Green Pages - Kendall County Health Department

Kendall County
Kendall County Health Department
811 West John Street
Yorkville, IL 60560
Phone: 630-553-9100
Fax: 630-553-9603
Welcome to the Kendall County Green Pages
Developed and maintained by the Kendall County Health Department’s Environmental
Health Services unit, the Green Pages provides the Kendall County community with ideas
and solutions to safe and sound solid waste disposal and recycling opportunities. This
valuable resource guide also includes a comprehensive listing of local, state, and national
contacts for additional information on solid waste management, source reduction and
It is our hope that you take full advantage of the many resources provided in our
Green Pages. Also, we ask that you please feel free to contact us with any comments or
suggestions for improvements that you may have, or for further information. Your feedback is
valued and appreciated, and may serve to improve the Green Pages, better educate our
community, and ultimately protect and preserve the environment in which we live and work.
Kendall County Health Department
Environmental Health Services
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Landfill Information & Bans
Local Waste Haulers
Tire & Motor Oil Disposal
Battery Recycling
Computer & Electronics
Reuse & Resale Shops
Recycled & Reuse
Household Hazardous Wastes
Needles & Medical Wastes
Used Paint & Driveway Sealer
Propane Tanks
Light Bulbs
Water Conservation
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The Kendall County Green Pages can be
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County Health Department’s website, If viewing the Green
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Landfills are designed to contain and
conceal our trash in the ground, and in
isolation from ground water, air, rain,
animals and insect vectors, and of course
Landfill bans on select materials serve to
protect our environment, and our personal
health and safety, by restricting wastes
containing known and potentially dangerous
heavy metals and chemicals. Some materials
bans are implemented solely to preserve
landfill space (i.e., landscape wastes). Over the
years, a number of common household and
commercial waste materials have been banned
from Illinois landfills.
Allied Waste Services
Aurora, 630-892-9294
White Goods
Motor Oil
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Local Waste Haulers
Complete Sanitation LLC
Sheridan, 815-496-9000
Plano, 630-552-9640
Groot Industries
West Chicago, 630-587-5673
Veolia FS
Batavia, 630-762-8000
Waste Management
Recent Illinois Landfill Bans
Yorkville-Bristol Sanitary District
Yorkville, 630-553-7554
The Kendall County Residential Recycling
Ordinance requires that all residential waste
haulers operating within the limits of Kendall
County offer residential customers basic
recycling services - free of charge. Contact your
local waste hauler for more information on
recycling, and/or to request additional recycling
Definition of “White Goods”
White Goods are major household
appliances (i.e., refrigerators, washing
machines, dryers, dishwashers, water
heaters, air conditioners). White Goods
require a special pick-up. Contact your
local waste hauler for more details.
Tire/Motor Oil Disposal
Motor oil, transmission
fluid, antifreeze, and other
automotive fluids should not be
disposed of in a municipal solid
waste landfill (nor should they be
poured down a storm drain or
dumped onto the ground).
Improperly disposed of, these
products can contaminate our
ground water and jeopardize our
Kendall County Health
Department recommends taking
unused and wasted automotive
fluids to a household hazardous
waste collection facility (see page
9) for recycling. Drop-off is quick
and easy!
Motor oil and whole waste
tires may be taken to participating
local retailers (see list to the right)
for safe and proper disposal.
Please call the retailer(s) of your
choice to verify which automotive
fluids are accepted, and whether
or not a drop-off fee applies.
Motor oil must be stored in a
leak-proof container marked
“used motor oil”, and must not be
mixed with other automotive
fluids or chemicals.
Local Tire/Motor Oil Drop-Off
Keith’s Car Care
(Motor oil and tire drop-off)
Oswego, 630-554-8911
Discount Tire Co., Inc.
(Tire drop-off only)
Oswego, 630-906-7131
Tire Tracks
(Tire drop-off only)
Plano, 630-552-1776
Express Lube
(Motor oil drop-off only)
Plano, 630-552-7600
Arneson’s Tire Co.
(Motor oil and tire drop-off)
Sandwich, 815-786-7670
Wholesale Tire Co.
(Tire drop-off only)
Yorkville, 630-553-5300
Grainco FS Service Co.
(Tire drop-off only)
Yorkville, 630-553-6520
*Please call ahead before dropping off
motor oil or tires to facilities
Recycling Batteries
The utility and widespread use of
batteries can take a toll on our environment.
Batteries contain heavy metals such as mercury,
lead, cadmium, and nickel, which, when stored
or discarded improperly, can pose a risk to our
environment, and ultimately to our own health
and safety. (Source: Environment, Health and
Safety Online)
• Purchase hand-operated items that
function without batteries.
You can play a part in preserving a
healthful environment by properly storing, and
discarding of or recycling your batteries.
• Choose rechargeable batteries over
single-usage batteries for purchases.
Be proactive with these tips to
minimizing ‘battery waste’ in your
home environment!
• Searched the home for used
batteries before buying new ones.
Always store, use and discard
your batteries according to the
manufacturer’s labeled instructions.
Local Battery Recycling Locations
*Refer to page 6 for explanation of numbers
Home Depot: #3, 4, 5
RadioShack: #1, 2, 3, 4, 5
#1, 2, 3, 4
US Cellular: #4
Home Depot: #1, 2, 3, 4, 5
RadioShack: #4, 5
Sam’s Club: #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Best Buy:
#1, 2, 3, 4, 5
#1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
RadioShack: #4, 5
Office Depot: #3, 4, 5
Farm & Fleet: #6
Home Depot: #2, 3, 4, 5
#3, 4, 6
NAPA Auto Parts: #6
#2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Ace Hardware:
#3, 4
NAPA Auto Parts:
Home Depot: #1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Home Depot: #2, 4, 5
Ace Hardware: #5
NAPA Auto Parts: #6
Battery Type
Carbon Zinc
Lithium/Lithium Ion
Nickel Metal Hydride
Reusable Alkaline
Sealed Lead Acid
Lead Acid
Vehicle Batteries
Examples of Use
D, 6V, 9V
Flashlights, calculators,
toys, clocks, smoke
alarms, remote
Sizes vary
Considered safe for disposal in the
normal municipal waste stream, but
they can be recycled!
Watches, hearing aids, Check for a recycling center, or bring to
toys, greeting cards,
a Household Hazardous Waste
remote controls
Collection Site (see page 9)
AAA, AA, C, Flashlights, calculators,
toys, clocks, smoke
alarms, remote
controls, garage door
6V, 9V
3V, 6V, 3V
Proper Disposal
Cameras, calculators,
computer memory
Considered safe for disposal in the
normal municipal waste stream, but
they can be recycled!
Considered safe for disposal in the
normal municipal waste stream, but
they can be recycled!
Flashlights, toys,
Check for a recycling center, or bring to
cellular phones, power
a Household Hazardous Waste
D, 6V, 9V
tools, computer packs
Collection Site (see page 9)
Flashlights, toys,
cellular phones, power
D, 6V, 9V
tools, computer packs
Considered safe for disposal in the
normal municipal waste stream, but
they can be recycled!
Flashlights, calculators,
toys, clocks, radios,
remote controls
Considered safe for disposal in the
normal municipal waste stream, but
they can be recycled!
Video cameras, power Check for a recycling center, or bring to
Multiples of
tools, wheelchairs,
a Household Hazardous Waste
2 Volts: 2V,
ATV's, metal detectors,
Collection Site (see page 9)
6V, 12V
clocks, cameras
12V, 6V
Cars, trucks,
Return to place of purchase.
Most places that sell car batteries will
also accept them for recycling. There
may be a fee for this service.
Consider calling battery recycling locations ahead, to confirm drop-off hours
Computer & Electronic Recycling
Most facilities collecting
computers and electronics will
accept the following:
Telephones & cell phones
Portable music players
Computer monitors,
desktops, notebooks
VCRs & DVD players
And many other household
electronic devices!
Re-Use & Resale Shops
Accepting not only electronics, but
other household items and clothing:
481 E. Countryside Pkwy Yorkville,
IL 60560
Caring Hands Thrift Shop
220 S. Bridge St.
Yorkville, IL 60560
Salvation Army
1800 Douglas Rd.
Montgomery, IL
Drop-Off Facilities:
Please call ahead before dropping off items
The United City of Yorkville
Yorkville’s Public Works Facility
610 Tower Lane, Yorkville, IL 60560
The Village of Oswego
Oswego’s Public Works Facility
100 Theodore Dr., Oswego, IL 60543
Best Buy
3351 Mall Loop Drive, Joliet, IL 60431
System Service International
250 W. North Ave., Lombard, IL 60148
Electronic Industries Alliance
Assistive Technology Exchange Network:
Program with United Cerebral Palsy Association
*Pick-up and drop-off of computers to schools of
children of disabilities
Donations: 800-476-2836
Information: 708-444-2836
Call to Protect Program
*Collects wireless phones for domestic abuse
Recycle & Reuse Facilities
481 E Countryside Pkwy, Yorkville, IL
630- 553-7710
1256 S Bridge St, Yorkville, IL
Once Upon A Child
815- 744-0202
2108 Plainfield Rd, Crest Hill, IL
Getting rid of clothing or furniture?
Kendall County plays host to a variety of
organizations that collect donated items for
reuse or to make recycled products. Lightly used
clothing and toys can be dropped off at local
stores such as Steven’s and Once-Upon-A-Child.
Green is in! Recycled content products can be
purchased and used as an interesting decoration,
furniture, or even given as a gift! Consider
browsing these websites for fun ideas:
Recycled Home Furnishing & Decorating Products
481 E Countryside Pkwy, Yorkville, IL
Guarantee General Store
Wheaton, IL
Certi-Saver Grocery, Family Food Grocery
Trash bags
Cufflinks from circuit boards, typewriter key
necklace, stop sign table, sprocket desk clock, etc.
Thousands of products. Lumber, jewelry, patio
furniture and more
Paper products from recycled paper &
environmentally friendly cleaning products
Recycling toner cartridges Picture frames of bicycle
tires, recycled glass wind chimes, glass sun catchers,
molded recycled crayons
Custom Recycled-Content
Clothes Made from Scrap
T-shirt, bags, hats
Direct Access
Backpacks, lunch bags
JV Johnson & Associates
Lunch bags, pencils
Signature Marketing
T-shirts ,office supplies, dishes
Household Hazardous Waste
Household Hazardous Waste
Drop-Off Sites
Naperville Fire Station #4
1971 Brookedale Rd.
Naperville, IL 60563
Rockford River Reclamation District
3333 Kishwaukee
Rockford, IL
Drop-off is free of charge and made available
to all Illinois residents. You can also contact
your local solid waste hauler to arrange for
safe and proper disposal of hazardous waste.
Items Accepted:
-Aerosol products
-Small batteries
-Motor oil
-Pool chemicals
-Lawn chemicals
-Cleaning products
-Hobby & photo chemicals
-Fluorescent lamps
Single-Day Collection Events!
Sponsored by the Illinois Environmental
Protection Agency
Please visit the Illinois Environmental
Protection Agency’s webpage at
us-waste/household-haz-waste/hhwcschedule.html or call the IEPA’s Waste
Reduction Unit at 217-785-8604 for a
listing of single-day Household Hazardous
Waste collection events held around the
Items NOT Accepted:
-Medical wastes
-Propane tanks
-Fire extinguishers
-Smoke detectors
-Latex paint
Safe Disposal of Sharps, Needles & Healthcare Waste
Help prevent injury, illness, and pollution by following these simple steps to disposing
sharp objects and contaminated materials:
1. Place needles, syringes, lancets, and other sharp objects into a hard, plastic or metal
container with a tightly secured lid (ex: coffee can, detergent bottle, etc.)
2. Keep container out of reach from children and pets
3. Clearly label the container, “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Disposal of Unused/Expired Medications
Expired or unwanted medicines, if flushed down a toilet or
poured down a drain, may evade wastewater treatment, ultimately
becoming a source of environmental pollution. Because wastewater
treatment plants are not designed to filter drugs, these chemicals
can be released into streams, lakes, and groundwater and affect fish
and other aquatic wildlife. If medical wastes are reaching streams,
rivers, and lakes, organisms living in these habitats may be
continuously exposed to these drugs. Some aquatic organisms living
in water downstream from wastewater treatment plants have
shown signs of developmental and reproductive problems.
Researchers are working to determine whether pharmaceuticals
are causing these effects. Meanwhile, Kendall County has provided
you with the following options for a safe, simple solution!
Used and Expired Medication Drop-off
Naperville Fire Station #4
1971 Brookdale Rd.
Naperville, IL 60563
Minooka Police Station
121 McEvilly Rd.
Minooka, 60447
Fox Metro Water Reclamation Dist.
682 Illinois 31
Oswego, IL 60543
Joliet Police Dept.
7196 Caton Farm Rd.
Plainfield, IL 60586
Plainfield Police Dept.
14300 S. Coil Plus Dr.
Plainfield, IL 60544
Grundy County Coroner
1320 Union St.
Morris, IL 60450
Items Accepted at Medication Drop-Offs:
Prescription medications, over-the-counter medications,
& liquid medicines
Items NOT Accepted:
Needles, sharps, IV bags, thermometers
DO NOT flush
medications down
the sink or drain
DO NOT place
medications in the
DO NOT give or sell
medications to
Paint, Driveway Sealer, & Propane Tank Disposal
Used Paint
Unused and leftover latex (water-based) paint remains the most common material
brought to household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events and drop-off sites. Disposing of
latex paints at a HHW event of site, in the volumes dropped off, has proven very expensive.
Today’s latex paint has a very low level of toxicity, and is easy to recycle or safely discard in
regular household waste. Therefore, the Illinois EPA encourages homeowners to use up their
leftover latex paints, give still-usable paint to a neighbor, or harden the paint for safe and proper
disposal with regular household waste.
What else can you do with unused and leftover paint?
Driveway Sealer
Keep the paint, touch-up old paint jobs, or use it to paint something new.
Add an absorbent to the paint can, such as kitty litter, sawdust or shredded paper;
or paint scraps of cardboard or wood. Once solidified, discard in regular waste.
Donate the leftover paint to a friend, family member, school, or even a local theater.
Propane Tanks
Leftover blacktop sealants contain petroleum distillates or coal tar, and are
considered hazardous if not properly disposed. Driveway sealers may also be latex
based, and unlike latex paints, latex based driveway sealers may be hazardous to
the environment as well. Please read the label carefully. If the driveway sealer does
not contain petroleum distillates or coal tar it is considered non-hazardous, and you
may dispose of it by drying it out and discarding it with the ordinary trash. If the
driveway sealer does contain petroleum distillates, please refer back to page 9 for
tips on disposing household hazardous wastes.
Propane Tank Drop-Off Facilities
Amerigas Propane
25224 W. Rte. 30
Plainfield, IL 60585
Grainco FS
8115 S. Rte. 47
Yorkville, IL 60560
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Disposal & Safety
While the amount of mercury vapor contained in and released from one broken compact fluorescent
light (CFL) poses little health risk, it is wise to prevent any amount of exposure to mercury. To address
the popularity and increased use of CFLs in homes, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
offers the following tips to safely cleaning up and disposing of a broken CFL bulb:
Open windows and outside doors to ventilate the area.
Do NOT use a vacuum cleaner to clean up broken CFL.
Collect the broken pieces using a broom or two pieces of cardboard.
Place the broken pieces in a sealed plastic bag or container. A damp disposable rag or
paper towel should be used to do a final wipe of the area. Place the rag or paper towel
in the same plastic bag or container for dispose in your household trash.
Dab the area with the sticky side of duct tape or packaging tape to pick up any powder
residue, mercury droplets, and small pieces of glass.
A vacuum cleaner will rapidly aerosolize the mercury droplets and the resultant
mercury vapors can then be inhaled. In addition, the vacuum cleaner may become
contaminated with mercury.
Place the tape in the plastic bag or container, and dispose of it outside in your
household trash.
Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water.
CFLs contain ~5 milligrams of mercury,
which is about the size of the tip of a
ballpoint pen. A mercury-based fever
thermometer contains about 500
milligrams of mercury, which can be
hazardous. IDPH considers a broken
fever thermometer a small mercury spill,
and provides instructions for cleaning
such spills in a helpful fact sheet,
available at:
Rather than disposing of them in
household waste, local
Home Depot stores will accept and
safely dispose of compact fluorescent
light bulbs:
735 Edward Ln
Yorkville, IL
1000 Knell St
Montgomery, IL
Water Conservation
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
estimates that the average American uses 100 gallons
of water at home each day. Water Managers from 40
states anticipate some form of water shortages under
average conditions, over the next decade (EPA, 2014).
Kendall County strives to encourage water
conservation within the community, and help
decrease water waste and associated costs.
Do your part,
recycle your water!
Rain barrels can be
purchased from the
Yorkville-based Kendall
County Soil and Water
Conservation District at
630-553-5821, or the
Conservation Foundation at
630-428-4500, ext. 32.
Proudly partnering with the EPA WaterSense program, Kendall County Health
Department offers tips for water conservation in the home:
Inside the home
• Fix your leaks- Small household leaks, even slow faucet drips, can add up to
many gallons of water lost per day!
• Turn off tap water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
• Take shorter showers. Also, choose a short shower over a short bath showers actually use less water than baths do.
• Only run the dishwasher with a full load full.
• Plug the sink when washing dishes by hand.
• Wash only full loads of laundry. Regardless, be sure the amount of water
used, matches the size of the load.
• Sweep driveways and sidewalks clean, as opposed to hosing them off.
• Wash your car using water from a filled bucket. Use a self closing spray
nozzle or turn off the hose between spray-downs.
• Use a swimming pool cover between uses to minimize water evaporation.
Composting Yard Waste
Composting your yard
waste is a valuable and
FREE resource for
beautifying your
Before you begin, please check with your local
municipality for any community-specific
composting rules/requirements they may have.
What is Compost?
Composting is a method of recycling – of
recycling your yard waste, that’s capable of
producing a nutrient rich byproduct which can
be used to feed your growing landscaping. A
pile can be developed from the leaves you rake,
the grass you mow, and even the branches you
trim. Composting may save landfill space,
while providing you with a no-cost nutrientdense soil in which your plants may thrive. It
is produced when yard waste and other
organic matter is broken down by bacteria and
fungi and made into a recycled form of ‘plant
fertilizer’. It only takes a little time and TLC.
What Can I Compost?
For most homeowners, grass clippings and leaves are
found in abundance around the yard. Luckily, leaves
and grass are also great ingredients for building
compost! Others materials suitable for composting
include: weeds free of seed heads, crop residues,
vegetable and fruit peelings, coffee grounds, crushed
eggshells and other similar kitchen wastes, sawdust,
hay, and straw.
Materials NOT suitable for composting include meat
and dairy wastes, as these will surely attract animals
and insects.
To learn how to properly compost, visit:
Benefits of Composting
 Assists soil in holding nutrients
 Promotes healthy plants, less susceptible to
disease and insect pests
 Improves soil structure and reduces soil erosion
 Reduces landfill waste
Composting Products & Materials
BioCorp “reSource” Ware
Products made from corn, potato & wheat
Brian Rosa
Outdoor Composting Bins/Indoor Worm
Gardener’s Supply Company
Garden’s Alive! Catalog
Organic garden products
NASCO Science Catalog
Worm-Vue Wonders, Item #C1649
Science Kit & Boreal Laboratories
Two-way microscope, item #57889
For more Information on Recycling and Conservation:
National Recycling Coalition
The Conservation Foundation
[email protected]
Village of Oswego ECO
(Environmentally Conscious Oswego Commission)
(630) 554-3622
Call 630-741-0736 for info on local recycling
Illinois Recycling Association
100 top recycling sites
Kendall County Health Department
Environmental Health Services
811 West John Street Yorkville, IL 60560
630-553-9100• Fax 630-553-9603
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