Do you have old shoes that you’d like to dispose of, but not send to the landfill? The City of Highland Park has recently begun to collect shoes at the Recycle Center, 1180 Half Day Road. Please pair the shoes with a rubber band or by tying together the laces. Moldy or wet shoes, ice skates, roller blades and snow boots are not accepted. Shoes can be dropped off when the Recycle Center is open — 7 am – 1 pm every Tuesday and the first Saturday of each month.
The City of Highland Park is hosting a donation drive this weekend — May 7th and 8th from 9 am to 1 pm at Hidden Creek Aqua Park. Bring over books, small household items, toys, shoes and other items (for the specifics please call 847-926-1000) to donate for reuse. Got clothing too?? Our clothing and textile bin is only a few minutes away at 1180 Half Day Road! There are many year-round Reuse-A-Shoe drop offs nearby.
If you’ve been reading this page, you know that you can bring used electronics to the Recycling Center at 1180 Half Day Road in Highland Park, or leave one large item or three small items at the curb for pick up on your first trash day of the month if you live in Highland Park. For electronics recycling to work, there must be a market for used electronics. Here’s an interesting article that makes the case for buying certain items used. Reputable retailers refurbish these items so that they work well, and you can save money buying used.
Don’t stock up on trash stickers! Our garbage carts have an RFID chip which can be used by the trash hauler for our pay as you go system of trash pick up. They will begin using the chip instead of stickers on August 1, and stickers are not returnable. Stickers will still be needed for compost/organics if you are not on the seasonal subscription, and if you put out an extra can of trash for a special occasion.
Our new trash contract includes the ability to put out one large item for pick up with your trash each week, and one electronic item with your first trash pick up of the month without a sticker. We will still have the spring trash collection in Highland Park beginning on April 30, but you don’t need to wait another year to dispose of larger items.
Please remember that everything left out for spring clean up will go to the landfill, and electronic waste will not be picked up. If you have a box of paper or other recyclable materials, please put it out on your regular trash pick up day, so that it can be recycled.
Go Green Highland Park is collecting eyeglasses, trophies, shoes (paired), keys, pens, crayons, empty toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes and panty hose on May 2 between 7 am and 1 pm at the HP Recycle Center, 1180 Half Day Road. The City will be accepting electronics and styrofoam, as well as clothing and textiles. Please bring items sorted by category, to help keep the drop off running smoothly. If you’d like to help, or want to learn more about Go Green Highland Park, contact them here.
Our recycling center is still in business, accepting foam, electronics, and textiles for recycling and reuse. We’ve adjusted the hours to accommodate more residents. You can now drop off items from 7 am – 1 pm on any Tuesday and the 1st Saturday of each month except holidays. Textile recycling is open all the time.
I’m sorry to report that the Electronics Recycling Center will be closing at the end of the year. We are hoping that the closure will be temporary. Highland Park’s center is the second largest in Lake County, and collected approximately 350,000 pounds of electronics last year. Click here for more information.