Special Material Drop Off Programs

The Village of Palatine has suspended the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) special materials drop-off program due to COVID-19 until further notice.  This includes medicines/pharmaceuticals, sharps/needles, mercury thermometers, compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs) and florescent tubes.  Please do not being these materials to the Village Hall, as they cannot be collected or disposed.  We apologize for the inconvenience and request that you check back for updates.

If necessary, medicines and properly contained sharps may be disposed of with other household waste in your refuse cart.  

To ensure safe handling, medicines should be mixed with coffee grounds, kitty litter, or saw dust in a sealed disposable container before placing with other household waste.  Unused or unwanted medicines should not be flushed down the toilet or poured into the sink.  These methods create the potential for harmful chemicals to end up in our lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater.

Never place loose medical sharps in your refuse cart for disposal.  Never place any medical sharps or medical sharps containers in your recycling cart.  Medical sharps may be placed in either a sharps container purchased from a pharmacy or health care provider, or in a heavy‐plastic or metal container.  Household containers, such as plastic detergent bottles, can be used if heavy duty tape is used to secure the lid to the container and the words “Do Not Recycle” are written on the container with a permanent marker. The container should also be puncture‐proof with a tight‐fitting lid.

Until the special materials drop off program resumes, please see the following links for disposal and recycling resources, including medical waste/expired medicines, mercury, thermometers and florescent bulbs.  Always call first before bringing materials for drop off.  

SWANCC – Green Pages Reuse and Recycling Directory 


IEPA – Medication and Sharps Disposal


Contact your pharmacist or health care provider for questions about disposal options for medications and sharps, including options for mail.