparel items and household goods to a charity are encouraged to go to one of two charity centers in Skokie: 

Goodwill Store and Donation Center
5518 West Touhy Avenue

Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center
4335 Oakton Street

Simple Recycling sends collected material to a thrift store facility in Chicago, where roughly 30 percent of the material goes to local thrift stores, another 30 percent is appropriate for overseas markets and the remainder is processed into fiber or repurposed as industrial rags.

For more information on the Simple Recycling service, please contact the Public Works Department at 847/933-8427.