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Community members dropped off more than 42,000 pounds of electronics for recycling, 27,000 pounds of paper documents for shredding, and a host of other items for donation or disposal at the City’s 8th annual “Evanston Recycles” event held on Saturday, July 7 at Evanston Township High School.

A total of 912 vehicles were processed during the free, three-hour “drive up, drop off” event—a rate of more than 300 vehicles per hour. Public Works Agency staff assisted community members in recycling electronics, securely shredding documents, safely turning in medications, and donating books and other items.

Items collected by the City and its partners include:

  • Electronics (TVs and other e-waste items) – 42,570 pounds
  • Documents – 27,260 pounds
  • Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) – 434 bulbs
  • Fluorescent light bulbs – 407 bulbs
  • LED light bulbs – 169 bulbs
  • Christmas lights – 20 pounds
  • Batteries – 1,659 pounds
  • Plastic Film – 247 pounds
  • Bicycles – 28 bicycles
  • Vases – 100 vases
  • American Flags – 13 flags
  • Ink cartridges – 78 cartridges
  • Eyeglasses – 226 pairs
  • Sunglasses – 147 pairs
  • Keys – 501 keys
  • Medications – 110 gallons
  • Controlled substances – 10 gallons
  • Pharmaceutical Aerosols – 5 gallons
  • Books – 1,100 books (400 to Evanston Public Library, 700 to Goodwill)
  • Miscellaneous items – 561 items

The City of Evanston’s “Evanston Recycles” event is supported by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), NorthShore University HealthSystem, Stericycle, Evanston Public Library, Evanston Sunrise Lions Club, Evanston American Legion Post 42, Random Acts of Flowers, Goodwill Evanston and the Recyclery.

For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311 or simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.