Items must be placed in the 65 or 35-gallon containers supplied by the City. Only items inside the cart will be picked up. All recycling containers must be removed from the curbside by the end of collection day.
Regulations & Guidelines
- Rolling Meadows provides single-sort recycling. Place all recyclables into recycling toter carts and the state of the art recycling facility does the rest.
- Only recyclable materials placed into the toter carts will be collected by the recycling company.
- Do not put refuse or yard waste in recycling carts.
- Accepted Paper Materials
- Accepted Non-Paper Materials
- Public Works Drop Off Center
- Unacceptable Materials
||Types of Items
|Corrugated boxes and brown paper bags
||This includes non-waxed corrugated cardboard and brown paper bags that fit into the recycling cart
|Magazines, catalogs, and paperback books
||This includes all glossy magazines, catalogs, and phone books.
||This includes junk mail, computer paper, and stationary. This material may be mixed with newspaper).
|Newspaper||This includes weekly and Sunday newspaper and all insets. Do not tie newspapers in bundles.
|Paperboard||This includes cereal and other dry food boxes, pop, beer, and egg cartons.
|Categories||Types of Items
|Aluminum cans and foil
||This includes all aluminum containers for food and beverages, foil, and pie plates.
|Aseptic packaging and gable top containers
||This includes, juice boxes, milk cartons, and juice cartons.
|Glass bottles and jars
||This includes all clear, brown and green glass bottles.
|Plastic containers and can carrier rings
||All clean plastic containers with numbers 1 through 7 with the exception of those containing automotive products, pool chemicals, paint thinner, and wood working products are accepted. All 6 and 12-pack can loop carriers are accepted.
||This includes all steel and part metal containers 1-gallon or less in size. Empty aerosol cans are also accepted.
|Categories||Types of Items|
|Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs||
This is a recycling program for residents who have spent Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) they wish to dispose of. The resident must reside in a household that is a member of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC).
No commercial or institutional waste will be accepted. IDs will be checked.
Fluorescent tubes up to 4 feet will also be accepted at our facility.
Alkaline and rechargeable batters
This includes household batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, and button cells) and rechargeable batters (NiCad, NiMh, lithium ion, and lithium polymer) at Public Works Department. Rechargeable batters must be in sealed plastic bags or have the end taped over in order to be disposed.
|Sharps Disposal||Disposal of used sharps containers.|
|Medicines and Pharmaceuticals||Over the counter drugs and prescription medicines (except for controlled substances).|
To comply with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, the following items are not accepted for recycling and should be taken to to a local retail outlet or a household hazardous waste collection site for proper disposal:
- Garden chemicals
- Old paint
- Propane tanks
Currently Unacceptable Items
The following are not currently accepted for recycling through the City's recycling program:
- Light bulbs
- Plastic bags
- Plate glass (windows)
- Shirt hangers
- ToysVisit the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County website to find oil drop-off locations near you.