Waste Recycling Survey

The Illinois EPA is developing a statewide waste diversion collection location tool to enable Illinois residents locate and utilize locally available options to recycle common household items. The link below contains a survey seeking information regarding the types of recycling and waste diversion programs available in each county in the state. County recycling coordinators or other appropriate local government representatives are encouraged to complete the survey with any information available regarding the public or private collection opportunities available in your county. Completed surveys should be submitted by email to  Please return completed surveys no later than October 19, 2017. Survey results will be made available to the public once the Illinois EPA has reviewed them. The Illinois EPA anticipates that the statewide waste diversion collection availability tool will be finalized in early 2018.

glass recycling

One of the easiest things we can all do to improve our environment is to recycle wastes whenever possible. Recycling saves natural resources and energy and reduces the need for landfills or incinerators. It can also increase local jobs by collecting processing and manufacturing new products out of discarded materials.

The Illinois EPA does not directly permit recycling centers. These are the places where you may take your glass bottles, aluminum cans, newspapers and other household recyclables. Sometimes you may even be paid for delivering these materials. Many private businesses and some local governments operate recycling centers. How do you find them? Here are some tips:

  • Look in your local phone book's yellow pages under "recycling centers".
  • Ask your local solid waste coordinator.
  • Contact the Illinois Recycling Association. Their members are recycling companies and local governments that collect recyclables.
  • If you are in Chicago, contact the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation for information on their blue cart recycling program.

More Recycling Information


  • It's not recycling until you buy a recycled product!
  • Look for information on a product's labeling that indicates that it or its packaging is made from recycled materials.
  • Encourage your company, local government, school, church and everyone else to buy products with a high recycled content.