Responsible Waste Management & Materials Recovery

Northbrook Plastic Reduction Initiatives

The Village of Northbrook offers two free new recycling programs to encourage residents to reduce the number of single-use plastic bags in the community. Beginning Monday, November 18, plastic bag recycling and “share a bag” receptacles will be available at Village Hall (1225 Cedar Lane)  from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Plastic Film Recycling:

Trex acceptable films

The plastic bag recycling receptacle will accept only low density and high density polyethylene films such as clean plastic shopping bags, newspaper sleeves, plastic wrap packaging, bread bags, shrink wrap, and plastic pouches. Please be careful to avoid disposing contaminants into the bin. The collected plastic film is shipped to Trex Composite Decking where the raw material is re-purposed into durable outdoor furniture. Collection of 500 lbs. of material within 6 months will earn a free bench to install in our public spaces!

Northbrook Share-A-Bag

The “share a bag” program will allow residents to drop off extra reusable shopping bags and pick up news ones for free if needed. This “sharing” system allows for waste reduction through promoting the use of reusable bags and making them easily accessible. Share a bag bins are available at Village Hall and the Public Works Center.

About These Programs

The Village’s Environmental Quality Commission recommended implementing these programs so that plastic bags are less likely to contaminate ongoing recycling efforts and are diverted from accumulation in landfills. By providing responsible disposal and offering alternatives to single-use bags, the Commission seeks to reduce the amount of plastic bags utilized in the Village. In addition to implementing these programs, the Village also purchased and began distributing 500 reusable bags in July to help promote the use of reusable bags, available for pickup at the Share a Bag bin.


Village of Northbrook has partnered with GoGreen Northbrook and Terracyle to provide extended recycling opportunities for residents. A 24-hr drop off station has been provided for residents behind Village Hall (1255 Cedar Lane). See below for a list of accepted items:

Energy Bar Wrappers
Terra 8Foil lined wrappers: energy bars, granola bars, meal replacement bars, protein bars, and diet bars
Personal Beauty Care Packaging 
(All brands accepted)

Skin care: lip balm tubes, soap dispensers and tubes, lotion caps, tubs and plastic jars, body wash containers, shaving foam tubes (no cans)

Cosmetics: lipstick cases, lip-gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eyeshadow cases, bronzer cases, foundation packaging and bottles, powder cases, eyeline cases, eyeline pencils, eyeshadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks, lip liner pencils

Hair care: shampoo caps, conditioner caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray triggers, hair paste plastic caps
Personal Hygiene Product Packaging 
(All brands accepted)
Terra 4Dental care: Mouthwash bottles and caps, deodorant containers and caps, toothpaste tubes and caps, soap packaging, floss containers, toothbrushes
Health and Nutrition Packaging 
(All brands accepted)
Terra 2Vitamins, minerals, and supplements: blister packs, tubes, bottles, caps, lids, cans

Cough, cold, flu, sore throat and nasal care: blister packs, tubes, bottles, spray bottles, caps, lids

Infant formula and child nutrition: tubs, bottles, caps, lids, cans. Note: All containers and packaging must be completely empty. No alcohol wipes, powders, or pills are accepted

How Do I Recycle This?

Use this handy resource to look up various household items and learn how to responsibly dispose of them in Northbrook. The guide covers recycling instructions for the following:

  • Appliances - Kitchen, Laundry
  • Appliances - Vacuums, Smaller Kinds, TVs, etc.
  • Automotive Fluids - Engine Oil, Gasoline, Transmission Fluid 
  • Batteries - Car, etc.
  • Batteries - Household
  • Bicycles and Bikes
  • Books and Magazines
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Cans - Aluminum, Steel or Tin (including spray and regular paint)
  • Cardboard
  • Cartridges - Ink/Toner
  • Clothing
  • Computers - Desktop, Laptop, Tablet, etc.
  • Computers - Keyboards, Mice, Speakers, etc.
  • Dinnerware and Ceramics
  • Electronics - General
  • Eyeglasses
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Flags
  • Flares
  • Furniture
  • Glass - All Types
  • Hazardous Waste - Herbicide, Lighter Fluid, Gasoline, etc.
  • Hearing Aids
  • Holiday Lights
  • Junk Mail
  • Lightbulbs - All Types
  • Paint - Oil and Latex
  • Paper - Brightly Colored (Neon)
  • Paper - General
  • Paper - Shredding
  • Plastics - Bags
  • Plastics - General
  • Plastics - Styrofoam
  • Sharps - Medical
  • Telephone Books
  • Telephones - Cell Phones, Mobile Phones, Landline Phones, etc.
  • Therapeutic Equipment - Crutches, Canes, Wheelchairs, etc.
  • TVs - LED or Older
  • Utensils - Pots and pans
  • Utensils - Spoons, Forks, Knives, etc.
  • Yardwaste - Branches, grass clippings, etc.

Want To Learn More About Recycling in Northbrook?

For more information on recycling opportunities in Northbrook, please visit