Broken Refrigerator? Busted Hair Dryer? You Can Recycle That!

recycling container

Recycling Program Temporarily Suspended

Aug. 2, 2016: Due to the State of Illinois’ reduced funding for electronics recycling programs, we cannot sustain this program based on the bids received from potential vendors. Once state funding has been restored, we hope to continue this program.

Mar. 14, 2016: Due to an issue with our recycling vendor, the program has been temporarily suspended. We are putting this opportunity out to bid and hope to have another vendor as soon as possible. Watch this page for updates.

In an effort to keep unwanted appliances, electronics and other non-biodegradable objects out of landfills, the Forest Preserves of Cook County has designated two locations as all-inclusive recycling drop-off centers. Two southwest zone nature centers, Little Red Schoolhouse in Willow Springs and Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in Lemont, now have large-scale collection containers ready and waiting to accept your recyclable items.


And you can recycle a lot more than you think! Drop off your outdated or broken computer monitors, printers and peripherals; electronics such as phones and radios; and household appliances like hair dryers, irons and coffee makers. Even large appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers and stoves can be recycled. (Click here for a full list of accepted items).


The collection centers are located in the nature center parking lots and will maintain the same hours as the nature centers. The containers are unmanned; however, if you need assistance, please call the number posted on the container door and a nature center staff member can lend a hand.


Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center is located at 9800 Willow Springs Rd, Willow Springs. Sagawau Environmental Learning Center is located at 12545 W 111th St, Lemont.

Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County