PETE (Number 1)
- 2-liter soda bottles
- Plastic beverage containers
- Plastic plates and trays
- Plastic flower pots
- Other Number 1 non-bottle-shaped containers
HDPE (Number 2)
- Laundry detergent
- Milk and water bottles
- Margarine tubs
- Shampoo and personal care bottles
- Plastic cups
- Baby wipe containers
- Other Number 2 non-bottle-shaped containers
- No motor oil, anti-freeze, pool chemical, or other hazardous waste containers
PVC (Number 3) Plastic Bottles
- Health and beauty-aid bottles
LDPE (Number 4) Plastic Containers
- Ice cream tubs
- Miscellaneous dairy product containers
PP (Number 5) Plastic Containers
- Cottage cheese containers
- Ketchup bottles
- Sour cream containers
- Syrup bottles
- Yogurt containers
- Miscellaneous condiment bottles
Other (Number 6)
Please note that Polystyrene products (PS Number 6) are not considered recyclable through the curbside recycling program. These items are commonly referred to as food grade (styrofoam cups and plates) and packaging grade ("peanut" packaging). Plastic grocery bags are also not recyclable through the curbside program. Please do not bundle recyclables in your bin using plastic bags.
Some of the reasons that these items are not allowed in the curbside program include: limited to non-existent markets; collection contamination when commingled in recycling bins; material incompatibility (flame retardant vs. non-flame retardant); and extreme negative value associated with the recycling of these materials.
Some alternative ways of recycling these materials are available to residents. Major grocery stores offer their own plastic bag recycling programs. Some mailing/packaging chains (such as Fed Ex, UPS, etc) may accept clean styrofoam packaging materials for reuse.
For More Information
You can also visit the West Cook County Solid Waste Agency website for recycling information and a searchable recycling guide.