Reuse and recycling drop-off

Residents are invited to drop off household items for recycling and reuse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 14. Over 20 recycling stations hosted by local businesses and organizations will be accepting household items, including clothing, baby supplies, extension cords, bicycles, electronics, medications, and more. The Reuse/Recycle Drop-off list describes in detail all items that will be collected at Skokie’s Spring Greening. Please note that no stains, solvents, cleaning products or pesticides will be accepted. Visit for information on household hazardous waste drop-off locations.

Since the drop-off is drive-through, participants are asked to stay in their cars while volunteers unload recyclables at each station along the route. To help in this process, please box or bag your recyclables separately so items can easily be removed from your car by the volunteers at each stop. The stations will be set up in the order below, with clothing unloaded first and electronics last, so please load your vehicle accordingly.

Please note that no sealants, solvents, cleaning products or pesticides will be accepted. 

Click here to download the list for easy reference (PDF).

If you can't make it to Skokie's Spring Greening event, visit these year-round recycling locations.

Baby Supplies (Share Our Spare)
Includes gently used baby carriers, baby swings, pack-and-plays, baby blankets, Bundle Me wraps, exersaucers, high chairs, booster seats, play mats, activity gyms and strollers; AND unused diapers (opened overwrap OK), baby soap and lotion, bottles, burp cloths and bibs, pacifiers and wipes. NO cribs, car seats, bath tubs, changing tables or furniture.

Prom Dresses & Accessories
Includes new and gently-worn formal dresses appropriate for prom, and accessories including formal shoes, hand bags, sparkly jewelry and wraps.

Textiles - Clothing & Shoes (Simple Recycling)
Includes all used clothing and shoes in any condition, from reusable to rags.

Bicycles (The Recyclery Collective)
Includes all used bicycles and parts.

Sports Equipment (Play It Again Sports)
Includes used baseball gloves, skates, hockey equipment, camping gear and other used sports equipment.

Ink & Toner Cartridges (A&L Copier Services, Inc.)
Includes all ink and toner printer cartridges.

Books, CDs & DVDs (Open Books)
Includes new and gently used hard cover and paperback books for children and adults (fiction, non-fiction, craft and cookbooks). NO encyclopedias, text books, work books or reference books. Also includes retail CDs, DVDs and LPs. NO homemade CDs or DVDs.

Fluorescent Bulbs
Includes spirals, twin tubes, quads, u-shaped and 4-foot fluorescent bulbs. Halogen and incandescent bulbs are also accepted.

Paper for Recycling - Not Shredding
Includes all clean paper: junk mail, school work, office paper, newspaper, magazines and craft paper. NO phone books, cardboard or food-contaminated paper.

Includes corrugated cardboard, broken down flat. No chipboard.

Includes rechargeable and car batteries. No alkaline batteries as no recycling options exist.

Fire Extinguishers
Includes all full and discharged fire extinguishers.

Holiday Lights & Extension Cords
Includes holiday light strings (lights on the strings are OK) and extension cords.

American Flags
Includes all old, tattered and faded American flags. Will be disposed of properly by Advanced Disposal.

Scrap Metal & Propane Canisters
Includes scrap steel, aluminum and copper; empty propane canisters; and other scrap metal. No appliances or water heaters.

Vehicle Tires
Includes all used vehicle tires.

Housewares, Small Appliances & Children’s Items (Goodwill Industries)
Includes miscellaneous housewares, small appliances and tools in working order, and assorted children’s items.

Eye Glasses and Hearing Aids (Skokie Lions Club)
Includes all used eye glasses and hearing aids.

Medications (NorthShore University HealthSystem & Skokie Police Department)
Includes labeled prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications for people and pets in the original packaging. Controlled substances are accepted. NO sharps (needles and syringes).

Latex & Oil-based Paints & Stains
( Fees apply
Latex and oil-based paints will be accepted for recycling in any condition. Hardening or drying out of paint is not necessary. NO sealants will be accepted. Please note that recycling fees apply that must be paid by the resident. Cash or check only. LATEX: $2/quart | $4/gallon | $10/5-gallon bucket
OIL-BASED: $5.50/quart | $10/gallon | $25/5-gallon bucket

Documents Destruction (Vanguard & ProShred)
Sensitive documents only (financial or medical records) will be shredded on-site at the time of drop-off. Limit of three (3) boxes per vehicle. No photos, plastics or business/institution documents. Remove clips and binders.

Electronic Waste (COM2 Recycling Services)
(Note, there are changes from 2018.) Includes all computers (from desktops to tablets), monitors, printers, mice, cables, keyboards, zip drives, scanners, fax machines, shredders, DVD and CD players, DVRs, MP3 players, PDAs, VHS recorders/players, video game consoles, TVs (NO wood), cable and satellite receivers, and cell phones. The following are NOT accepted: stereo equipment, digital cameras, camcorders, converter boxes, software, disks or VHS tapes, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, vacuum cleaners, microwaves, small appliances (i.e., toasters, blenders and mini-refrigerators), answering machines, land line telephones, typewriters, calculators, or power tools.

Residential-use electronics from SWANCC community residents* ONLY. Electronics from businesses or institutions cannot be accepted.

Electronic waste can only be accepted from SWANCC residents. This includes the following communities: Arlington Heights, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, Skokie, South Barrington, Wheeling, Wilmette & Winnetka. Electronics from businesses or institutions cannot be accepted.

If no business or organization is listed above, those items will be collected and recycled by District 219, the Village of Skokie or the Skokie Park District.