The City of Evanston will give away free compost bins to residents who attend the 3d Annual Recycling Fair on Saturday, July 13, at Evanston Township High School.

Staff will accept orders at the fair and deliver them later. The bins are for composting only and will not have wheels, according to a news release from the city, but they come complete with instructions.

The fair, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon, gives residents a chance to recycle a variety of items, securely shred documents, obtain recycling education materials, learn about construction projects, and visit with “green” vendors.

Electronic recycling and document destruction are open to residents of all Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) communities. Participants are asked not to line up before 8 a.m.

Among the electronic materials that will be accepted at the event are television sets, computer monitors, cell phones, computers (both PCs and laptops), VHS and DVD players, printers and scanners, DVR/cable boxes, fax machines, mp3 players and PDAs, mice, keyboards, drives, and video game consoles.

You 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.

Additional items being collected this year include clothing, shoes, clothes hangers, household batteries, car/SUV/light truck tires (a maximum of two), compact fluorescent light bulbs, ink cartridges, and plastic grocery bags.

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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  1. Be aware that the city’s compost bins are poorly designed

    All you are getting from the city is an old standard trash dumpster that has a bunch of 1/4" holes drilled throughout to allow drainage.

    The problem is that–being about 4' tall– it is way too tall for adequate turning of the compost.

    I had to have the city pick it back up from my house because it was inadequate for composting.

  2. How will we get rid of the

    How will we get rid of the other two thousand wrong size trash recepticles the city is sitting on?

  3. I have had mine for two years

    I have had mine for two years now. it works fine and my garden loves the homemade compost.

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