Solid Waste & Recycling
The program protects the environment and conserves our resources by encouraging recycling and reducing improper disposal of hazardous waste, and enforces applicable local and state laws pertaining to solid waste.
The program encourages recycling in DeKalb County by providing information and consultation to individuals, businesses, municipalities, schools, and media regarding recycling and waste reduction.
The program sponsors collection events for difficult-to-dispose of wastes such as latex paint, electronics, household batteries, compact fluorescent lamps and used motor oil.
The program provides recycling education in county schools.
Contact UsPhone: 815-758- 6673
Solid Waste Plans
2015 update only (pdf)
2014 Annual Report (pdf)
Needs Assessment '94 (pdf)
Solid Waste Plan '95 vol 2 (pdf)
Alternatives '95 vol 1 (pdf)
2010 update only (pdf)
2005 update only (pdf)
2000 update only (pdf)
DeKalb County Household Hazardous Waste (pdf)
Everyday Recycling (pdf)
Rural Recycling Sites (pdf)
Commingled Recycling Sites (pdf)
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off -- Rockford
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off -- Naperville
FormsFreedom of Information Action (FOIA) (pdf)
Where our Garbage Goes (pdf)
Zero Waste Report 2014 (pdf)
Zero Waste Spring Newsletter (pdf) -April 14, 2015
Frequently Asked QuestionsQ: How do I discard of used motor oil?
A: Any place that changes oil will take it. You can also take it to an Illinois EPA household hazardous waste collection site. The health department periodically sponsors used motor oil collections. Watch local media for dates.
Q: Where can hazardous wastes be safely discarded?
A: The Illinois EPA operates regional sites to take household hazardous waste at no charge. There are two sites in this region-one in Naperville and one in Rockford- that have weekend hours. See the Illinois EPA website for directions and locations.
Q: What can I do with old latex paint?
A: If the paint is dry, the container can be discarded in your regular trash. If there is still liquid in the can, trash haulers are prohibited from taking it. Add an absorbent to the liquid to dry it out or just leave the top off the can and place it in a well-ventilated area. To speed up the drying process you can add items such as rags, newspaper or kitty litter.
Q: What can I do with old electronics?
A: As of January 2012, a landfill ban on consumer electronics in Illinois was set. Watch local media for dates for E-Cycling Events. Best Buy and Goodwill stores also take used electronics waste (a fee may apply at these locations).
Q: What can I do with CRT (tube) TV, Console TV or Projection Screen TV?
A: TVs that are 32 inches or smaller can be recycled with Best Buy (please call ahead 815-758-0490). TVs larger than 32 inches can be recycled with New Life Electronics Recycling (866-929-551).
LinksIllinois Environmental Protection Agency
DeKalb County Go Green Initiative
Laws and RegulationsDeKalb County Code - Chapter 58- Solid Waste