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Wheaton Recycling Extravaganza is This Weekend

The following information comes from a city of Wheaton press release. 

Get a jump on your spring cleaning and take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity. Wheaton’s 26th Recycling Extravaganza will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12 in the commuter parking lot at Liberty Drive and Carlton Avenue. 

This well-attended event is set up as a drive-through with stations for cars to drop off many items for recycling that can’t be recycled through the curbside program, such as scrap metal, car batteries, propane tanks, clothing and more. Volunteers will help unload items from your car at the various stations. 

Items that will be accepted:

  • Scrap metal such as pots, swing sets, hangers, shelving, lawn furniture, tomato cages, drained lawn mowers, washers, dryers, air conditioners, etc.
  • All electronics (anything with an on/off switch and all electric cords), TVs, computers, cell phones, printer toner cartridges, CDs, DVDs, cassettes, printers, etc.
  • Propane tanks
  • Dry residential carpeting and padding
  • Clothes, blankets, towels, sheets, shoes, and any textiles in any condition for Goodwill Industries
  • Document/office paper for immediate shredding on site (while you watch) – 3 copy box limit; please remove binders and plastic bags
  • Large batteries (car, sump pump, boat, motorcycle, etc.).
  • Bikes
  • Fluorescent tube bulbs (from residents only)
  • Eye glasses
  • Keys
  • Hearing aids, wheelchairs
  • Worn American flags for proper retirement
  • Buttons
  • Rulers
  • Sewing machines
  • LP records
  • Musical instruments

Items that WILL NOT be accepted:

  • No refrigerators or freezers.
  • No household batteries.
  • No hazardous waste can be accepted.
  • No compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
  • No books (You can bring books for reuse or recycling to SCARCE in Glen Ellyn. For more information, see www.scarceecoed.org)

Volunteers are needed for this event. Groups or individuals high school age or older can call 630-690-1237 or 630-653-8877. 

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