Residents continue to enjoy unlimited recycling. Each household receives either a 35 or 65 gallon cart that has wheels and an attached lid. Additional recyclables may be placed by the curb in containers that do not exceed 25 gallons of capacity. Recycling does not require a sticker.
A man standing next to recycling bins.

Preparation of material

Recyclable materials may be placed into the recycling cart, or additional containers not exceeding 25 gallons of capacity. Materials should be rinsed free of food and caps and lids removed. Flatten all corrugated cardboard boxes, paperboard, wet strength carrier stock and remove any non paper packing material.

Recyclable Paper Items

  • Brown Kraft paper bags
  • Catalogs
  • Cereal boxes
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Frozen food boxes
  • Glossy and non-glossy magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Mixed paper
  • Newspaper and all newspaper inserts
  • Paperboard (chipboard)
  • Telephone directories
  • Wet strength carrier stock such as beer and soda boxes

Non-Paper Items

  • Aerosol cans
  • Aluminum baking trays/pie plates
  • Aluminum foil
  • Aluminum/bi-metal cans
  • Brown, green, and clear glass bottles and jars
  • Gable top milk cartons
  • Juice cartons and boxes
  • Plastic bottles and containers numbered Number 1 - Number 5 and Number 7
  • Steel or tin cans

Unacceptable Items

  • Mirrors
  • Number 6 Polystyrene blocks
  • Packing peanuts
  • Plastic bags
  • Rigid Number 6 plastics
  • Window glass


Medications can be dropped off on a regular basis at:
Fox Metro Water Reclamation District
682 Route 31
Oswego, IL 60543

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

However, at this location no controlled substances are allowed.