Screen time: computer monitors were in great supply at the recycling event.

Even though the gates did not open until 9 a.m. for the City’s annual “Evanston Recycles” event, cars were in line before 8:30, and by about 9:15 about 50 cars had been relieved of their unwanted electronics, ink cartridges, batteries, and out-of-date medications.

City crews and volunteers greeted residents in the south parking lot of Evanston Township High School then unloaded their vehicles, taking TVs, cell phones, computers, cable boxes, mice and keyboards, PDAs, printers, scanners and the like from trunks, hatchbacks and seats.

Random Acts of Flowers, a non-profit organization that distributes flower bouquets to persons in health-care facilities, collected vases in which to build their bouquets. Residentially generated, unused prescriptions, expired over-the-counter drugs, and even those considered “controlled substances” were accepted.

The event also offered on-site document-shredding – up to five banker’s boxes per resident. Although the parking lot may have seemed glutted when the event ended, but many residences were lighter and cleaner for it.

“Evanston Recycles” was supported by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, NorthShore University Health-System, and Stericycle.