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.
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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
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/ .
Illinois will soon be using recycled shingles to help repair damaged roads throughout the state. This will help to reduce the environmental impact of road repairs while helping the state save money. Governor Quinn estimates the state will save around 8 million dollars annually.
For more information visit the Illinois General Assembly Bill Status for HB1326 or Earth911.com
The Village of Mount Prospect in association with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) is providing a one day collection event for residents to drop off electronics at Mount Prospect’s Public Works building on Saturday, June 18 from 9am to 1:00pm
Only residentially generated equipment will be accepted (see list below). Businesses, school districts and governmental institutions are prohibited from participating in the event, but are encouraged to visit www.swancc.org for local recycling info.
Computers – PCs/Laptops
Peripherals – mice, keyboards, zip drives
Video Game Consoles
*If your item is not listed above it will not be accepted.
Please contact the Public Works Department (847-870-5640) with any questions. For more info: Public Works to Host Electronic Recycling Event
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.
Don’t know what to do with those strings of broken or unused holiday lights? Recycle them! Several communities have joined with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) to recycle strings of unused or nonfunctioning lights and extension cords. Garlands, live greens, wreaths and other non-recyclables are not accepted. In Mount Prospect, you can recycle your holiday lights at Public Works (1700 W. Central Road) from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekdays through February 11. Please call 847/870-5640 for more information.