On Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Elmhurst College will host its annual Recycling Extravaganza, a place to bring a variety of items that can be recycled, reused and kept out of landfills.

NOTE: Because the City of Elmhurst now offers quarterly electronics recycling, the College event will not collect electronics this year.

Alternate sites that will collect electronics, including an event on Saturday, April 13 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elmhurst, are listed below.

Also new this year: To ease traffic flow, the main entrance to the Recycling Extravaganza has been relocated to Park Avenue and the entrance to the Mill Theatre parking lot.

By bringing items to the Elmhurst College Recycling Extravaganza, participants help to keep thousands of pounds of unwanted items out of landfills and waterways. In addition, donations of gently used items benefit many nonprofit service organizations and ultimately help scores of individuals and families.

 

Non-profit, green-focused recycling available

Several nonprofit social service and green-focused organizations will be at the Recycling Extravaganza to collect building supplies, clothing, bicycles, home goods and much more. Paper shredding also will be available. The list of organizations includes:

  • Shred First: Paper shredding
  • Working Bikes: Adult and kids’ bicycles in repairable or working condition
  • Lions Club: Eyeglasses, hearing aids and ink cartridges
  • Goodwill: Clothing and home goods
  • SCARCE: Books, records, musical instruments and craft supplies
  • Habitat for Humanity: Building supplies, materials and tools
  • Soccer Gear for Zambia: Soccer equipment and uniforms
  • Elmhurst Police Department: Unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs

The Recycling Extravaganza will be held in the Faganel Hall and Alexander Street parking lots at Elmhurst College. For more information, including a map of the vehicle route and a complete list of items that will and won’t be collected, visit elmhurst.edu/sustainability or email sustainable@elmhurst.edu.

To keep traffic moving smoothly throughout the event, participants are asked to categorize and sort their items before attending. Besides electronics, items that will not be accepted include batteries (any type), hazardous chemicals, carpeting, scrap metal and fluorescent lighting.

 

Local electronics recycling options:

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church will host an electronics recycling event on Saturday, April 13, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the church, 142 E. 3rd St., Elmhurst.
  • The City of Elmhurst will host an electronics recycling event on Saturday, April 27, from 8 a.m. until 12 noon at the Elmhurst Public Works Facility, 985 S Riverside Drive.
  • Other electronics recycling options in DuPage County can be found at dupageco.org/electronicsrecycling.
 

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