Packaging and other materials have changed significantly over the past several years, which has impacted how residents recycle. For example, Elgin used to accept plastic bags in our recycling, but we learned the plastic bags were wrapping around the recycling equipment and shutting down plants. So we’re asking residents NOT to place their recyclables in plastic bags or put any loose bags in the recycling cart. Instead, take plastic bags to Jewel or Target to recycle, and empty your recyclables directly into your carts. Extra recyclables that don’t fit in your recycling cart should be placed loose in a second recycling container.
Let’s rethink recycling and get back to basics. Here are 3 basic rules to keep in mind before you toss anything into your recycling cart:
Recycle all empty plastic bottles, cans, and paper
Keep food and liquids out of recycling
Keep plastic bags out of recycling bin. No Bagged Recyclables. Take plastic bags back to your local grocer.
Aluminum cans, foil and formed containers
Steel or tin cans
Clear, green and brown glass only
Large cardboard items must be flattened into pieces no larger than 3' x 3' square.
Examples of paper products that can be recycled include but are not limited to:
Magazines and catalogs (glossy and non-glossy) Shredded paper (Place in brown paper bag)
Mixed paper (staples are okay)
Newspapers and inserts
Make sure that the numbered recycling symbol usually found on the bottom of plastic containers matches those accepted in the City of Elgin's recycling program. Numbers Accepted: 1, 2, 4, 5