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Arlington Heights Spring Sweep Recycling Day

The Village of Arlington Heights is sponsoring a Spring Sweep Recycling Day.

The 3 recycling stations include: document shredding; electronics collection; and used bicycle collection.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Nokia Siemens Networks
1502 West Shure Dr.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004 for more information

By julie collins on April 22, 2015 Categories: Community, Electronics, Recycling

Start Saving Your Personal Care Product Packaging

Starting April 20 Mount Prospect Public Library will be collecting hair care, skin care, and cosmetic product packaging to be recycled through TerraCycle.

TerraCycle is “an international upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products and repurposes the material into affordable, innovative products…TerraCycle works with more than 100 major brands in the U.S. and 22 countries overseas to collect used packaging and products that would otherwise be destined for landfills. ”

A designated box will be located in the inner lobby of the Library to collect acceptable packaging.

By julie collins on March 15, 2015 Categories: Recycling, Reduce Your Waste Line


EcoATM’s are automated electronic recycling stations. You can sell your old/unwanted electronic devices (phones, mp-3 players, tablets) by placing them in ecoATM kiosks, and if you accept the dollar amount, you will get paid instantly. The closest ecoATM’s to Mount Prospect are in Woodfield and Golf Mill Malls. For more information and to find other specific locations:

By julie collins on July 2, 2014 Categories: Electronics, Recycling

End of School Year Tips to Reduce Waste

The end of the school year is just about here.  It will soon be time for locker clean-out in many area schools.  You can help to prevent a lot of waste and make this ritual an eco-friendly project.  Here are some tips from the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County along with a PDF you can download to help you and your schools with this process.  According to SWANCC this can be the biggest waste day of the entire school year.

By julie collins on June 4, 2014 Categories: Community, Recycling

E-Cycling Event at the Friendship Park Conservatory

Do you have old electronics around your house that you don’t know what to do with? You can drop them off for recycling at the Friendship Park Conservatory on Friday, April 11, or Saturday, April 12. Drop off times for both days are from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. For more information, call 847-298-3500 or check out this detailed list of what is and is not accepted.

By mreynolds on April 2, 2014 Categories: Community, Electronics, Recycling

Paint Recycling Program

Is your garage or basement cluttered with cans of leftover paint you have no intention of using? If passed, new legislation in Illinois could help fund a paint recycling program that would create more drop-off locations, many of which would be conveniently located at retail establishments. To help fund the program, consumers would pay a small fee when purchasing paint. Currently, there are similar programs in seven other states. For more information, check out this brief article featured on Earth911. You can also check the status of the House Bill (HB5457) and Senate Bill (SB1705).

By julie collins on March 17, 2014 Categories: Household Products, Recycling

Holiday Lights Recycling at Home Depot

Ends on Sunday November 17!  

Bring in your working or non-working incandescent holiday lights into Home Depot between November 7-17 for safe recycling, and receive a $3, $4 or $5 off coupon on energy star LED lights.  More details.

By julie collins on November 12, 2013 Categories: Consumer Choices, Energy, Holidays, Home Decorating, Recycling

Pedal Power Bike Donation Program

Got a bicycle you don’t need anymore?  Here’s a great way to recycle it!  On Saturday (Nov. 2) from 9 a.m. to Noon, several locations in the Northwest suburbs will be accepting bicycle donations as part of the “Pedal Power” program.  These bikes will then go to Chicago Public School students as a reward for good grades.

Nearby drop-off spots include Mike’s Bike Shop in Palatine (155 N. Northwest Hwy.); Glenview Cycle (1011 Harlem Ave.) and Garner Cyclery in Northbrook (1111 Waukegan Rd.) For more information and a complete list of drop-off locations, go to .

By julie collins on October 29, 2013 Categories: Recycling, Transportation

Electronics Recycling at Public Works Through the End of October

The Mount Prospect Public Works Department will accept electronics  for recycling every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and noon through the end of October 2013. 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 julie collins on September 24, 2013 Categories: Electronics, Recycling

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