Collection of Special Items

Household Products
For household products that cannot go into the curbside recycling program or in landfills, there are several ways to dispose of these materials through programs organized by SWANCC, the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County.  Arlington Heights is a member community of this regional, intergovernmental agency. As a member, Arlington Heights residents are provided with  a variety of waste management services, programs, and resource materials that include collections for special materials that are not allowed as part of curbside recycling or should not go into the garbage due to toxicity or recoverability (reuse and recycling).  

There are a variety of drop-off locations and programs offered through SWANCC for the collection of electronics and other items waste items that cannot be placed in landfills. Materials that can be recycled through SWANCC: 

  • Battery recycling
  • Compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) Recycling
  • Document Destruction Events
  • Electronics Recycling
  • Holiday Lights Recycling
  • Mercury Thermometer Disposal
  • Prescription Medications & Sharps Disposal
  • Residential Chemical Waste Disposal

The Village also offers special collections of household batteries, CFL bulbs and other items the the following locations: 

Health & Human Services 
Health & Human Services in the Village of Arlington Heights, 33 S. Arlington Heights Rd., accepts household batteries (including rechargeable AA, AAA, C, D, & 9V), CFL bulbs, eye glasses, ink cartridges, mercury thermometers, and thermostats during regular business hours. Rechargeable and/or 9V batteries must have masking tape on contact points to reduce risk of fire. 847-368-5760.

The Senior Center
The Senior Center, located at 1801 W. Central, accepts household batteries (including rechargeable AA, AAA, C, D, & 9V) and Sharps disposal during regular business hours. They also accept prescription and over the counter medications the first Thursday of each month from 11a.m.-1p.m.  847-253-5532.

Prescription Drug & Sharps Disposal
You can dispose of your prescription drugs and sharps at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, located at 1801 W. Central Road. Collections are offered the first Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. only; there is no collection in July.  

The remaining collection dates for 2017 are October 5, November 12 and December 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Please note that controlled substances will not be accepted. Personal/residential waste only; no commercial waste.

For more information please email the Senior Center.  The Senior Center is not able to accept medications of any kind outside the dates and hours listed. Sharps/needles are accepted anytime.

Collection of Prescription Drugs & Sharps is sponsored by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County.