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Recycling and Refuse Services

refuseThe Village of Barrington contracts with Groot Industries, Inc. to collect refuse and recyclables, composting, and residential food scraps from Village residences. Groot takes the collected refuse to the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) transfer station in Glenview. SWANCC then disposes of the refuse in a landfill. Recycling material is collected by Groot and sent to their recycling facility, where it is sorted and sold to recyclers. For more information regarding SWANCC, visit www.swancc.org.

Establishing New Refuse Service: As a new resident, we realize you want to set up your new refuse, water and sewer service as quickly and easily as possible. Here’s what you need to do: 

1. Fill out the Utility Services Application
2. With a government-issued picture ID, come in to the Village Hall at 200 S. Hough Street, to set up your utility billing account. Sorry, but current federal rules designed to prevent identity theft make it necessary for you to set up this account in person, rather than online or on the phone. And please don’t forget to bring in your government-issued picture ID! 

Refuse Collection Pick-up: Recyclables, compostable yard waste, and regular refuse are collected on FRIDAY. Please have your recyclables, compostable yard waste and refuse at the curb before 6:30 a.m., but no more than 24 hours before pickup. Please do not place any containers in the street.  Also, please remember to promptly remove your empty bins from the curb after pickup. 

Refuse, recyclables, and compostable yard waste will not be collected on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. During these holiday weeks, your pick-up will be on Saturday.

Recycling Information/Green Pages Directory: For details regarding useful resources for residents seeking outlets for items they no longer need, visit www.swancc.org.

Electronics Recycling Program: Groot will pick up unlimited electronic waste at the curb at no additional charge.  Residents can simply call Groot at (800) 244-1977 to schedule a pickup at least 24 hours in advance and for details on dates of pick up. Electronic materials include computers and monitors, video game consoles, printers, televisions, DVD players, etc.

Battery Recycling Program: Barrington has teamed up with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) to offer our residents the opportunity to safely dispose of household alkaline and rechargeable batteries. Common household alkaline batteries are no longer accepted at IEPA-sponsored hazardous waste disposal events due to their benign nature and high recycling costs. This program makes it simple for you to dispose of batteries safely. You can drop off batteries at the Village Hall, 200 S. Hough Street, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or the Barrington Public Works facility, 300 N. Raymond Avenue, between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Should you have any questions, call (847) 381-7903 or visit www.swancc.org.

Household Refuse Guidelines: Groot will pick up regular household refuse, furniture, swing sets (four ft. lengths maximum), bicycles, and carpeting.  Carpet must be tied in bundles no longer than 4 feet.  Only one large item will be collected per pickup. Groot will not take clumps of earth or construction material during regular pickups. 

Call Groot at (800) 244-1977, to arrange for special pickups of construction material, appliances, or for further information about your refuse collection, visit www.groot.com.   

Recyclable and Compostable Material Guidelines: Each single-family home has one 65-gallon container for recyclable materials, which include glass, aluminum, tin, plastic bottles, and newspapers. All recyclables can be combined in this container.

In addition, the Village has provided each single-family home with a 95-gallon wheeled cart for compostable yard waste, which includes grass clippings, weeds, leaves and small twigs. Please bear in mind, this cart is for compostable yard waste only, and will not be emptied if it contains any other refuse, such as sod, dirt, clay, stones, rocks or gravel. Compost yard waste is picked up from mid-March to mid-December.

Holiday Light Recycling: The Barrington Public Works Department has teamed up with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) and Elgin Recycling to establish a "Holiday Light Recycling Program." Collection of these lights will be at the Public Works Facility, 300 N. Raymond Avenue, late-November through March. The drop off bin will be located at the main entrance of the Public Works facility. Accepted for recycling will be: mini-lights (or Italian lights), C7 lights, C9 lights, rope lights, LED lights, and extension cords. All colors and lengths will be accepted. The Village will not accept garland, live greens, wreaths, or other non-recyclables. For more information on this program, please contact the Public Works Department at (847) 381-7903.

Residential Food Scrap Composting Program: The Food Scrap Composting program runs from mid-March through mid-December, during yard waste collection.  Barrington residents will be permitted to place approved food scrap materials inside their 95-gallon compost cart.  Collection will continue to occur on Fridays with regular recycling and refuse pickup.  Food composting keeps food waste out of landfills, where it takes up space, produces methane and often cannot decompose. Composted food breaks down quickly and produces healthy soil making it much better for the environment.  Additional information can be found by viewing the attached brochure. You can also view a brief presentation regarding the program here and a video about residential composting here.

Yard Waste: State law requires us to pick up yard waste separately from general waste. Our program includes one 95 gallon container for your use. Collections begin mid-March and end mid-December. Yard waste material must be placed inside the 95 gallon cart provided; any excess must be placed in Kraft 2-ply bio-degradable landscape waste bags. YARD WASTE IN PLASTIC BAGS WILL NOT BE COLLECTED. Tree limbs, branches, or brush must be cut to no more than 5 feet in length and placed in the container. Any brush or branches outside of the container must be cut down to 5 feet in length and bundled (use only twine or string) no greater than 2 feet in diameter.

Paint Disposal: The easiest way to dispose of paint is to use it up completely by applying a second coat to your project or using it up on a piece of old cardboard or scrap wood. Empty paint cans may be recycled. Many local theatre groups, churches and housing authorities will accept leftover paint and put it to good use. For details on how to safely dispose of paint, visit www.swancc.org/paint.

Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb Recycling: The Village of Barrington is one of several communities participating in a recycling program for compact fluorescent lightbulbs. The program, sponsored by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), is designed to help consumers properly dispose of burnt-out CFLs because of the small amounts of mercury they contain.  Compact fluorescent lightbulbs have become increasingly popular for their energy-saving properties. The bulbs produce the same amount of light as incandescent bulbs but use 2/3 less energy and last 10 times longer—leading to an energy savings of about $25 over the life of a lightbulb. The Illinois Bureau of Energy and Recycling estimates that if each household in the state replaced one incandescent bulb with one 18-watt CFL, the results would be equivalent to removing 294,000 tons of carbon emissions from the air.

However, the bulbs also contain an average of 5 milligrams of mercury—about the size of a ballpoint pen tip. For that reason, they should not be disposed of with household garbage. Instead, SWANCC has organized recycling drop-off centers for the bulbs.

Bulbs can be dropped off at: 
Public Works 
300 N. Raymond Avemenue 
Mon - Fri 6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Residents are limited to a total of 12 CFLs, 4’ or 8’ fluorescent lights or a combination thereof, per visit.

While the bulbs are safe to use in homes, SWANCC also advises proper cleanup if a bulb should break. Among its suggestions:

  • Weather permitting, open windows to allow the room to ventilate.
  • Sweep up—do not vacuum—all of the glass fragments and fine particles.
  • Place broken pieces in a sealed plastic bag and wipe the area with a damp paper towel to pick up stray glass shards. Put the used towel in the plastic bag as well.

For more information about the program you can visit SWANCC’s website at www.swancc.org.

Utility and Refuse Billing Information: The Village will bill you bi-monthly for refuse services.  This is included as part of your Utility Bill. Refuse charges are a flat fee per residence and are for service during the two months that follow the bill. The rates for recycling and refuse charges can be found by clicking here.

Payment of Bill: Cash, checks, money orders, or credit cards are accepted as payment.  Please note that there is a 3% surcharge for credit card payments.  Payments can be mailed directly to the Village (200 South Hough Street, Barrington 60010) or made in person at the Village Hall. There is also a "drop-box" located at the exit of the Village Hall parking lot, next to the mailbox. You may also pay utility bills via direct debit from your checking account. Please complete the Application for Direct Debit Billing form (click here) and mail it to the Department of Community and Financial Services or bring it to Village Hall.

Another payment option is to use the State of Illinois E-Pay system.  You can access E-Pay by clicking on the E-Pay link on the front page of our website.  E-Pay also has the 3% service charge for credit card payments.

Business Refuse Collection Service: Businesses in the Village are required to independently contract for their own refuse and recycling services through Groot. Please contact Groot at (800) 244-1977.

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