Responsible Waste Management & Materials Recovery


Northbrook's Landfill Diversion Initiatives

Guide to Quitting PlasticsThe Village diverts approximately 30% of its waste from landfills in 2020 through the utilization of recycling, compost, e-waste, textile, and plastic film collection services.  Landfills are a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions and pose challenges of contamination and environmental degradation for nearby communities. Try avoiding unnecessary contributions to landfill: start by saying no to plastic straws and cutlery, and buying in bulk sizes rather than individually packaged single-serving items. Always think twice before throwing anything away and remember there is no planet B!

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. With Waste Management’s acquisition of Advanced Disposal, please note updated recycling guidelines. Waste Management’s single stream recycling program accepts common household items like paper, metal, most plastics, and glass. For plastics, types 1-5 are accepted. Aerosol cans cannot be recycled. Waste Management provides these helpful guides to recycling and keeping contaminants out of your recycling! 

Plastic bag recycling

Collection bins are located near Village Hall’s back entrance. Accepted items are grocery bags, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, and Ziploc bags. Only clean and dry bags made of lightweight plastic should be collected. Cereal bags, bubble wrap, and plastic film are not recyclable through this collection. Excessive contamination from unacceptable items will result in discontinuation of the service. Thank you to local Northbrook business Aargus Plastics for partnering with Northbrook for our new program. They will reuse our plastic collection to make 100% recycled plastic bags.

TerraCycle Program

Library collection: HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

Located in the Library (1201 Cedar Lane) lobby across from the elevators, you can drop off the following items to recycle next time you’re visiting: 

  • Batteries
  • Eyeglasses
  • Phones
  • Empty snack & candy wrappers
  • Unusable pens, pencils, markers, & glue sticks
  • Used toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes, & dental floss containers

The following TerraCycle programs have ended at Village Hall and the Train Station: beauty products, oral care items, foil lined wrappers, and art supplies. 

Message from GoGreen Northbrook: We will no longer accept items from discontinued programs at the Northbrook Village Hall or Train Station, but you can search active drop-off sites and programs via https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades. Maintaining and managing the collection of community waste required more volunteer resources than we have at this time. We thank all of you that donated hard to recycle materials. We hope that you will consider participating in future Go Green Northbrook recycling and waste reduction programs.

Northbrook Share-A-Bag

"Share a bag” receptacles are available at Public Works (655 Huehl Rd) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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. Please sanitize reusable bags before dropping off and after picking up.