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September 17, 2018, 7:00 am
Filed under: Hazardous Wastes, Recycling

If you have been saving your pesticides, oil-based paint, garden chemicals or househould cleaners for the next Hazardous Waste Recyling Event, now is the time to collect your items.

The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) is holding an event on Saturday, October 6 at the Mundelein Metra Train Station from 8:00 to 2:30.  The train station can be found at 205 N. Archer Avenue in Mundelein.

Items you can bring to the collection include: CFL bulbs, unwanted prescription and over-the counter medicines and supplements (people and pet), household cleaners, gasoline, garden chemicals, pesticides, oil-based paints (no latex) and varnishes, as well as other household chemicals. For a more detailed list visit SWALCO’s HCW website

Residents of Illinois are encouraged to contribute.  Unfortunately, small businesses are excluded at this time.


September 10, 2018, 7:00 am
Filed under: Recycling, Shredding event, Upcoming Events

Recyling EventHere’s your chance to participate in a one-stop dropoff of many of the recyclable items in your home!  The Village of Hanover Park and the Hanover Park Environmental Committee are sponsoring a major recycling event to be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Open to any Illinois resident.  No business waste.  

Pack up your car and take your items to the Hanover Park Metra Station at 1975 W. Lake Street in Hanover Park.  All items are either recycled or donated to charity.

Accepted items are:

  • Records, Brita and PUR Filters
  • Cell phones and ink-jet cartridges
  • Eyeglasses, hearing aids, and keys
  • American flags
  • CFL bulbs and fluorescent tubes
  • Household batteries
  • Large lead-acid batteries (automobile, sump pump, SLA, ad marine batteries only)
  • Bicycles, crutches, walkers, canes, and wheelchairs in working, usable condition (will be donated to people living in poverty)
  • Motor oil and antifreeze
  • Clean usable child and adult clothing
  • Fire extinguishers and scrap metal
  • Personal documents for shredding (service is free; No businesses.  No hard covers, binders, binder clips, or books.  Staples and paperclips OK)

Unaccepted items are:  Household electronics / Paint / Large appliances (such as refrigerators and ovens) / Oil filters / Water heaters / Air conditioners / Garbage disposals / Propane tank, compressed air tanks / Ammunition / Smoke detectors / Radioactive materials / Explosives / Hazardous waste / Chemicals / Needles / Syringes / Controlled substances / Business waste of any kind / Regular garbage.

For further information and to volunteer, contact 630-550-5005.

August 27, 2018, 7:00 am
Filed under: Electronics, Paint, Shredding event

The Village of Schaumburg is hosting a Fall Recycling Event that will include electronics and paint recycling as well as document shredding!

When:  Saturday, October 13, 2018. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

Where:  The west parking lot of Boomers Stadium, 1999 S. Springinsguth Rd., Schaumburg.

Who:  Schaumburg residents only (participants will be asked to show ID)

What:  Paper shredding services will be available at no cost to residents. Two banker boxes or bags are acceptable. Document destruction will be available until the truck reaches capacity.

Attendees will also be able to recycle latex and oil-based paints.  Electronic items include computers, small appliances, cell phones, electronic toys, copper wire and more will be accepted.

The following fees will be charged for both types of paints, televisions and monitors:

Latex Paint:
1 Quart=$1
1 Gallon=$3
5 Gallons=$10

Oil Based Paints/Stains:
1 Quart=$4
1 Gallon=$8
5 Gallons=$20

Televisions and Monitors:
TV/Monitor up to 21″ (not including LCD monitors)=$25
TV/Monitor 21″ and above (not including LCD monitors=$35
LCD Monitor=$15

Cash or credit accepted onsite.

For more information, contact Martin Metreger at or dial 311 in Schaumburg.

August 22, 2018, 7:00 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Roselle Community Recycling & Shredding Event

When:  Saturday, September 8, 2018.  8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Where:  Roselle Metra Station, 540 Irving Park Road, Roselle

Who:  Co-sponsored by the Bloomingdale Township Highway Department,  Itasca Bank & Trust and the Village of Roselle.


****The following options are available to the public:

  • Document shredding.  There is a 4-5 per person limit.  No newspapers, magazines or binders.
  • Thermometer recycling.
  • Winter clothing.
  • Bicycles–working and non-working.
  • Batteries: Lead Acid (Pb) batteries (from cars, trucks, emergency lighting) Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) batteries (from cordless phones, tools, two-way radios) Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries (from camcorders, cameras, bar code scanners), Lithium Ion (Li Ion) & Lithium Polymer (Li Poly) batteries (cell phones, laptops) (event partner: Batteries Plus Bulbs)
  • Eyeglasses, hearing aids, printer ink cartridges, cell phones, holiday lights, keys. (event partner: Roselle Lions Club)
  • Miscellaneous:  new and gently used clothing, linens, footwear, household items, dishes, glassware, kitchen utensils, lamps, small appliances, toys, games and sporting goods, Brita & PUR filters & pitchers, CDs & DVDs (no packaging) (event partners: S.C.A.R.C.E & Goodwill)
  • Paint:  $2 per gallon fee for latex paint.  $8 per gallon fee for oil based paint.  Paint must be in original container.  (event partner: Len’s Ace Hardware)

****The following options are available to residents of Roselle and Bloomingdale Township:

  • Electronic recycling of the following items:  computers and peripherals, data center equipment (power suppliers), office and telecommunication equipment (copiers, fax machines, phone systems, cell phones, hand held devices, projection equipment, audio equipment, video equipment, TVs, calculators, security equipment, typewriters.

    Only one television per vehicle will be accepted at this event, due to the high cost of recycling televisions. Please bring along enough assistance with you to be able to remove your recyclables from your vehicle. The Township cannot be responsible for any damage to vehicles. (sponsor: Bloomingdale Township Highway Commissioner Bob Czernek)



August 15, 2018, 7:00 am
Filed under: Shredding event

Shredding eventWhat:  A Community Shred Day
Who:  Residents may bring up to 4 bags or boxes of unwanted and outdated documents. Media destruction will also be available and includes hard drives, thumb drives and back-up tapes.  Separate these two items.
When:  Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 9 to 11 a.m.
Where:  Schaumburg Township at 1 Illinois Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL

This event is free and available to Schaumburg Township residents only.  No businesses please.  Residency proof will be required.

For more information, please visit our website at or call 847-884-0030, ext. 3016.

July 31, 2018, 7:00 am
Filed under: Electronics, Recycling, Upcoming Events

When:  Saturday, September 15, 2018 10:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Where:  DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton

Who:  Sponsored by SCARCE (School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education)

Who may attend:  The event is open to the public.

For info on the types of recycling that are available, see here.

July 7, 2018, 7:00 am
Filed under: Electronics, Recycling, Upcoming Events

Electronics RecyclingIt’s time to clean out your old electronics, small appliances, and paper documents if you’re a resident of Hoffman Estates and Elk Grove Village. The village and the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County [SWANCC] will be holding an electronics recycling and document shredding event for SWANCC residents only.

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 9-1 
Hoffman Estates Public Works, 2305 Pembroke

There is no charge but proof of residence will be required. Simply drive to the Public Works building and volunteers will empty your vehicle of accepted items. The Village recommends that you arrive early. The event will close promptly at 1:00.

The following items can be recycled:

  • Computers and computer equipment/components (e.g., monitors, hard drives, printers, scanners, keyboards, modems, cables, etc.)
  • Office equipment and products (e.g., telephones, cell phones, PDAs, fax machines, shredders, typewriters, calculators, etc.)
  • Small home appliances and home improvement products (e.g., microwave ovens, coffee makers, dryers, power tools, blenders, humidifiers, etc.)
  • Home entertainment items (e.g., TVs, VHS and DVD players, stereo equipment, video game consoles, cameras, CDs and DVDs, software, etc.)

For the shredding, there is a limit of six banker boxes or paper shopping bags per vehicle. Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed, but please remove binders.