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Recycling Information from the Waste Reduction Committee

The McHenry County recycling directory - The Green Guide is distributed annually with the Northwest Herald on Earth Day. Paper copies are available at the Defenders' office, MCC, local libraries and village offices, or click on the link to the left for the PDF edition.

Defenders' McHenry & Woodstock Recycling Drives  

The Defenders work to collect and recycle materials which are not collected in curbside recycling and which would be harmful to the environment if put in a landfill.  It costs us to recycle these unusual items and therefore donations of any size would be appreciated from all who bring materials to the drive.

What: We collect fluorescent tubes, household batteries, car batteries, and clean styrofoam for recycling. The suggested donation for this service is 50 cents per pound of batteries and 50 cents each for 4 foot fluorescents (other sizes and shapes of fluorescent tubes may be higher). Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) can be recycled for no fee at Home Depot or Ace Hardware - see below) We take video and cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs, etc, as well as packing peanuts and re-useable bubble wrap*.

*Yeah, I know it's fun to pop it, but then it's just garbage. So resist the temptation, and bring it to us for re-use!

We also accept electronics - Computers, phones, printers, electronic toys, hair dryers, vacuum cleaners, etc. TVs and computer monitors will be accepted for a donation of $10-$35, depending on size. Become a new member of the Defenders at the recycling drive, at the Basic or higher level, and get two coupons to recycle a television or monitor for FREE!

There are also three FREE drop off sites for electronics:  Algonquin Township Road District 3702 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, 847-639-2700 X6, Computer Recycling Center in Crystal Lake, 815-455-6300 (call for information) and Lakewood's electronics drop-off site on Haligus Road south of Ballard Road (at the Fire Station).

USAgain Clothes Collection System have a truck at each drive to accept any kind of cloth items—clothing, linens, or just plain rags, clean and bagged.  They will also accept shoes, tied together by their laces and placed in the bag.  

New - you can donate aluminum cans at both the McHenry and Woodstock drives, but we will no longer be paying for them. The donation will help fund our educational and advocacy programs.

When: Second Saturday of every Month 

The Woodstock collection takes place on the second Saturday of each EVEN numbered month, and will be held in front of the Soil & Water Conservation District building at 2222 S.  Dean St. (south of Rte 14) in Woodstock, from 9 AM until noon.  ***NEW LOCATION***

McHenry’s collections are held on the second Saturday of ODD numbered months at the Metra Station Parking lot, 4005 Main Street in McHenry, from 9 AM until noon.

Why: Fluorescent tubes & bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, and need to be properly recycled to avoid contamination of the landfills and groundwater. Styrofoam does not break down and takes up  a lot of landfill space. Batteries contain heavy metals which are known health hazards. Click here for more info.


What happens to the Styrofoam after you bring it to EDMC?

This mountain of Styrofoam will be put through the Densifier, and then taken to a local manufacturer where it is used to make new plastic items.

Additional Styrofoam recycling spots:

Chicago Logistic Service, 1700 Big Timber Rd, Elgin 847-429-1926

Village of Algonquin: Public Works, 110 Meyer Drive

The Village of Lakewood has placed 24 hour drop off bins throughout the village for residents and non residents to deposit their clean styrofoam for recycling. These rolling bins are clearly marked for styrofoam. They are located at: 

Lakewood Village Hall, 2500 Lake Avenue 

Lakewood Public Works garage, 6570 Haligus Road 

Redtail Golf Course, 7900 Redtail Drive


What to do with PAINT!

Paint: Oil based paints need to go to Household Hazardous Waste collections. Latex paints in useable condition can be shared with school theater departments, churches, etc (try Freecycle.org to find it a new home) Algonquin Township Road District 847-639-2700 x6 and Lloyd's Paint N Paper 815-459-1160 will take latex paint. Old latex paint can be dried out completely & disposed of in your regular trash. Empty, clean cans can then be recycled.

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Electronics and Television recycling (including computers, printers, etc):

Algonquin Township Road District, 3702 US Hwy. 14, Crystal Lake, IL 847-639-2700 x6  www.algtwsp.com Monday-Friday 9am-3pm

Lakewood electronics recycling drop off bin, behind public works garage at 6570 Haligus Road. 7am – 7pm. 

Computer Recycling Center, Crystal Lake 815-455-6300 www.computerrecyclingcenter.net  

Best Buy Algonquin 847-458-5768, Crystal Lake 815-459-7874, McHenry 815-578-2039   www.bestbuy.com/recycling 

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Paint: Oil based paints need to go to Household Hazardous Waste collections. Latex paints in useable condition can be shared with school theater departments, churches, etc (try Freecycle.org to find it a new home) Algonquin Township Road District 847-639-2700 x6 and Lloyd's Paint N Paper 815-459-1160 will take latex paint to remix and reuse. Old latex paint can be dried out completely & disposed of in your regular trash. Empty, clean cans can then be recycled.

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Junk Mail: Take steps to get off the mailing lists - click here.

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Plastic Bags and Film - can be recycled at many local retailers, like Jewel. CVS, and Walgreens. For more details, click here.

 

 

CFL Recycling Now at all Home Depot Locations

"The Home Depot, the world's largest home improvement retailer, today expanded its long-term commitment to the environment and sustainability by launching a national in-store, consumer compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb recycling program at all 1,973 The Home Depot locations. This free service is the first such offering made so widely available by a retailer in the United States and offers customers additional options for making environmentally conscious decisions from purchase to disposal." Click Here to read the press release.

Many Ace Hardware stores will also accept CFLs and rechargeable household batteries for recycling. Contact your local store. Woodstock is NOT, but McHenry & Crystal Lake are.

"OMG! I broke a compact fluorescent light bulb! It's got mercury in it - now what do I do?!?!"
Don't Panic! Click Here for the answer.

For more info on CFLs, click here...

McHenry County Recycling Alternatives

Residents should check with their waste hauler for curbside recycling options.

West side of county:

·    Falcon Waste & Recycling,  (815-334-8689). Click Here for current information. Currently accepting cardboard, newspapers, magazines, metal, untreated wood, computers, junk mail, food & beverage containers. Also accepting carpeting from non-commercial customers. 

Woodstock area: 

·   Behr Woodstock, 13914 Washington St. in Woodstock (815-206-5511). Call for drop-off hours. Metals & electronics only.

·   Woodstock and Harvard elementary schools have Abitibi (green and yellow) large bins in school parking lots for drop-off. All types of paper. NO CARDBOARD.  

·  Defenders' Woodstock Drives are held on the second Saturday of EVEN numbered months in front of the Farm Bureau, 1102 McConnell Rd in Woodstock. See above for what we take.  

McHenry area: 

·   Aid Association for Lutherans drop off, Zion Lutheran Church (next to Jewel-Osco), 4206 W. Rt. 120 in McHenry. Contact: Curtis Bremer at 815-385-2853.  24 hour drop-off. All types of paper, books. NO PLASTIC BOTTLES OR GLASS, NO CARDBOARD.

·   Defenders' McHenry Drives are held on the second Saturday of ODD numbered months at the Metra Station Parking lot, 4005 Main Street in McHenry. See above for what we take.

Crystal Lake area:

·    Elgin/Crystal Lake Recycling, Inc., 5114 E. Terra Cotta Ave. (Rt. 176), Crystal Lake (815-455-7700). Call for drop-off hours. Aluminum and steel cans, all types of paper and cardboard. NO PLASTIC BOTTLES OR GLASS.

·    Day's & Crawford Scrap Metal, 304 Briarwood, Crystal Lake.  (815-459-7751). Call for drop-off hours. Non-ferrous metal only.

·    T & C Metal Co, 378 Prairie St., Crystal Lake (815-459-4445). Call for drop-off hours. Non-ferrous metal only.

·    Computer Recycling Center, 7510 Virginia Rd, Crystal Lake (815-455-6300).  Call first. Computers, accessories, electronics. No TVs. New and refurbished computers are available for purchase.

Township facilities (must be a resident):

·   Algonquin Township Road District, 3702 US 14, Crystal Lake (847-639-2700 ext. 6). Drop-off. Aluminum and steel cans, all types of paper, cardboard, glass and plastic bottles. Paint & brush during warm months. Call for details.

·   Nunda Township Road District, 3518 Bay Rd., Crystal Lake (815-459-4410) Call for details.

 

Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, 110 South Johnson Street, Suite 106, Woodstock, Illinois 60098
815-338-0393  mcdef@owc.net