Collection of Batteries, Light Bulbs and Other Special Items
For household products that cannot go into the curbside recycling program or landfills, there are several ways to dispose of these materials through programs organized by SWANCC, the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County. Morton Grove is a member community of this regional, intergovernmental agency. As a member, Morton Grove residents are provided with a variety of waste management services, programs, and resource materials that include collections for special materials that are not allowed as part of recycling or should not go into garbage due to toxicity or recoverability.
There are a variety of drop-off locations and programs offered through SWANCC for the collection of electronics and other waste items that cannot be placed in landfills. Materials that can be recycled with these special programs through SWANCC include:
- Rechargeable Household Battery Recycling
- Compact Fluorescent Light bulb (CFL) Recycling
- Document Destruction Events
- Electronic Recycling
- Holiday Lights Recycling
- Mercury Thermometer Disposal
- Residential Chemical Waste Disposal
The Village also offers special collections of some items at the following locations:
The Morton Grove Civic Center
The Morton Grove Civic Center located at 6140 Dempster Street accepts sharps disposals and medications during regular business hours.
The Morton Grove Village Hall
The Morton Grove Village Hall located at 6101 Capulina Avenue accepts CFL bulbs and eye glasses during regular business hours.
Rechargeable Battery Drop off Locations
- WW GRAINGER 8045 River Dr., Morton Grove — 847/965-7600
- HOME DEPOT 901 Civic Center Dr., Niles (@ Oakton & Waukegan) — 847/967-2507
- LOWES 3601 W. Touhy, Lincolnwood — 847/972-4041
- BATTERIES PLUS 5708 W. Touhy, Niles — 847/647-9100
How do I Safely and Responsibly Recycle Old Batteries?
- Alkaline batteries may put in the trash.
- Rechargeable batteries are disposed of using the following steps:
- To prevent any fire hazard: place individual batteries in a plastic baggie,
- Wrap with plastic wrap or tape the terminals with electrical or duct tape.
For additional information, visit the (SWANCC) website and search batteries