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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

Electronics Recycling

Did you know it’s against the law to throw your electronics in the trash? Here’s an easy and environmentally friendly way to recycle your electronic devices. The Mount Prospect Park District will hold an E-Cycling Event on Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, at the Friendship Park Conservatory (395 W. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines) from 9 a.m. to Noon each day. White appliances (refrigerators, ovens, water heaters, etc.) and monitors with broken glass will NOT be accepted. For more information, call 847-298-3500.

By mreynolds on Categories: Electronics, Recycling

A Green Idea for the New Year

Would you like to get less junk mail and get a fresh start on the New Year?  According to the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC): “The average American receives 41 pounds of junk mail per year, of which 44% ends up in a landfill. There are environmental and monetary costs to create, transport, sort, process, manufacture and dispose of these materials.”

Take a look at this link on the SWANCC website.  This will provide you with information on removing  your name from many lists to eliminate junk mail from things like; charities and non-profit organizations, flyers and advertising supplements, and everyone’s favorite the pre-approved credit card offers,  just to name a few.  Give it a try and start reducing that paper from your mailbox.

By julie collins on January 31, 2013 Categories: Consumer Choices, Recycling

Eliminate/Reduce Paper Waste this Holiday Week

Do you still have gifts to wrap before the holidays?

Before buying anymore gift wrap, consider some alternatives that are more environmentally friendly:
*Giving clothes or blankets as a gift? Consider also using these items to wrap gifts for the same person.
*Reuse paperbags to wrap gifts. You can even make the brown paper more festive by drawing on it.
*Place gifts in a reuseable shopping bag, so the bag becomes part of the gift.
*Reuse comics as wrapping or newspaper to protect breakable items.
*Sew your own gift bags using left over fabric scraps and let the receiver keep the bag as part of their gift.
*Use reuseable gift bags and encourage your giftees to reuse the bag as well.
*Use clean recycled aluminium foil to wrap gifts.
*Wrap gifts in old road maps.
*Ask friends and family members to try not to tear the wrapping paper so that it can be reused next year.
*Have large cans to recycle? Clean and dry them thoroughly, place gifts inside and cover with shredded paper, fabric or yarn scraps.
*Save the cards you receive and reuse them by cutting them apart and using the picture as a gift tag.

Want to do away with wrapping completely? Inform your friends and family that you will not be wrapping gifts in an effort to reduce your footprint. Use the money you save to upgrade their gift or donate the money to your choice of charity. Or purchase your gift online and have it sent directly to the recipient’s home.

By julie collins on December 20, 2012 Categories: Consumer Choices, Holidays, 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

Last Call for Electronic Recycling in Mount Prospect

You know you’ve been meaning to do it but time is running out. The Village of Mount Prospect provides a weekly drop-off location for electronics recycling at the Public Works facility every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to Noon. However, the program ends on Wednesday, October 31 so now’s the time! Gather up those old computers, monitors, TV sets, printers, and video game components that are just gathering dust in the basement or garage and get them over to the Public Works facility (1700 W. Central Rd.). Items not accepted include cameras, microwaves, shredders, household appliances, power tools or air conditioners. For a complete list (and for alternate locations after Oct. 31) visit the SWANCC Electronics Recycling page.

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

E-Cycle at Friendship Park Conservatory

On Friday,  November 2 and Saturday November 3, Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines) will be hosting an electronic recycling event from 9a.m. to noon both days. Cell phones, digital cameras, fax machines, tv’s, video game units etc. will be accepted at no charge. For a complete list of acceptable items, please visit the Mount Prospect Park District website. For more info call 847-298-3500.

By julie collins on October 15, 2012 Categories: Electronics, Recycling

Donate Your Crocs

There may be varying opinions as to whether Crocs are a fashion statement or a fashion faux pas.  One thing that we can all agree upon is that is that giving them a second life is always a great idea.     

Thanks to Crocs, Inc. and Soles4Souls your gently worn Crocs can be given a second life.  Souls4Souls will clean and re-donate to people in impoverished nations around the world. 

In Illinois you can take your Crocs to the following locations to be recycled: 

•Aurora, IL | Chicago Premium Outlet (630) 820-3572
•Chicago, IL | North Bridge, Shops @ (312) 527-1139
•Schaumburg, IL | Woodfield Mall (847) 330-1040
•Vernon Hills, IL | Hawthorn (847) 680-1469

Donate Your Crocs

By julie collins on July 24, 2012 Categories: Recycling

Electronics Recycling

Dispose of old laptops, computer monitors and other small electronics on Saturday (June 23) 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Goodwill Store & Donation Center, Surrey Ridge Shopping Center (900 W. Algonquin Rd., AH). You can also drop off electronics for recycling at the Mount Prospect Public Works facility (Central and Busse roads) on any Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to Noon.

By julie collins on June 22, 2012 Categories: Electronics, Recycling