Elgin Litter League

Making a Difference One Bag at a TimeElgin Litter League Logo

It’s really quite simple to join the “Elgin Litter League.” You can collect litter by yourself, or with a group of family, friends or other volunteers. Take a walk around your neighborhood and collect litter. If you are able to, bring two separate trash bags (it can be as simple as small grocery/retail bags) so that you can keep trash and recyclables separate. Remember to empty those recyclables loose into your curbside recycling cart, as you cannot recycle plastic bags loose or around recyclables in the curbside recycling program. Bags can be recycled at most retailers.

Mayor Kaptain loves to stay active and routinely goes on walks with his wife, Sandy. On their walks, they collect recyclables found in their neighborhood.

“Together we can work to beautify our community - the place we are proud to call home,” said Mayor David Kaptain. 

You too can take pride in your neighborhood by simply clearing up any visible waste. If you are going on a short walk, use a small grocery bag to collect waste. Using large garbage bags can contribute to unnecessary plastic waste if you don’t fill it completely.  

Organizing a large cleanup effort?

The City of Elgin can provide waste bags and grabber reachers (litter pickup tools) to help with your efforts. Depending on the need and availability, you may also request assistance from Elgin Allies, volunteers who work on projects to enhance the community.

Contact Elgin 311 with these requests.

Share your good deeds

Upload your photos on social media with #LitterLeague (make sure the post's privacy setting is set to "public"). The City may share your photo or offer you a prize!