Got too much stuff? Then bring it to the City of Evanston’s eighth annual “Evanston Recycles” event on Saturday, July 7, at Evanston Township High School.

The free drive-up-drop-off event will run from 9 a.m. to noon, but officials urge you not to get in line before 8 a.m.

They recommend that you approach the school from the west on Church Street, then turn right on Dodge Avenue, right on Lake Street, and then into the school property in the middle of that block, as shown on the map below.

There will be plenty of staff on hand to unload your vehicle so that you never have to get out of your car or truck. You’ll then exit the school property on Church Street.

Electronics recycling and document destruction are open to residents of all Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) communities.

The Evanston Public Library, for the first time this year, is encouraging community members to bring new and gently used books to donate for reuse or recycling at the event.

The following electronic materials will be accepted: Cell phones, computers (PCs and laptops), computer monitors, DVR/cable boxes, DVD and VHS players, fax machines, computer mice and keyboards, MP3 players and PDAs, printers and scanners, television sets, and video game consoles.

Additional items accepted at the event include: vases (clean, dry, and empty), batteries (but not vehicle batteries), fluorescent light bulbs, plastic grocery bags and other plastic film, shoes, clothes and textiles, American flags, POW flags and service flags, bicycles and bicycle parts (broken, used bikes and parts welcome), books, reusable bags, sunglasses, eyeglasses, pop tabs, keys, and hearing aids.

Residentially generated, unused prescriptions and expired over-the-counter drugs will be accepted for disposal. Medications considered to be a controlled substance will also be accepted.

Medicines must be in labeled containers; no loose pills and no needles or syringes (used or new). Multiple medicine bottles should be transported in a clear re-sealable storage bag.

Evanston Recycles is supported by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), NorthShore University HealthSystem, Stericycle, Evanston Public Library, Evanston Sunrise Lions Club, Evanston American Legion Post 42, Random Acts of Flowers, Goodwill Evanston, and the Recyclery. 

Information is available on the city’s website, or you can call them at 3-1-1.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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