Where can I recycle tires, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL bulbs), and old batteries?
Tires are banned from disposal in Illinois landfills and State regulations prohibit open dumping of tires. Illinois retailers of tires are required to take an equal amount of old tires from customers who purchase new ones. However, people who have not taken advantage of this often find themselves with a few tires piled up in their garage or backyard.
Many area tire retailers will take small amounts of used passenger car and light truck tires from the public for a small fee. Some of these locations may also be able to remove a tire from the rim for an extra charge. Please call your tire dealer to find out if they will accept used tires for appropriate disposal/recycling.
Contact your local waste hauler for any other options.
Disposal of CFLs is a concern because there is a small amount of mercury in each lamp. Residents can drop off CFLs at the Jackson County Health Department's back building during normal business hours (M-F, 8 - 4). No fluorescent tubes or incandescent bulbs are accepted from residents, businesses or institutions. Click here for a fluorescent tube recycling fact sheet. Also, please remember that no lamps or bulbs should ever be placed into curbside or drop-off recycling containers.
Rechargeable batteries. A nationwide system to recycle rechargeable batteries has been established by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation. These batteries are most commonly used in cellular and cordless telephones, camcorders, cordless power tools, two-way radios, and laptop computers. They include nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd), nickel metal hydride (NiMH), lithium ion (Li-Ion) and small sealed lead (Pb) batteries (under 2 lbs). Once your batteries will no longer take a charge, you may recycle them at many area locations, including Jackson County Health Department's back building during normal business hours. Other locations can be found online at www.call2recycle.org.