It has been reported that higher percentages of non-recyclable materials are being found at processing plants. Some of the most common items to avoid recycling include the following:
- Plastic bags
- Pizza boxes
- Bubble wrap and shrink wrap
- Electrical cords, string and rope, rubber and plastic hose
- Propane tanks, batteries and electronic waste
- Medical equipment, needles and medical devices
- Clothing and textiles
- Wood, metal and furniture
To learn more about what you can and can't recycle or to find out where you can safely recycle many of these items, visit SWALCO's website
or contact them at 847.336.9340.
Also, be sure to visit Deerfield's own Sustainability Commission at the Farmers Market on Saturday, August 18 from 9 a.m.-noon for recycling education.
Reduce landscape waste with the Village's yard waste collection program with Waste Management. The program runs through December 15. Yard waste must be placed in a 30-gallon paper bag and placed at the curb with a sticker affixed for collection. A sticker is also required for each bundle not exceeding 4 feet in length, 30 inches in circumference and 50 pounds in weight.
The cost of landscape waste stickers is $2.82 each; stickers may be purchased at Village Hall, Jewel, Walgreens and Craftwood Lumber. Residents north of Deerfield Road will have yard waste collected on Tuesdays; those south of Deerfield Road will have collection on Wednesdays.
Many gallons of water run right off your roof and into storm sewers - you can reuse it with the help of a rain barrel. If you have a large garden or do a lot of lawn sprinkling, your summer water bill can run into the hundreds of dollars. A one-time investment in a rain barrel allows you to catch and use free rainwater for years.