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
FormsFreedom of Information Action (FOIA) (pdf)
Where our Garbage Goes (pdf)
Comparison of Waste Recycled in DeKalb County (pdf)
Composition of ALL DeKalb County Waste (pdf)
Recycling Rate & History (pdf)
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. It can be saved until the health department's annual latex paint collection (usually in the summer).
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).
LinksIllinois Environmental Protection Agency
DeKalb County Go Green Initiative
Laws and RegulationsDeKalb County Code - Chapter 58- Solid Waste