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The City of Evanston will host its 10th annual “Evanston Recycles” event on from 9 a.m. to noon on July 11 at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave.

Each year, this free “drive up, drop off” event provides residents an opportunity to recycle and donate a variety of items and securely shred documents. This year, due to COVID-19, the City will be collecting only electronic waste and documents for shredding. No other items will be accepted.

Community members participating in the event should enter the drop-off line on Church Street west of Dodge Avenue. Participants are asked to follow the signs to the drop-off area and remain in their cars. Participants are asked to not line up before 8 a.m.

To ensure the health and safety of participants and staff, all participants must unlock/open their trunk from inside their vehicle to allow City staff to unload the items, wear a face mask while on the property, place all material for recycling in the back seat or trunk of their vehicle, and stay home if experiencing viral symptoms or testing positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days. Service will be refused to residents who do not comply with these safety guidelines.

Electronics recycling and document destruction are open to residents of all Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) communities.

Electronics Recycling

The following electronic materials will be accepted:

  • Cell phones
  • Computers (PCs and laptops)
  • Computer monitors
  • DVR/Cable boxes
  • DVD and VHS players
  • Fax machines
  • Mice and keyboards
  • MP3 players and PDAs
  • Printers and scanners
  • TVs
  • Video game consoles

Document Shredding and Recycling

Residents may bring up to five banker’s boxes of paper documents to be shredded on site. Documents should be placed in a box or brown paper bag and large metal clips and binders should be removed ahead of time. Staples and paper clips are acceptable. Document shredding is not available for businesses.

Evanston Recycles is supported by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC).

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