Dear Northlake Resident:


I am pleased to report that the new recycling carts delivered last year to replace the smaller recycling bins has been a success. Many people have commented that the community looks neater and cleaner.

To keep Northlake’s recycling program on a successful track, we are asking that you your part. Household waste should never be placed in the recycling carts. Doing so contaminates recyclable materials and the recycling cart will not be emptied.

The system works best when everyone does it correctly. Here are a few reminders about the recycling program:

  • Use only the recycling carts that have been provided. However, additional recyclables that do not fit in your cart can be collected in another recycling bin or paper bag.
  • All containers to be recycled should be rinsed and free of food, caps and lids
  • Broken down cardboard boxes and place next to cart
  • DO NOT be use recycling carts for any other type of refuse

Below is a list of items that can be recycled in the Northlake program. Many items that are not accepted may be recycled by other means. Contact city hall at 343-8700 for more information.

What Can Be Recycled

What Cannot Be Recycled

  • Newspaper
  • Mixed Paper: advertisements, direct mail, office paper, stationery, envelopes, paper bags, gift wrap
  • Magazines, catalogs and telephone books
  • Cardboard and boxboard
  • Soda and beer carrying cases
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aluminum cans and foil
  • Tin and steel cans, including empty aerosol cans
  • Plastic bottles and containers coded #1- #7 (except #6)
  • Six or twelve pack rings
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Soiled items such as pizza boxes, napkins and tissues
  • Plastic take-out containers, cups, plates, or utensils
  • Plastic bags and film
  • Styrofoam or packing peanuts
  • Disposable diapers or rags
  • Needles or syringes
  • Mirror and window glass, compact fluorescent and other light bulbs
  • Electronic items
  • Printer or toner cartridges
  • Toys and ceramics
  • Motor oil, insecticide and hazardous chemical containers


Thank you for your participation in this exciting program. As your Mayor, I will always continue to work hard to move our community forward.



Jeffrey T. Sherwin