Curbside Recycling

Curbside Recycling called Single Stream recycling is a system in which all kinds of recyclables are mixed together. There is no need to separate the recyclables in a recycling bin prior to pickup by the refuse contractor. The reduced sorting effort is designed to increase not only the number of residents participating in recycling, as well as the types of items being recycled.

What does single stream mean to Village of Schaumburg's residents?

More items can be recycled and there is no need for multiple types of recycling containers.

Why should we be concerned with recycling?

Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. In addition, it generates a host of environmental, financial, and social benefits. Materials like glass, metal, plastics, and paper are collected, separated and sent to facilities that can process them into new materials or products. Eliminating the need to produce new raw materials saves trees and other natural resources, while also reducing the energy to produce these new raw materials

Recycling Guidelines:

PAPER

Acceptable:

Newspaper, paperboard (cereal boxes, paper tubes, soda cartons), telephone books, magazines, junk mail, office/school paper, and corrugated cardboard. Pizza boxes must be free of food. Shredded paper should be place in a clear plastic bag (there is no need to remove windows from envelopes.)

Unacceptable:

Wax or plastic coated paper, plastic liners, and gift wrap.

GLASS BOTTLES AND JARS

Preparation:

Rinse to remove all food debris.

Acceptable:

Clear, green, and brown bottles and jars.

Unacceptable:

Window glass, ceramics, ovenware, crystal, mirrors, Pyrex.

PLASTIC


Preparation:

Rinse to remove all debris.

Acceptable:

Plastic codes 1-5 and 7 and six-pack rings.

Unacceptable:

Un-coded plastic containers, plastic bags, and plastic code 6 (polystyrene and styrofoam)

FOOD AND DRINK CANS

Preparation:

Rinse to remove all food debris.

Acceptable:

Aluminum, steel and bi-metal food and beverage cans.

Unacceptable:

Chemical, solvent and pesticide cans

JUICE BOXES AND

MILK CARTONS

Preparation:

Rinse to remove all debris.

Acceptable:

Paperboard milk and juice cartons and drink boxes.

Unacceptable:

None.

EMPTY LATEX PAINT CANS

Preparation:

Rinse thoroughly.

Acceptable:

Thoroughly rinsed paint cans.

Unacceptable:

Oil-based paint cans, gasoline or other chemical cans.

AEROSOL CANS

Preparation:

Empty cans completely.

Acceptable:

Drained metal spray cans.

Unacceptable:

Full cans or plastic spray bottles.

ALUMINUM FOIL

Preparation:

Rinse thoroughly.

Acceptable:

Disposable pie pans, pastry trays and rinsed aluminum foil.

Unacceptable:

Aluminum scrap, siding and patio furniture.

Reduce and Reuse

Reducing is easier than most people think and it makes sense. Do not purchase an excess of any item i.e. food, building material, paint, and other items. Look for other ways to reduce - join carpool, turn off a light, fix a leaky faucet, and borrow something you need to use from a friend.

Items can be reused when repaired, refurbished, or donated. Selling unwanted items can also reduce. The reuse of products when possible is even better than recycling because the items do not need to be reprocessed before they can be used again.


Single Stream Recycling