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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 eighth annual “Evanston Recycles” event held on, 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: 42,570 pounds of electronics (TVs and other e-waste items), 27,260 pounds of documents, 434 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), 407 fluorescent light bulbs, 169 LED bulbs, 20 pounds of Christmas lights, 1,659 pounds of batteries, 247 pounds of plastic film, 28 bicycles, 100 vases, 13 American flags, 78 ink cartridges, 226 pairs of eyeglasses, 147 pairs of sunglasses, 501 keys, 110 gallons of medications, 10 gallons of controlled substances, 5 gallons of pharmaceutical aerosols, 1,100 books (400 donated to the Evanston Public Library, 700 to Goodwill), and 561 miscellaneous items.

Evanston Recycles 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.