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).  

SWANCC staff works with an electronics and paper shredding vender to schedule one-day events that are hosted by member communities.  Additionally, there are three semi-permanent locations for residents to drop-off electronics from April – October at Mount Prospect, Hoffman Estates and Winnetka, and a year-round drop-off at the Agency’s Glenview Transfer Station on Saturday mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m.  All of the details are on SWANCC's website.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency provides four permanent Household Chemical Waste Facilities for residents in Illinois. Click here for more information. 

The Village offers special collections of CFL bulbs and other items at the following locations: 

Health & Human Services 
Health & Human Services in the Village of Arlington Heights, 33 S. Arlington Heights Rd., accepts rechargeable household batteries up to 11 pounds, plastic bags, CFL bulbs, eye glasses, ink cartridges, mercury thermometers, and thermostats during regular business hours. Rechargeable batteries must have masking tape on contact points to reduce risk of fire.

Holiday lights are accepted November - February each year in the Health & Human Services Department as well as at Public Works, 222 N. Ridge Ave.  847-368-5760.

The Senior Center 
The Senior Center, located at 1801 W. Central accepts sharps disposals from medications during regular business hours. Collection of Sharps is sponsored by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County.

The Police Department
Prescription and over the counter medications can be dropped off at the Police Department, 200 E. Sigwalt Street, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. No syringes, liquids, chemicals or inhalers.