Refuse and Recycling Management
Refuse and recycling programs provide consumers with a variety of options to responsibly dispose of their waste while benefiting the environment in a number of ways.
A popular measure of sustainability is a community's diversion rate, which expresses how much waste a community diverts from landfills into recycling streams. Naperville has a long-term goal of achieving a 40% diversion rate.
As evidenced by the Citizen Satisfaction Survey, recycling remains an important service priority for City residents. Naperville takes pride in the fact that it was the first community in the country to offer curbside recycling. In 2014, the City launched a recycling cart program that provided more than 40,000 carts to residents in an effort to simplify the recycling process, increase resident capacity for recycling and reduce spillage and loose material complaints.
Prescription Drug Collection
The Prescription Drug Drop Box Program offers free, simple and proper disposal of expired or unneeded prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications, reducing the chance of drugs contaminating water sources or being ingested by minors and animals.
The City provides 24-hour drop boxes at all 10 fire stations and an additional drop box in the main lobby of the police station from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. The police station drop box also provides a disposal area for medications containing controlled substances.
Household Hazardous Waste
Naperville’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility, located at 156 Fort Hill Drive, is one of only four locations in the State of Illinois where residents can safely discard hazardous waste for free. Since opening in February 2015, the facility has continued to see steady increases in visitors.
The most common materials collected are flammable liquids (gasoline, mineral spirits, kerosene), oil-based paint, toxic liquids (medication, weed killer, pesticides), adhesives or paint-related materials and toxic solids (medication, weed killer, pesticides).
The facility also accepts numerous other items including aerosol cans, automotive fluids, asbestos materials, used batteries, fire extinguishers, fluorescent bulbs, household cleaners, peanut oil, poison, fertilizers, propane tanks, solvents and strippers and thermostats.
Two years before the State of Illinois banned electronics from landfills, Naperville was piloting an electronics recycling program consistent with its 2010 Sustainability Plan recommendations. Naperville’s early efforts helped to inspire action at the state level. Recycling electronics not only saves landfill space, but safely addresses hazardous e-waste that may contain toxic materials including mercury, lead, beryllium, chromium and chemical flame retardants that have the potential to leach into soil and water.