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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 info@swancc.org.

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

E-Cycle at Friendship Park Conservatory

On Friday,  April 20 and Saturday April 21 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 machings, tv’s, video game units etc. will be accepted at no charge. For a complete list of acceptable items, please visit www.mppd.org. For more info call 847-298-3500.

By julie collins on April 17, 2012 Categories: Electronics, Recycling

Hope Phones

Donate your unwanted cell phones to “Hope Phones,” an organization that responsibly recycles or refurbishes cell phones and sends them to isolated and developing areas. This organization assists with setting up communication networks for health workers that serve millions of people. For more information: www.hopephones.org where you can print a free shipping label.

By julie collins on April 13, 2012 Categories: Recycling

Public Works to Offer Electronics Recycling Drop off

The Mount Prospect Public Works Facility will begin to accept electronic recyling on Wednesday, April 4 from 10 a.m to 12 p.m. This program is being established via a partnership between the village, SWANCC and Supply-Chain Services, Inc. Starting on April 4 and continuing through October 31, Public Works, at 1700 W. Central, will accept these items on Wednesdays only from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more info: http://www.mountprospect.org/index.aspx?recordid=1062&page=27

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

Updated Battery Recycling and Disposal Options

From the beginning of 2010 until the end of 2011, when the program was discontinued, the Mt. Prospect Public Library accepted all types of dry-cell batteries for recycling and disposal as part of a broader effort to promote, facilitate, and raise awareness of greener choices and options, an effort in which we will continue to engage.

However, while the Library no longer collects batteries, the Village of Mt. Prospect collects “household alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9V, and button cells) and rechargeable batteries (NiCad, [NiMH], lithium ion, and lithium polymer)” at its Public Works facility on 1700 West Central Road between the hours of 7:30am and 5:00pm.

This collection effort is free of charge to citizens of Mt. Prospect for residentially-generated battery waste; industrially- and commercially-generated battery waste will not be accepted. While single-use alkaline batteries need no special preparation for disposal at Public Works, the contact points of rechargeable batteries must be taped over to prevent potential fire hazard during transport, or they must be individually placed in sealed plastic bags.

To read the Village’s information about battery and other recycling options on their website directly, visit their “Solid Waste –Additional Recycling Programs” page at http://www.mountprospect.org/index.aspx?page=274 .

For more public battery recycling options, visit SWANCC’s “Battery Recycling” page at http://www.swancc.org/programs/battery-recycling .

For more private battery recycling options, visit Earth 911’s listings at http://search.earth911.com/?what=batteries&where=&latitude=&longitude=&country=&province=&city= , which can be assembled by typing “batteries” in the “Find recycling centers for” search box and “Mount Prospect, IL” in the “Near” search box on Earth 911’s homepage.

For a brief explanation about why rechargeable battery recycling is important, for example, read Earth 911’s “Why Recycle Rechargeable Batteries” page at http://earth911.com/recycling/hazardous/rechargeable-batteries/why-recycle-rechargeable-batteries/ .

By julie collins on March 7, 2012 Categories: Batteries, Recycling