Recycling

All households with Village refuse collection service are eligible to participate in the curbside recycling program at no charge. Each household received a 65 gallon recycling cart in August 2014, which remains the property of the Village. Additional or replacement bins may be ordered through Groot at 800-244-1977. Residents are advised to imprint their address on the bin with a permanent marker. Please call the Village at 847-588-7900 to request more information.

The recycling cart should be placed out by the regular garbage on the normal garbage collection day no earlier than 5:00 PM the day before pick-up. The emptied cart should be removed from the curbside by the evening of the collection day.

Accepted Items

The following materials can be placed in the recycling bin:
  • Aluminum
  • Juice boxes
  • Catalogs
  • Cereal boxes (chipboard)
  • Clear, green, and brown glass
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Magazines
  • Mixed papers (Junk mail, white and colored paper, etc.)
  • Newspapers
  • Phone books
  • Tin, steel, and bimetal cans
  • All plastic bottles and containers with symbols underneath (shown below)
Preparing Materials
Materials for collection in the recycling bin should be prepared as follows:
  • Glass bottles / jars - Rinse and remove label, cap, and plastic ring
  • Metal cans - Rinse and remove label
  • Newspaper - Place on bottom or place on top, tied with string or in a brown paper bag next to the recycling bin
  • Mixed papers - Place on bottom of bin or in a separate paper bag than newspapers
  • Plastic containers - Rinse and remove cap and plastic ring
Plastic recycle symbols

Electronics Recycling


Once a year during the summer, the Village of Niles holds an electronics recycling and document destruction event. For the yearly date, please contact Niles Public Services at 847-588-7900.

For year-round information on drop-off locations for electronic recycling, please visit SWANCC's website.
Hazardous Waste
Household chemical waste is not permitted in regular curb-side pickup. Examples of materials not allowed in the regular curb waste stream include latex paint, pool chemicals, lawn chemicals, fluorescent bulbs, propane tanks, smoke detectors, medical waste, drain cleaners, and gasoline. For a complete list or if you are unsure, please contact Groot at 800-244-1977. For information on recycling events for hazardous materials or drop-off locations, please visit the SWANCC website.

Prescription drugs can be dropped off at the Niles Police Department Prescription Drug Drop Box at 7000 W Touhy Avenue.

Holiday Light Recycling


Every year, residents find themselves purchasing new strands of holiday lights. Through this free recycling program, old holiday lights are reclaimed, reprocessed, made into new products and kept out of the landfills, making the season much brighter. Elgin Recycling, Inc. will gather the collected material, which will then be processed at their Palatine facility. The strands are chopped, separated, baled and sold as a commodity to foundries and mills in the United States.

This recycling program is sponsored by the Village of Niles, the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), and Elgin Recycling, Inc. This program runs November through February each year. Drop off locations are the Niles Fitness Center and Public Services building.

Latex Paint Recycling
In cooperation with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), the Village of Niles had collected latex paint for recycling. Unfortunately, this program will no longer be funded by SWANCC; therefore it has been discontinued. During the program trial we were able to recycle almost 1,400 gallons of paint through this program.

While the recycling program will no longer be offered, residents wishing to recycle latex paint may still do so at some area hardware stores. A complete listing of participating stores can be found online. Additionally, many local theatre groups, churches, and housing authorities also accept leftover paint and put it to good use. Should you have a significant amount of paint that is usable, you may wish to contact Habitat for Humanity at 847-742-9905 to make a donation.

If recycling is not an option or you do not have enough to donate, the easiest way to dispose of paint would be to use it up completely by applying another coat of paint to your project. However, should you need to dispose of latex paint, let the can dry out completely and place it in your regular garbage container. Shredded newspapers, kitty litter or Waste Paint Hardener (available at most hardware stores) can be added to the paint to quicken the hardening process.

Remember to let the paint dry out completely in a well ventilated area away from children and pets. After the paint has completely dried you may place the container in your garbage for collection. Residents that have additional questions may contact the Niles Public Services Department at 847-588-7900.

Program Trial Ended
In cooperation with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), the Village of Niles had collected latex paint for recycling. Unfortunately, this program will no longer be funded by SWANCC; therefore it has been discontinued. During the program trial we were able to recycle almost 1,400 gallons of paint through this program.

Current Recycling Locations
While the recycling program will no longer be offered, residents wishing to recycle latex paint may still do so at some area hardware stores. A complete listing of participating stores can be found online. Additionally, many local theatre groups, churches, and housing authorities also accept leftover paint and put it to good use. Should you have a significant amount of paint that is usable, you may wish to contact Habitat for Humanity at 847-742-9905 to make a donation.

Disposing of Paint
If recycling is not an option or you do not have enough to donate, the easiest way to dispose of paint would be to use it up completely by applying another coat of paint to your project. However, should you need to dispose of latex paint, let the can dry out completely and place it in your regular garbage container. Shredded newspapers, kitty litter or Waste Paint Hardener (available at most hardware stores) can be added to the paint to quicken the hardening process.

Remember to let the paint dry out completely in a well ventilated area away from children and pets. After the paint has completely dried you may place the container in your garbage for collection. Residents that have additional questions may contact the Niles Public Services Department at 847-588-7900.