Reuse/Recycling Directory

Use the Green Pages: Reuse and Recycling Directory to find outlets for items no longer needed.

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Electronics Recycling

SWANCC offers weekly drop-off locations for electronics and one-day collection events.

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Document Destruction

The Agency continues to provide seasonal Document Destruction Events for residents.

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Drugs/Sharps Disposal

SWANCC provides weekly drop-off locations for unused pharmaceuticals and sharps.

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News and Events

Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy guides state efforts to improve water quality at home and downstream by reducing nitrogen and phosphorus levels in our lakes, streams, and rivers. The strategy lays out a comprehensive suite of best management practices for reducing nutrient loads from wastewater treatment plants and urban and agricultural runoff. Recommended activities target the state’s... More detail
US EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Program Strategic Plan US EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Program Strategic Plan The U.S. EPA recently released their Strategic Plan for sustainable materials management.  This Plan highlights the following EPA objectives:  1. Decrease disposal rate. 2. Reduce environmental impacts of materials. 3. Increase socio-economic benefits. 4. Increase capacity of State and Local governments, communities and key stakeholders to adopt and implement SMM policies, practices... More detail
Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions in Illinois Report Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions in Illinois Report This report is designed to educate elected officials, composting industry stakeholders and advocates, and the public at-large about opportunities and strategies related to developing a robust food scrap composting industry in Illinois. This report and the Executive Summary of Recommendations support the work of the Task Force on the Advancement of Materials Recycling, and include recommendations... More detail
Solid Waste Management Plan Solid Waste Management Plan Solid Waste Management Plan SWANCC is pleased to release the pdf Final Solid Waste Management Plan Update . Please use the links below to download the report and appendices. Please note that it may take a while for the documents to download due to file size. pdf Solid Waste Management Plan Update - Final pdf SWMP Update Appendices Learn... More detail

Popular Resources

Waste Reduction Solutions Brochure Waste Reduction Solutions Brochure Recycling is important, not only to save energy and to conserve our natural resources, but to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills. Recycling can be beneficial to your school by cutting down on... More detail
Eco-Friendly Marketplace Eco-Friendly Marketplace Part of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle is ReBuy. The Eco-Friendly Marketplace is a guide that raises awareness about the wide variety of products available to consumers made from recycled or sustainable materials... More detail

Trashy Fashion Show 2014

The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) showcased the eighth Trashy Fashion Show at Oakton Community College on Saturday, November 15, 2014. The creations this year are based off a personal "Solution to Pollution".

Special Thanks To:
Amy Senior, Videographer 
Thom Lodge, Photographer 
Teacher Sponsors 
Community Sponsors 
All of the Designers and Models 
SWANCC’s Board of Directors

Gothic Steampunk Recycled
Air Pollution
Stephanie FitzSimons, Designer
Grace Luczak, Model 


Sweeny Todd Revisited
Reducing Landfill
Stephanie FitzSimons, Designer/Model

Edwardian Elegance
Ground Water Contamination 
Sue Kennedy, Designer
Kathleen Luczak, Model


Tantalizing in Ties
Upcycling - Reusing
Laurie Roubitchek, Designer
Marisa Domian, Model
Mount Prospect

Material Girl
Recycling Building Materials
Laurie Roubitchek, Designer
Lizzie Nielsen, Model
Mount Prospect

Little Black Straw Dress
Plastic Pollution Awareness
Andrew Gonzalez, Designer
Sara Dym, Model

Rise and Shine
Land Pollution
Trisha Thomas, Designer/Model

Caps for Free
Reuse Caps from Bottles
Stefany Rusinque, Designer/Model

The Pink Amazon
World Life
Jasmiat Oyoloia, Designer
Kathia Tamayo, Model


Dynamic Duo
Air and Land Pollution
Michelle Przewonznik, Designer
Fabiana Mushe, Designer/Model


Air Pollution
Miriam Veliciu, Designer
Grace Ancateu, Designer/Model


Aqua Marine
Water Pollution
Nazifa Zahra Safdary, Designer
Monica Schoenfeldt, Model

Miray Koro, Designer/Model

Chic Doesn’t Have to Be “Slick”
Oil Spills 
Kathia Tamayo, Designer
Alex Tamayo, Model

A Summer in Arizona
Land Pollution
Liliann Odisho, Designer/Model


I Mean Business
Diabetes Awareness
Genevivie Kowalski, Designer/Model
Hoffman Estates


Country Curtains
Reusing Resources
Neela Gilbert, Designer/Model
Hoffman Estates


Ms. Bags B Gone
Plastic Pollution  
Kim Blackburn, Designer
Karen Borchert, Model


Jennie Atkinson, Designer
Madeline Atkinson, Model


Scrap Entertainment
Reduce Waste
Teresa and Katie Cartwright, Designers
Natalie Cartwright, Model


An Evening Alone on the Snowy Mountains
Air Pollution
Rachel Melnik, Designer
Ariel Shoffet, Model


Bright Sound
Noise Pollution 
Saba Patel, Designer/Model


What’s the News?
Land Pollution
Karla Barrientos, Designer/Model


Natures’ Groove
Gabby Younan, Designer/Model


Aluminum Can Recycling  
Inga Mazur, Designer/Model


Landfill Waste
Ariahn Hunt, Designer/Model


Ocean Blues
Water Pollution
Vianey Toscano, Designer
Shelly Her, Model


Far Out
Landfill Waste
Ennana Maikai, Designer/Model

Can You Dig It? 
Shira Elovic, Designer
Ariel Shoffet, Model


Painted Lady
Paint Recovery 
Rebecca Bora and Aly Ferry, Designers
Rachel Dever, Designer/Model


The Threat
Karen Rumps, Designer
Nicole Kim, Designer/Model


Ian Doering, Designer
Katrina Stadler, Model


Cotton - Did You Know?
Organic and Fair Trade Cotton
MaryAnne Enriquez, 


Don’t Feed the Bag Monster
Pollution Prevention
Kristen Newby, Designer
Karen Rumps, Model
Fremd High School




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