Recycling Event September 30, 2023

Recycling Event – September 30

Northwest Illinois residents and businesses are invited to participate in the upcoming recycling collection set for Saturday, September 30, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Carroll County Highway Department, just off Rt. 52/64 at 10735 Mill Road, Mt. Carroll, Illinois.     


Curbside recycling has been added to this event.  For a fee of $5 per household, a single stream recycling dumpster will be available.  Eligible items for drop off include consumer glass bottles and jars, consumer plastics and metal cans, cardboard and paper including magazines, junk mail, newspapers.    


Several categories collected at the event include fees to cover a portion of recycling expenses while some categories are free.  NO PAINT, NO TIRES and NO HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE ITEMS will be accepted.


A $.70 per pound recycling fee is being charged for all small batteries or rechargeable and power unit batteries.  These batteries will be weighed at the event to determine the recycling fee amount due.  Large lead-acid batteries will be accepted for free. 


Electronics with a screen of any kind will be collected for a $25 fee per item.  This would include computer monitors/screens, laptops, and all types of televisions.  Large household appliances will be accepted for $10 each and include refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, microwaves, etc.  


Paper shredding is also being offered with a $5 fee per participating household or business.  Unfortunately, NO MAGAZINES, NO NEWSPAPERS, NO INSERTS and NO PAPER CLIPS or BINDER CLIPS can be shredded.   


Compact and large fluorescent bulbs will also be accepted with CFL and bulbs under 5 feet costing $ 1.00 each and larger fluorescent bulbs costing $2.00 each.    


Free recycling categories include most small electronic items such as computer towers, VCRs, DVD players, printers, keyboards, mice, cables, phones, radios, copiers, cell phones and more.  Small household appliances are also accepted at no charge including vacuums, coffee makers, toasters, small saws, drills, holiday lights, hair dryers and more. 


Unwanted prescription medications will also be collected for free.  NO SHARPS will be accepted.


Small and large metal items are eligible for drop off for free including bicycles, swing sets, metal shelving, metal cabinets, lawn and garden tractors, lawn mowers, metal furniture, outdoor grills, and more. 


The event has been organized by the Jo-Carroll Solid Waste Agency.  For more information or questions, please contact Mark Maidak, at 815-718-0238, or via e-mail at