The Village of Downers Grove encourages all residents to reduce their waste by taking advantage of the free recycling program. Residents may purchase 20-gallon recycling bins at Village Hall or from Republic Services.
Recycling containers purchased from retail stores should be clearly marked RECYCLE on the outside and may not exceed 20-gallons in capacity. There is no limit to the number of recycling containers that may be brought to the curb each week for collection.
For Refuse Cart rental customers, ONLY: Republic Services will issue an optional, wheeled recycling cart to subscribers at no additional charge. (Effective April 1, 2011)
RECYCLING DOES NOT NEED TO BE SEPARATED . All approved recyclables may be mixed together. Please rinse all items, flatten milk jugs and plastic beverage containers, and flatten all boxes.
Items Not Accepted
Yard waste includes leaves, grass clippings, twigs, small branches and other garden refuse. Collection begins April 1st and continues through the second week of December. Yard waste can be put in regular garbage cans (label as yard waste), in paper yard waste bags, or tied up in bundles. A sticker must be put on each container or bundle. For further information, see http://www.downers.us/res/garbage-and-recycling/yard-waste
Tips to Reduce Yard Waste Volume
Good information sources about composting are the University of Illinois Extension website and the You Tube video How to Make Compost.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE:
The Downers Grove municipal website has information on where/when to recycle household hazardous materials including paint, batteries, electronics, CFL light bulbs, used motor oil, Styrofoam, and excess pharmaceuticals. There are a variety of programs run by DuPage County, Downers Grove Township, the Village of Downers Grove, and local businesses. For further information, see: <>