Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility Accepted Items

Address: 1150 N. North Branch Street


The Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility accepts these chemicals:

  • household chemicals, such as bleach, harsh cleaning materials, drain cleaners, etc.
  • batteries (rechargeable, lithium, car batteries, etc.)
  • oil-based paints, aerosol paints and paint thinners
  • solvents (mineral spirits, stains, paint strippers, preservatives, sealers)
  • unused or expired medications (non-controlled only)
  • compact fluorescent light bulbs and tubes
  • antifreeze
  • motor oil, gasoline, auto fluids
  • herbicides, pesticides  and insecticides
  • propane tanks for BBQ grills
  • lead acid batteries
  • all aerosol cans (spray paint, hair spray, etc.)
  • lawn, pool and hobby chemicals
  • mercury (thermometers, switches, thermostats)
  • small fire extinguishers
  • small non-refillable cylinders (NRC’s)


The Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility accepts these electronic materials:

  • all computer related equipment (monitors, mouse, hard drives, CPU’s, computer cables, keyboards, laptops, etc.)
  • cell phones
  • fax machines
  • scanners
  • printers/copiers
  • televisions/TV’s (limit two (2) and need to be a resident of Chicago)
  • DVD players
  • MP3/digital music players
  • PDAs
  • VHS players
  • Video game consoles
  • Zip drives
  • Computer cables


The Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility does NOT accept:

  • business/commercial sector wastes (residential waste only)
  • alkaline batteries
  • explosives, ammunition, or fireworks
  • latex paint, acrylic and water based paint (how to dispose of latex paint)
  • agricultural and institutional waste
  • smoke or carbon monoxide detectors
  • farm machinery oil
  • cement or concrete
  • household appliances (microwaves, toasters, coffee makers, stoves, refrigerators, washer, dryers, humidifiers, blenders, dehumidifiers, etc.)
  • medical waste (such as sharps, needles, lancets, biohazards)
  • HVAC systems and accessories (air conditioners, furnaces, filters, etc.)
  • radioactive material
  • refrigerants/freons
  • air conditioners
  • tires
  • controlled substances/narcotics
  • large/business copy machines
  • vacuum cleaners
  • films, reels, CD’s, DVD’s, video tapes, cassette tapes, etc.
  • answering machines
  • calculators
  • digital cameras
  • video cameras
  • paper shredders
  • power tools
  • print cartridges
  • stereo equipment
  • telephones
  • typewriters
  • business copy machines


Visit Earth911 to find outlets for those materials or consider selling or donating working materials.

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