The City of Evanston will host its sixth annual "Evanston Recycles" event on Saturday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at Evanston Township High School. The free “drive up, drop off” event provides residents an opportunity to recycle a variety of items and securely shred documents.

Residents who bring items to recycle or shred are asked to follow the signs and remain in their cars as city staff unload the items. Electronics recycling and document destruction are open to residents of all Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) communities.

The following electronic materials will be accepted:

Cell phones
Computers: PCs and laptops
Computer monitors
DVR/Cable boxes
DVD and VHS players
Fax machines
Mice and keyboards
MP3 players and PDAs
Printers and scanners
Video game consoles

To continue supporting community members and businesses in transitioning away from disposable plastic shopping bags, the city will again collect reusable bags at the event for distribution at Evanston community centers and library locations. Reusable bags of any kind can be donated; bags should be in usable condition..

Random Acts of Flowers, a non-profit organization with a branch location in Evanston, will be collecting vases to use for flower deliveries to community members in nearby health care facilities.

Additional items accepted at the event include:

Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs
Ink cartridges
Plastic grocery bags
Tennis shoes

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
No needles or syringes (used or new)
Multiple medicine bottles should be transported in a clear re-sealable storage bag
No bulk turn-ins

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. Staples and paper clips are acceptable. Document shredding is not available for businesses.

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...