Recycling event this morning at ETHS

The City of Evanston hosts its ninth annual "Evanston Recycles" event from 9 a.m. to noon today at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave.

The free "drive up, drop off" event provides residents an opportunity to recycle and donate a variety of items and securely shred documents.

To participate, enter the drop-off line on eastbound Church Street west of Dodge Avenue.

Participants are asked to not line up before 8 a.m and to follow the signs to the drop-off area 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.

Batteries and vases will not be accepted at this year's collection event.

Electronics Recycling

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
TVs
Video game consoles

Other Items

Additional items accepted at the event include:

Fluorescent light bulbs; small fluorescent bulbs should be placed in sealable plastic bags (incandescent light bulbs not accepted)
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
Hearing aids

Medications Disposal

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. Participants are asked to follow these guidelines for medication disposal:

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

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

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