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Effective immediately, the City of Evanston’s Health Department will no longer be a drop off location for the recycling of CFL light bulbs, batteries or small electronics. These items can be dropped off at the Levy Senior Center and the Ecology Center.
This change in recycling locations is due to space needs for the creation of a new Erie Health Center, which will share space with the Evanston Health Department on the Morton Civic Center’s ground floor.
Evanston residents can continue to recycle batteries, CFLs and small electronics at the Levy Senior Center and the Evanston Ecology Center during regular business hours.
The City of Evanston’s Health Department will continue to accept medications and sharps in its Community Health Division located in Room G600 in the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.
Acceptable Items to Recycle at the Levy and Ecology Centers:
Small electronics: Community members may drop off cell phones, cordless phones, digital cameras, video recorders, laptop computers, MP3 players and ink cartridges for recycling. Recycling Avenue, an organization that provides job opportunities for the physically challenged, collects the electronic waste for recycling.
Batteries: Household alkaline batteries – AA, AAA, C, D and 9 Volt; rechargeable batteries – NiCad, NiMh, lithium ion and lithium polymer. Before dropping off any battery, residents need to tape the contact points on each battery or place in an individual self-locking plastic bag to avoid sparks.
CFLs: Bring the bulbs in individual self-locking plastic bags. The City of Evanston DOES NOT take CFLs generated on a commercial, institutional or school district basis.
The Levy Senior Center is located at 300 Dodge Ave. and has office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Evanston Ecology Center is located at 2024 McCormick Blvd. and has office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Summer office hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
More on recycling in Evanston at www.cityofevanston.org/recycling.