In 2008, the Village Board signed the Greenest Region Compact of Metropolitan Chicago, thereby establishing their commitment to improve the region’s air, water and land, reduce greenhouse gases, minimize waste, and reduce energy consumption through a series of environmental actions. As part of our going green initiative, Glendale Heights through the support of the DuPage Water Commission began a Water Conservation and Protection Program aimed at providing information and tools to our residents about being good stewards of our finite water supply. The Village also initiated several new community-wide recycling and disposal programs, including Battery Recycling, Cell Phone Recycling, Medical Equipment Recycling, and a Pharmaceutical Disposal Program. All of these “Go Green” efforts led to the Village earning its Earth Flag and a Resolution of Commendation from the DuPage County Board in 2009 for our ongoing commitment to the environment.
Upcoming Green Events
One Stop Re-Use & Recycling Depot Got Junk? Have unwanted, obsolete items cluttering your garage, storage and living areas? Drop them off at the
“One-Stop, Reuse & Recycling Depot” held on Saturday, April 27 from 8:00 am to Noon in the Glendale Heights Public Works Parking Lot located at 1615 Glen Ellyn Road. Click here to learn more.
SAVE the DATE. Mark your calendars for the following Recycling Collection Events and Fairs. Click here to visit SCARCE (School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education) for an updated list of current events offered throughout DuPage County.
On January 1, 2012 a ban goes into effect in the State of Illinois, which prohibits throwing electronics into landfills. Click here for more information.
Glendale Heights' Eco-Friendly Programs
Cooking Oil Recycling Program: Bring your used cooking oil in a milk jug, 5-gallon bucket, or the
container you bought it in to Public Works, 1615 Glen Ellyn Road, on Saturday, November 30 from 8am - Noon. Your cooking oil will be recycled for free by Green Grease Environmental and
turned into bio-fuel.
This event allows you to eliminate your cooking oil in an environmentally friendly way. Cooking oil sticks to sewer pipes, causing clogs and breaks that
are costly for homeowners and the Village to fix. Grease can also interfere with water treatment at our sanitary facilities.
Electronic Recycling Program: Collections Accepted on THURSDAYS (7:30 AM – 3:00 PM; May-Nov ONLY) at the
Village of Glendale Heights Public Works Garage-1635 Glen Ellyn Rd. All electronic equipment accepted except for items containing hazardous waste or refrigerants; visit (please link to
article) for list of items accepted. For more information, you may contact email@example.com. Please
note: This is a self-serve, drop-off facility. Please bring assistance if needed, to unload your items. If you or are a Business, School, or Organization,
please contact Creative Recycling at 630.752.0056 to make arrangements for drop-offs. Click here to learn more about
Holiday Lights Recycling Program: Have your holiday lights lost their twinkle? The Village of Glendale
Heights is collecting broken lights from November through April at the Public Works Garage, 1635 Glen Ellyn Road, weekdays from 7:30 am - 3:00 pm. Acceptable items: All
color and lengths of mini-lights (Italian lights), C7, C9, rope lights, LED lights, and extension cords. For more information, you may visit
www.elginrecycling.com. Click here to download the flyer (pdf).
Battery Recycling Program: Look for our Battery Recycle container at
any public counter. We are accepting household batteries, including AA, D and 9-volt, at Village buildings during normal operating hours.
Cell Phone Recycling Program: The Glendale Heights Police Department is
collecting digital cell phones, chargers, and their batteries. Please drop-off cell phones and their necessary accessories in a plastic bag to the Police Department at 300 Civic Center
Plaza, or call 1.630.909.5459 for more information.
Used Medical Equipment Recycling Program: The Village’s Medical
Equipment Pantry accepts walkers, wheel chairs, canes, quad canes, crutches, commodes and other bathroom equipment. To schedule your drop-off appointment or to borrow equipment, please
call the Police Community Outreach at 1.630.909.5459.
U.S. Flag Disposal Program: A Flag Depository is located at the turn about of the Civic Center Plaza
parking lot. Please retire your unserviceable, torn, tattered, faded flag for proper military disposal. For more information, you may contact Trustee Chester Pojack at 1.630.909.5310.
Click on the following titles to read the newspaper articles written regarding the Glendale Heights Flag Disposal Program:
Greening Efforts in Our Community
Huskie Tools Makes Smart Environmental Choices (pdf)
Queen Bee District 16 Schools Earn Earth Flag (pdf)
Eaton Corporation Cleans Up Litter and Plants Flowers at Heritage Park (pdf)
Electronic Recycling Program Started 11/19/10
Collection Count, as of 5/31/2013, 186,744 lbs. For program information, click here. Program runs May - November.
An Electronics Landfill Ban goes into effect on January 1, 2012. Click here for more information.
Click here for more information on how to use a rain barrel to "preserve every drop."
Where to find a Recycling Facility. Click here for information on where to find a location to recycle items not accepted by your waste/recycling service provider.
DuPage County Recycling Guide (pdf)
You can also visit: www.dupageco.org/recycling
The Homeowners Guide
Safely Dispose of Expired or Unused Medications. Click here to download a pdf press release regarding the new RxBOX drop box.
For great green cleaning recipes, click here.