Public Green Category: Batteries

Recycling at Public Works

Starting April 3, the Mount Prospect Public Works Department will again accept residentially generated electronic waste for recycling every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and Noon. The service will run until October. Accepted items include computers, monitors, DVD players, keyboards, printers, scanners, televisions, VHS players, and zip drives. Unacceptable materials include air conditioners, answering machines, blenders, camcorders, video games, copy machines, digital cameras, home appliances, microwaves, power tools/cords, shredders, stereo equipment and toasters. For more information, call the Public Works Department at 847-870-5640 or email them at

The Public Works Department (1700 W. Central Rd.) also accepts household batteries, compact fluorescent and fluorescent tube lights, and pharmaceuticals for recycling and/or proper disposal. Those materials can be dropped off at the Public Works Building between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Updated Battery Recycling and Disposal Options

From the beginning of 2010 until the end of 2011, when the program was discontinued, the Mt. Prospect Public Library accepted all types of dry-cell batteries for recycling and disposal as part of a broader effort to promote, facilitate, and raise awareness of greener choices and options, an effort in which we will continue to engage.

However, while the Library no longer collects batteries, the Village of Mt. Prospect collects “household alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9V, and button cells) and rechargeable batteries (NiCad, [NiMH], lithium ion, and lithium polymer)” at its Public Works facility on 1700 West Central Road between the hours of 7:30am and 5:00pm.

This collection effort is free of charge to citizens of Mt. Prospect for residentially-generated battery waste; industrially- and commercially-generated battery waste will not be accepted. While single-use alkaline batteries need no special preparation for disposal at Public Works, the contact points of rechargeable batteries must be taped over to prevent potential fire hazard during transport, or they must be individually placed in sealed plastic bags.

To read the Village’s information about battery and other recycling options on their website directly, visit their “Solid Waste –Additional Recycling Programs” page.

For more public battery recycling options, visit SWANCC’s “Battery Recycling” page.

For more private battery recycling options, visit Earth 911’s listings at , which can be assembled by typing “batteries” in the “Find recycling centers for” search box and “Mount Prospect, IL” in the “Near” search box on Earth 911’s homepage.

For a brief explanation about why rechargeable battery recycling is important, for example, read Earth 911’s “Why Recycle Rechargeable Batteries” page at .