Accepted Recyclable Material

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Sorting recyclable materials is no longer required. Republic Services is using a single-stream collection system to pick up our recyclable materials.
  • Please be sure to rinse out and clean recyclable containers before placing them for collection.
  • Remove caps and place them in your recycling bin separately. Often these are made from different plastics and will need to be processed differently.

Commingled Containers

Recyclable plastic products are identifiable by the three arrow triangle surrounding a number and the plastic type abbreviation. The three arrow triangle is usually found on the bottom of the item.

The following plastics are recyclable:
  • #1 PETE (clear and green plastic resin) - Soda, water & flavored beverage bottles
  • #2 HDPE (clear or colored plastic resin) - Milk or juice jugs, detergent & fabric softener containers
  • #3 PVC or Vinyl - Health and beauty aid products, household cleaners, narrow neck containers only
  • #4 LDPE Grocery Containers - Margarine tubs, frozen desert cups, six and twelve pack rings.
  • #5 PP Grocery Containers - Yogurt cups and narrow neck syrup and ketchup bottles.
  • #7 Plastic Resin - Narrow neck containers only.
  • Plastic buckets - Such as kitty litter containers, 5 gallon size maximum, please remove metal handles.
Other recyclable containers:
  • Aluminum and steel cans
  • Aluminum foil
  • Pie plates
  • Decorative tins
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Aseptic Packaging & gable top containers (milk and juice cartons)
  • Glass bottles and jars (clear, brown or green)


  • Kraft brown paper bags
  • Newspapers (plastic sleeves must be removed)
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs
  • Cardboard (no waxed cardboard, no pizza boxes) - must be flattened
  • Chipboard (cereal, cake and food mix boxes)
  • Shoe boxes
  • Junk mail (no plastic cards, stick on labels or unused stamps)
  • Paper back books (no hard cover)
  • Office, Computer and notebook paper (no metal clips, spirals or binders)
  • Gift Wrap Paper
  • Flyers
  • Cards
  • Windowed envelopes
  • Telephone books
Please note, items that have food contamination (like a pizza box with cheese on it) are not recyclable.

Items We Cannot Recycle

  • Motor oil, insecticide, herbicide or hazardous chemical containers, even if rinsed and cleaned.
  • Plastic grocery or store bags. Most grocery stores have boxes in the store where these can be recycled.
  • Plastic film (plastic sheets, tarps or wrap).
  • #6 - Expanded foam or clear polystyrene
    • styrofoam packing peanuts
    •  foam inserts that are inside a box to protect electronics
    • CD cases
    • clear plastic cutlery
  • Window Glass
  • Dinnerware
  • Ceramics
  • Light Bulbs (these may be recycled in the special bin at Village Hall)
  • Electronic Components
  • Clothing
  • Batteries
If you have any questions about whether or not an item is recyclable, contact Republic Services at (847) 981-0091. SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education) also has more information about curbside recycling on their website.