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Our driving principle is to guide and educate the Village residents, organizations, and visitors to reduce, reuse, and recycle whenever possible and to divert increasing amounts of solid waste from our landfills. 

In 2015, the EFC rolled out its Commercial District Recycling & Trash Receptacle Program. Twenty-five sets of outdoor recycling/trash receptacles were placed throughout the Village’s commercial districts. The recycling receptacles are designated with signage on the top and sides of the containers. Accepted recyclable materials include paper, cardboard, and containers/cans made from glass, metal/aluminum, and plastics except those labeled #6. In 2018, three more sets of recycling/trash receptacles were installed throughout the Village's commercial districts.

In 2013 Winnetka recycled 29.84% of its waste from the landfill. In 2014, the Village collected approximately 310 tons of recyclables from the commercial districts.

For more information on recycling, contact the Public Works Department at 847-716-3568. Please help Winnetka increase the percentage of our waste that is recycled rather than sent to landfill. Learn more about the various recycling programs in Winnetka and surrounding communities.  Links provided below.

Click here to view the Village's Recycling Guide!

Click here to view the SWANCC Special Material Programs Guide!

Recyclable Items

The Village currently offers curbside recycling pick up for many paper, plastic (1-7 except 6), and glass items. Click here for details.

Working in conjunction with SWANCC (Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County) the Village also offers recycling of electronic items, such as televisions and computer monitors. It is illegal to dispose of these items in landfills.

For recycling of smaller electronics, such as laptop computers and mp3 players, the Village partners with Avenues to Independence. These items can be dropped off at the Public Works facility located at 1390 Willow Road, weekdays from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. For more information on the program and a list of acceptable electronics, click here.

The Village has a working relationship with Dart Container Corp. where we are able to recycle #6 Styrofoam, both block-style and food service items.

Through the Winnetka Fire Department the Village provides for the safe disposal of most prescription and over-the-counter medicine.

As part of its Refuse and Recycling services, the Village offers Yard Waste collection. Click here for details.

You may also recycle your used, worn out athletic shoes at the Public Works facility located at 1390 Willow Road, weekdays from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

The Village has a year round recycling collection of all types of holiday lights at the Public Works Yards.


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