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Evanston holds recycling fair Saturday

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The City of Evanston will hold a Recycling Fair and Public Works Equipment Expo on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Evanston Township High School.

The Fair provides residents an opportunity to recycle a variety of items, securely shred documents, obtain recycling education materials, learn about construction projects, sign up for a free compost cart and get a close look at some of the Streets and Sanitation heavy equipment.

Quick Tips for Visiting the Fair
Entrance for the fair will be at Dodge Avenue and Lake Street. If you have items to recycle or shred, please follow the signs and remain in your car. The items will be unloaded for you. Electronic recycling and document destruction are open to residents of all SWANCC communities.

Electronic Recycling
The following electronic materials will be accepted: televisions, computer monitors, cell phones, computers (PCs & laptops), VHS players, DVD players, printers, scanners, fax machines, MP3 players, PDAs, mice, keyboards and video game consoles.

Document Shredding and Recycling
Residents can bring up to five banker’s boxes of paper documents to be shredded on site. Documents should be placed in a box or brown paper bag and large metal clips and binders should be removed ahead of time.

Other Items to be Recycled
In addition to document shredding and recycling, the following items will be accepted for recycling:

  • Hangers
  • CFL light bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Plastic bags
  • Books (novels only, no textbooks please)
  • Ink & toner cartridges

Composting Program
The Public Works Department is expanding the pilot compost program and will again be offering free compost carts to Evanston residents. Containers provided for the program are made from repurposed, 95-gallon refuse carts that have been washed and retrofitted to serve as a stationary composting container. Residents can sign up to have one delivered to their home.

Free Reusable Bags
In an effort to reduce the number of plastic bags used by residents, the Evanston Public Works Department will give free insulated reusable grocery bags to the first 750 Evanston residents who play the Department’s “In or Out” recycling game.

Vendors, Organizations & City Departments
The fair will also host various vendors, organizations, and city departments, such as Citizens’ Greener Evanston, Evanston Environmental Association, the Evanston Ecology Center, Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse, Keep Evanston Beautiful, Presbyterian Homes, Office Depot, EcoDirect, Sam’s Club, the Evanston Fire Department and Evanston Police Department. Each vendor, organization or city department will have different activities and information on recycling and safety.

Equipment Expo
The Public Works Department will also be hosting an equipment expo including games as well as a chance to get up close to view the trucks that keep Evanston clean and functioning smoothly.

Bike Registration
The Evanston Police Department will be on hand to conduct bike registrations for those interested.

Refreshments
Free snow cones and cotton candy will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis courtesy of SWANCC and Groot. In addition, packaged refreshments will also be available for sale.

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