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Curbside Recycling

The Village of Downers Grove encourages all residents to reduce their waste by taking advantage of the free recycling program.

  • Recycling containers purchased from retail stores should be clearly marked RECYCLE on the outside and may not exceed 20-gallons in capacity. There is no limit to the number of recycling containers that may be brought to the curb each week for collection.
  • For Refuse Cart rental customers, ONLY:
    Republic Services will issue an optional, wheeled recycling cart to subscribers at no additional charge.

RECYCLING DOES NOT NEED TO BE SEPARATED . All approved recyclables may be mixed together. Please rinse all items, flatten milk jugs and plastic beverage containers, and flatten all boxes.

Accepted Items

  • Newspapers
  • Mixed Paper: advertisements, junk mail, office paper, gift wrap, paper bags, stationery envelopes, shredded paper, paper bags
  • Magazines, catalogs, phone books
  • Paper back books (no hard covers)
  • Chipboard such as gift boxes, tissue boxes, and food boxes
  • Cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars ( clear, brown, green)
  • Aluminum, tin, or steel cans, including empty aerosol cans and paint cans
  • Plastic containers coded #1 through #7 (except #6)
  • Plastic 6 and 12-pack rings
  • Milk cartons, juice cartons, and juice boxes

Items Not Accepted

  • Polystyrene foam materials (coded #6) such as drinking cups, plates, egg cartons
  • Packing peanuts, foam packing blocks
  • Mirrors, window glass, Pyrex glass or dinnerware
  • Cardboard soiled with grease or other food residue
  • Pots and Pans
  • Gas cans or other items containing hazardous chemicals