Recycling Guidelines

Skokie residents have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the environment through the Village's comprehensive weekly curbside recycling program.

View the "Recycle More. Trash Less" (PDF) brochure which lists materials that are accepted and banned from the recycling program.

General Guidelines

In curbside collection areas, set out recycling containers by 7 a.m. on the day of collection, but not before 6 p.m. the night before collection. Collection of recyclable materials occurs every week in single family residential areas.

The total weight of the filled cart should not exceed 150 pounds. Please flatten large boxes and place them next to the cart. For information on hazardous waste drop-off locations or other specialized recycling events, contact the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC).


  • Aluminum cans
  • Aseptic cartons
  • Beverage six pack rings
  • Catalogs
  • Chipboard (cereal boxes, etc.)
  • Colored paper.
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Empty / dry steel paint cans
  • Foam egg cartons
  • Foil and tins
  • Gift wrap
  • Glass containers, all colors
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Phone books
  • Plastic containers marked 1 - 5, 7
  • Plastic newspaper bags
  • Small plastic foam trays
  • Steel, tin, and bi-metal cans
  • White paper

Materials Not Accepted

  • Anti-freeze containers or petroleum containers
  • Any type of chemical containers
  • Carpet
  • CDs
  • Ceramics
  • Clothing
  • Coat hangers (both wire and plastic)
  • Cookware
  • Dishes
  • Electronic equipment
  • Electronic Wire or Cable
  • Film
  • Food scraps
  • Glassware
  • Hard covered books
  • Light bulbs of any kin
  • Medical Waste
  • Mirrors

  • Motor Oil
  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Towels
  • Photos
  • Pizza Boxes that are oily or greasy or have food stuck inside
  • Scrap Metals of any kind
  • Shoes
  • Tissue or Toilet Paper
  • Toys
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Trash
  • Videotapes
  • Vinyl or Rubber Products
  • Window Glass
  • Wood
  • Yard Waste