Drop Off Disposal Programs
The Village of Palatine, in cooperation with Trex Recycling and the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), is pleased to offer a variety of free drop off disposal programs.
Specific drop off guidelines are listed below. Only residential waste is accepted. No waste will be accepted from business, schools or hospitals.
Collection Location and Times:
Where: Village of Palatine
Environmental Health Division
200 E Wood Street
When: Monday - Friday
From 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.
No controlled substances will be accepted. For a list of controlled substances visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/schedules/index.html or contact the Environmental Health Division at (847) 359-9090. Bring pharmaceuticals in their original containers with labels to identify contents. Personal information on the label can be blackened out.
Acceptable Items: Unused and expired prescription medications, prescription cough syrup, prescription eye and ear drops,
and unused and expired over the counter medications.
Unacceptable Items: Controlled substances and non-prescription liquids.
Bring sharps only in a rigid container with a lid. Containers must have a clear visible lid or be opened by resident upon request to view contents. No loose or bagged sharps will be accepted. The Environmental Health Division will also provide a free one-quart sharps container to residents who administer home-injections, while supplies last. When the sharps container is full, the resident should bring the container back for proper disposal.
Mercury Thermometers, Thermostats and Wall Switches
Bring mercury containing thermometers, thermostats and wall switches sealed in a plastic bag. Mercury thermometers will be exchanged for a new mercury-free thermometer at no cost, while supplies last. Mercury-containing products should be replaced with safer alternatives, whenever possible, to cut down on potential health risks.
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs and Fluorescent Lights
Bring compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s) and up to 4’ fluorescent lights sealed in a plastic bag. Broken light bulbs will not be accepted.
Bring household alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V) and rechargeable (NiCd, NiMh, lithium ion, lithium polymer) . Please note rechargeable batteries must have masking tape or contact points or be contained in an individual self-locking plastic bag.
Battery collection containers are located in the main lobby and may be dropped off Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Plastic Bag Recycling
Even the most ardent reusable bag user cannot avoid having plastic bags sneak into their home. They are everywhere; holding loaves of bread, hidden in cereal boxes, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, the list goes on and on. There are many ways to reuse plastic bags but at some point they all need to be disposed of properly. Since plastic bags and wrappers are not permitted in your recycling cart, what to do? Fortunately most retail and grocery store chains have recycle bins for plastic bags. They are usually conveniently located at the entries. In addition, the Village of Palatine has partnered with TREX and their plastic bag recycling program. Drop off bins are located in the Village Hall first floor lobby. More information on the TREX recycling program can be obtained at trexrecycling.com.
For additional information regarding the drop off disposal programs contact the Environmental Health Division at (847) 359-9090.