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Posted on: May 14, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Remember to Recycle Right

Westmont, Illinois
Date Issued: May 14, 2019

When it comes to recycling, one wrong item in the recycling bin can spoil an entire batch of otherwise good materials.  The importance of recycling expectations and proper preparation has become a priority world-wide.  To ensure that quality material is recycled, follow these guidelines provided by Waste Management for your curbside recycling:


Metal Cans
Plastic Bottles & Containers
Paper Cardboard, Dairy & Juice Containers
Flattened Cardboard & Paperboard
Glass Bottles and Jars

Food waste
Hazardous waste
Medical waste
* Plastic bags and film 
* Styrofoam containers and cups

Do NOT bag your recyclables - place items directly in your recycling tote
Paper and cardboard must be dry and free of food debris
Tissues, paper towels or other paper that has been in contact with food is NOT acceptable
Remove food and caps from cans and plastic and make sure all containers are empty

The Green Team of the First Congregational Church of Western Springs provides a monthly drop-off service that accepts clean styrofoam.  For more information, visit 

Also, Jewel/Osco offers a plastic bag and film recycling program.  Jewel/Osco provides a plastic bag recycling bin at the entrance of their stores. For more information, visit Bags that can be recycled include plastic grocery bags (from any retailer), dry cleaning bags, produce bags, trash can liners, and bread bags.

Check out these helpful recycling videos to learn more about what can be recycled and how to prep your recycling materials.



To learn more about additional local recycling and waste disposal programs, visit the village website at


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