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Electronics Recycling and Document Destruction Events

The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) will be providing 3 electronics recycling and document destruction events in June.

Saturday, June 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Lincoln Hall School
6950 East Prairie Road (Lincolnwood)

Saturday, June 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Elk Grove Village Fire Station #8
1000 Oakton Street (Elk Grove Village)

Saturday, June 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Niles Public Services Center
6849 Touhy Avenue (Niles)

For more information on which types of electronics will be accepted for recycling, please visit the Electronics Recycling page on the SWANCC website.

By mreynolds on June 10, 2013 Categories: Community, Electronics, Recycling

Earth Day Events 2013

 This year Earth Day is Monday, April 22. Check out these local activities to celebrate Mother Earth:

E-cycle event: On Saturday, April 20, recycle your old computers, digital cameras, cell phones and more at the Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines) between 9 a.m. and Noon. This free event is sponsored by the Mount Prospect Park District and Com 2 Recycling. For more information, call 847-298-3500.

Earth Day fun for adults and kids: Visit the Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines) on Saturday, April 20, between 1 and 3 p.m. to attend a tour of their greenhouse and get some gardening and lawn care tips. Kids activities include planting seeds and decorating clay pots. Admission is free. For more information, call 847-298-3500.

Go beyond Earth and check out the stars: Celebrate everything celestial beginning at 5:30 p.m. when Northwest Suburban Astronomers and the Harper College Department of Physical Sciences host Astronomy Day 2013. The even takes place at Harper College (1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine). Indoor and outdoor telescopes will be available, plus a number of displays and programs. For more information, go to the North Suburban Astronomers website.

Rummage sale: Pick up some reasonably priced treasures on Friday and Saturday (April 19 and 20) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church (407 N. Main Street, Mount Prospect). The twenty-eighth annual sale features clothing, household tools, books, CDs, toys and more. A bake sale and hot dog lunch will be available. For more information, call 847-392-3111.

Join the ride: Ditch your car and join the Mt. Prospect Bike Club on Saturday (April 21) at 8:45 a.m. for a 30-35 mile tour of area forest preserves. Participants meet at Lion’s Park (411 S. Maple Street, Mount Prospect). A stop for lunch at Culver’s concludes the ride. For more information, email

By mreynolds on April 19, 2013 Categories: Community, Earth Day

Recycling at Public Works

Starting April 3, the Mount Prospect Public Works Department will again accept residentially generated electronic waste for recycling every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and Noon. The service will run until October. Accepted items include computers, monitors, DVD players, keyboards, printers, scanners, televisions, VHS players, and zip drives. Unacceptable materials include air conditioners, answering machines, blenders, camcorders, video games, copy machines, digital cameras, home appliances, microwaves, power tools/cords, shredders, stereo equipment and toasters. For more information, call the Public Works Department at 847-870-5640 or email them at

The Public Works Department (1700 W. Central Rd.) also accepts household batteries, compact fluorescent and fluorescent tube lights, and pharmaceuticals for recycling and/or proper disposal. Those materials can be dropped off at the Public Works Building between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

By mreynolds on April 1, 2013 Categories: Batteries, Community, Electronics, Recycling

Holiday Light Recycling

The Solid Waste Agency of North Cook County (SWANCC) and its member communities are offering h0liday string lighting recycling in numerous locations throughout the area. Mount Prospect Public Works is currently accepting lights M-F, 7:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m. through February 28, 2013. For more info and a list of addtional locations: Holiday Light Recycling.

By julie collins on November 27, 2012 Categories: Community, Holidays, Recycling

SWANCC’s Trashy Fashion Show

The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) will hold it’s sixth Trashy Fashion Show on Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore (5300 W. Touhy Avenue in Skokie). Over 30 designers created a movie themed outfit from items destined for the trash or recycling bin. Reservations are not needed for this event. Doors are scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m. For more information about the show call 847-724-9205 or email

By mreynolds on October 22, 2012 Categories: Community, Recycling

Plant Sale at Friendship Conservatory

Get your garden started on Saturday (May 12) from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. when a spring plant sale takes place at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Rd. DP). Posies are the featured flower, but plenty of annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs will be available for sale. Master Gardeners will be on site to answer gardening questions. Admission is free. For more information, call 847/298-3500.

By julie collins on May 10, 2012 Categories: Community, Landscaping

Friendship Park Conservatory Earth Day Celebration

Friendship Park Conservatory will be hosting an Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 21 from 1p.m.-3p.m. Tours will be given in the greenhouse and experts will be on hand to provide tips on gardening and lawn care. Games and activities will be available for kids. Admission and activities are free and all ages are welcome to attend.

By julie collins on April 19, 2012 Categories: Community, Earth Day, Landscaping

Green Ideas and Discussion

A PDF of the powerpoint from last evening’s “Green Ideas and Discussion” is posted below:

 Green Ideas 04182012

By julie collins on Categories: Community

Clean Up the Parks Day

The Mount Prospect Park District is sponsoring a “Clean Up the Parks” Day on Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone wishing to pitch in is welcome to participate. This would be a great community project for scout troops, ball teams, church groups etc. and others looking to make a difference. Registration is required: Friendship Park Conservatory, (847) 298-3500. A certificate of appreciation will be issued to  all participants. For more info: Clean Up the Parks Day.

By julie collins on April 12, 2012 Categories: Community

Earth Day Events from the Mount Prospect Park District

Earth Day is Friday, April 22. To celebrate Earth Day, join in one of the Mount Prospect Park District activities:

-Drop off your used electronics for recylcing at the Friendship Park Conservatory on Friday, April 15, or Saturday, April 16, from 9am-12noon. For more information on what types of items will be accepted, please view this list.

-Help clean up a local park on Saturday, April 16, from 11am-3pm. You can choose which park, or you can ask the Park District to suggest a particular location. Participants will receive a certificate of appreciate for their efforts.

-Learn tips on lawn care, composting, gardening and more at the Friendship Park Conservatory on Saturday, April 16, from 1-3pm. This event includes games for kids, crafts, demos and tours.

For more information on any of these events, visit the Mount Prospect Park District website or call 847-298-3500.

By MPPL on April 14, 2011 Categories: Community, Earth Day, Recycling