Refuse & Recycling

The city is currently contracted with Republic Services for refuse, yard-waste, and recycling disposal. Trash pickups are regularly scheduled on Fridays of each week. In the event of a holiday, trash pickups will occur one day later.

2018 Republic Holiday Pick Up Schedule 

Further information or to replace a damaged / missing waste container, please contact Republic Services directly at 847-981-0091.

View more information about residential waste and recycling.

SWANCC Pharmaceutical/Sharps Disposal



SWANCC sponsors a collection/disposal program for expired or unused medications and sharps, and provides a proper collection container for needles. Recent research by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey revealed that there are a substantial amount of antibiotics and steroidal hormones in rivers, lakes and wells caused by people flushing their medications down the toilet or putting them down the sink. Additionally, sharps can cause needle-sticks and health issues if thrown away in the garbage or put in the water system.

Residents are asked to leave their medications in the original containers and to mark out their personal information. No over-the-counter liquid medications will be accepted. No commercial or institutional waste will be accepted.  Please note that SWANCC residents are able to participate in any drop-off location.

To dispose of controlled substances, please refer to Save A Star drop-off locations or DEA Take-Back Days. Please refer to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's list of regulated pharmaceutical controlled substances.

SWANCC Medication and Sharps Disposal Guidelines

Electronics Recycling and Document Destruction Events

Local Municipalities along with the assistance of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County have scheduled electronics recycling and document destruction events throughout the year. Click for a list of 2018 Recycling Events.

The City of Prospect Heights will hold an electronics recycling and document destruction event on Saturday, June 9th at the METRA commuter parking lot, 101 S. Wolf Road, from 9:00am to 12:00pm.

No materials will be accepted from businesses or schools.

Typical documents to shred include medical forms, bank statements, personal files and retired tax forms. Staples and paper clips are acceptable, NO BINDERS. Residents will be limited to six file-size boxes or paper shopping bags per vehicle. NO PLASTIC BAGS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Acceptable Items for Electronic Recycling
The following items will be accepted for recycling at SWANCC's drop-off programs. Items in BOLD are banned from the landfill and must be recycled.

Answering Machines

Cable Receivers

Calculators

Camcorders

Cameras

Cell Phones

Computer cable

Computer monitors

Computers (Desktops, Notebooks, Tablets)

Converter Boxes

Fax Machines

Keyboards

Mice

Microwaves

MP3 Players

Portable Digital Assistants (PDAs)

Power Tools or Cords

Printers (Multi-function Printers)

Satellite Receivers

Scanners

Shredders

Small Home Appliances (Toasters, Blenders)

Stereo Equipment (no wood)

Telephones

Televisions (All Types)

Typewriters

Video Game Consoles

Video Recorders/Players

Zip Drives

If you have any questions regarding recycling in the City of Prospect Heights, please go online to www.SWANCC.org or contact City Hall at 847-398-6070 ext. 206.