Earth Day Recycling Event

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Elk Grove Village, in partnership with Elk Grove High School, is hosting its first Earth Day Recycling Event!

Earth Day Recycling Event
Saturday, April 22, 8am - 11am
Elk Grove High School Parking Lot

This event will focus on recycling opportunities for many materials that cannot be disposed of through residents’ curbside refuse and recycling program.

Click here to view a map of the event location.

Who can take advantage of this recycling opportunity?

Participation will be limited to residents of SWANCC-member communities, which includes Elk Grove Village.  A complete list of SWANCC member communities can be found at www.swancc.org.  

This is a residential recycling event; materials from businesses will not be accepted.

What Can I Recycle?

  • American Flags
  • Anti-Freeze
  •  Batteries - Household alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V) and rechargeable (NiCd, NiMh, lithium ion, lithium polymer) batteries will be accepted. Separate alkaline from rechargeable batteries.  Tape contact points only on rechargeable batteries. Do not place batteries in individual bags.  Batteries leaking acid will not be accepted. Car, marine or other liquid batteries are not accepted
  • Books
  • Bicycles
  • Cell Phones
  • Cooking Oils - Only the cooking oil will be accepted - ontainers will be emptied at the recycling event and returned to residents.
  • CFL Light Bulbs - Bulbs should be placed in a zip-lock-type bag.  Broken bulbs can not be accepted and should be disposed of in your household trash. For safety steps on cleaning up a broken CFL bulb, visit epa.gov/cflcleanup.http://epa.gov/cflcleanup. LED light bulbs (commonly sold now), incandescent bulbs or long fluorescent tubes will not be accepted
  • Clothing/Household Goods - Women’s, Men’s, and Children’s Clothing, accessories, jewelry, scarves, shoes, handbags, linens and housewares will be accepted.
  • Eyeglasses
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Medications - Prescription medications and over the counter medications will be accepted.  Liquid medications and pharmaceutical controlled substances are not accepted in this program.
  • Motor Oil - Only the motor oil will be accepted - containers will be emptied at the recycling event and returned to residents.
  • Paint (Latex or Oil) in cans or containers - non-architecture paint, spray cans, solvents, or leaking cans will NOT be accepted
  • Sharps - Sharps (needles/syringes) must be placed in a sealed rigid container. Residents may also use containers such as a laundry detergent bottle or coffee can with the lid taped and sealed. Additionally, any container must be placed in a zip lock bag. 

 What Will Happen to the Items I Recycle?

  • Anti-Freeze -  Illinois Recovery Group provide anti-freeze recovery and environmental services to Illinois and surrounding areas. The company follows all Federal and State EPA regulations to ensure full compliance with recycling and disposal.
  • Books - SCARCE accepts books in any condition to keep them from landfills.  Usable textbooks and reading books go onto shelves for educators to take.  Books that are not appropriate for pre-K-12 classrooms are set aside for resale.  Out-of-date or damaged books are recycled through a contract with a specialty recycler
  • Cell Phones - Ninja Technologies takes tablets, iDevices, new and used Cell Phones, laptops, MiFi Hotspots and Aircards and then refurbishes or environmentally recycles them.  Ninja Technologies is a Certified e-Stewards® Recycling member. They certfiy complete data destruction for every phone, including the removal and destruction of all sim cards, data cards, physical notes, and electronic data. 
  • Cooking Oil - Green Grease collected used cooking oil to hep produce bio-fuel.
  • CFL Light Bulbs - Everlights collects used or unwanted CFL bulbs and and disposes of them in an environmentally safe way.
  • Clothing -  WINGS, an education, support and advocacy organization for victims of domestic violence, will use your items either for use by participants in their programs to meet their individual needs or will send them to their Resale stores to be sold. Resale proceeds directly benefit their participants, programs, and operating costs.
  • Motor Oil - Illinois Recovery Group provides oil recovery, oil recycling and environmental services to Illinois and surrounding areas. The company follows all Federal and State EPA regulations to ensure full compliance with recycling and disposal.
  • Paint (Latex or Oil) - Epaint Recycling Solutions collects old paint and sorts, filters and tints it for re-use as recycled paint.

 

Questions?

Have a question about the event?  Call 847-357-4010 or send a message using the My Elk Grove Village service request system.

 

If you're a business looking for where to recycle or dispose of business waste, please check out the SWANCC Green Pages directory.

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering?  Call 847-357-4006 or e-mail mjablonski@elkgrove.org for more information.

 

This is a residential recycling event; materials from businesses will not be accepted.

The Village will continue hosting our annual Electronics Recycling and Document Destruction Event, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 3.