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Earth Day Aprill 22Happy Earth Day!

Aprril 22 is Earth Day. Also time for spring cleaning. It is a  time to think about the 3R's: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE. Keep reading to learn how to get rid of your unwanted "stuff" and keep it out ot the landfill.

Sell It

To sell your "stuff",  list it on Craig's list. or the Warrenville Garage Sales and Exchange Facebook group. If not,  donate it to bless someone else or recycle it. 

Donate It

Find a resale shop. Most resale shops take clothes, shoes, accessories, household goods, sports equipment, dishes, kitchen gadgets, toys, knick knacks, small working household appliances (NO big TV's or computer monitors, even if they work) Click links for hours and more detailed lists.

  • Discoveries Resale Shop and Furniture Annex in Warrenville: Pickup can be scheduled for furniture. Benefits Warrenville Youth and Family Services.
  • ReStore for working appliances, light fixtures, and other building supplies. Nearest one is by Fox Valley (4100 Fox Valley Ctr Dr Aurora, IL 60504). A division of Habitat for Humanity.
  • Jubilee - A bigger furniture store than the Discoveries Annex - located at 730 E. North Ave. Carol Stream, IL 60188 - 630.784.2890 - Benefits Outreach Community Ministries

 

Recycle It

Upcoming Recycling Events in Warrenville

  • Car Seats - Target is collecting Car Seats from April 17 - 30. Take old car seats to a Target location, and get a 20% off coupon for a new carseat. (Note: resale shops do not take car seats, as there are too many recalls and restrictions)
  • Paper Shredding and Electronics Recycling - April 29, 2017 from 9 am  - 1 pm at Northstar Credit Union at 3 S 555 Winfield Road.  Limit 2 bankers boxes of paper per person, and any electronics except TVs and computer monitors
  • Bike Rodeo - May 20 - Collecting Bikes to be fixed and re-used to those in need

Ongoing Recycling Events

Remember that most items items are made of natural resources - better to find a way to re-cycled even after the item is no good (e.g. keys, small metal pieces, lawn chairs, books). There are also things that the right person might be able to use (pens, blank paper, crayons, games, puzzles, yarn, glue, craft supplies, books, file folders, tools, lawn furniture .....). Here are places to get rid of of stuff that's too good to throw away:

  • Warrenville Ace Hardware - Electronics Recycling  and CFL bulbs - Take electronics to a box in back of store (small items, TV's for a price) and CFL light bulbs (bring to cash register).
  • Warrenville Public Library: Eye glasses (including sunglasses) for Lions club - in between doors at back entrace. Maybe when construction is complete, more recycling will return.
  • Warrenville Park District - Bins at the back entrance for ink jst cartridges, old cell phones, batteries, gym shoes, eye glasses
  • Warrenville City Hall - Batteries (alkaline, lithium, lithium-ion) - Collection bins by upper and lower entrances. Keep the chemicals that leak out of batteries out of our water supply!
  • St. Irene's - Paper Recycling - includes outdated text books
  • Freecycle- Join the Warrenville Group - post what you want to give away - "one person's trash is another person's treasure" - You make arrangements for them to pick it up. For a bigger audience, there are other Wheaton and Naperville groups too. (Can be all sorts of things. For example,  I got rid of landscape stones and logs (and they came to get it), and old chair cushions.
  • Wheaton Public WorksSecond Saturday each month. 9-noon - small electronics, cooking oil, scrap metal and more (no TV's or hazardous waste).
  • SCARCE in Glen Ellyn has BookRescue, Tools for Schools and Super Crayons projects - Tools for Schools is for any supplies that a teacher might use in a classroom, including any and all books, paper, pens, pencils & crayons, game pieces or groups of other small things for kids to count / manipulate, anything that could be used for craft projects, any office supplies, buttons, sewing machines, sewing supplies and more. See  Tools for Schools List. Also Book Rescue takes all books. Books for kids are distributed to teachers, for classroom use, and SCARCE finds homes for other books, or recycles those that are in bad shape. All Crayons (broken or not) are used by the Super Crayons project.
  • SCARCE in Glen Ellyn Recycles odds and ends  - Keys, flags, records, small metal pieces, cell phones, lights & cords (all year) - Click to see list
  • Food Panty in Immanual Church - non-perishables that you won't use (that are still good) - open Tuesday mornings
  • People's Resource Center in Wheaton - food, clothes, computers (critial need for working computers), books
  • Sharing Connections - Furniture and Household Items - they will pickup
  • Shopping bags - Resale shops including Discoveries in Warrenville re-uses shopping bags and plastic bags in good shape. - If DIscoveries can't use your plastic bags, then take them for recycling next door at Family Foods.
  • Tennis Shoes - Take them to the Nike store in the Aurora Premium Outlet Mall - Nike grinds them for playground surfaces so bring shoes with holes. - if the shoes are wearable, they can go to a resale shop
  • Bubble Wrap & Peanuts - UPS and other packaging stores (call first)
  • Hangers - return to cleaners (call first)
  • Electronics and more - Wheaton: Second Saturday each month. 9-noon at the Public Works - small electronics, cooking oil, scrap metal and more (no TV's or hazardous waste).
  • Garden Tools - Garden Works Project now has a facility in West Chicago is creating a Garden Tool lending library. (103 W. Washington - in the same building as Gallery 200 - stop by the gallery while you are there) 
  • Latex Paint - Usable paint that has not been frozen. June 1 - July 29, 2017 at Woodridge Greene Valley Wastewater Treatment Facility - 7900 S. Route 53, Woodridge

Find a Recycling Extravaganza!

These events, usually sponsored by a community or municipal group, provide a "drive-thru" recycling. Each event has its own list of items, and arranges for charties or commercial organizations to take the various items.  Find upcoming extravaganzas and read the flyer for the event or go to their webpage to get the details. ThereTypical items include:

  • Scrap Metal
  • Eye Glasses (Lyons Club usually collects and distributes)
  • Electronics (Look Carefully! Usually electronics are considered to be anything with a battery or cord, but each event has different requirements. Old monitors and TVs may not be collected, or may be collected for a fee).
  • Old Bikes
  • Garden Tools
  • Medical Equipment
  • Books
  • Pet Supplies
  • American Flags
  • Many More - check your event listings

Hazardous Waste

Some things can't be recycled, and shouldn't go in the landfill.  These include old medicine, cleaning chemicals, oil based paints, and weed killers. We're lucky to have the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) disposal site in Naperville that is open every weekend. Learn more at these websites:

  • Naperville Hazardous Waste Dropoff - Jefferson and Forthill (Not in the Fire Station Anymore). They made the drop-off bigger so cars can move thru more quickly - open Sat and Sunday mornings.
  • Medicine Disposal - at many local police stations (not Warrenville), and HHW- Dump all the pills into a ziplock bag. - April 29, 2017 is Drug Take Back Day. There additional drop of locations on the DEA website as well as ongoing collections at West Chicago and Naperville police stations

Additional Resources

If you are looking for more information, check out these websites. It is illegal to put TV's into the landfill, it's difficult to find places to recycle them, and the information is always changing.

Earth Day Aprill 22Happy Earth Day!

Aprril 22 is Earth Day. Also time for spring cleaning. Wondering what to do with unwanted "stuff"? Keep reading ...

How to Get Rid of "Stuff" and Keep It Out Of the Landfill

If you need to sell it,  list it on Craig's list. If not,  donate it and bless someone else or recycle it.  Here's how:

Is it good shape? Find a resale shop. Most resale shops take clothes, shoes, accessories, household goods, sports equipment, dishes, kitchen gadgets, toys, knick knacks, small working household appliances (NOT big TV's or computer monitor, even if they work) Click links for hours and more detailed lists.

Some things just shouldn't go in the landfill. Period. These include old medicine, cleaning chemicals, oil based paints, and weed killers. We're lucky to have a nearby Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) disposal every weekend in Naperville. Learn more at these websites:

  • Naperville Hazardous Waste Dropoff - Jefferson and Forthill (Not in the Fire Station Anymore). They made the drop-off bigger so cars can move thru more quickly - open Sat and Sunday mornings.
  • Medicine Disposal - at many local police stations (not Warrenville), and HHW- Dump all the pills into a ziplock bag. - April 30 is Drug Take Back Day. There additional drop of locations on the DEA website

There's another category of "stuff". Not good for the resale shop, but too good for the landfill. These items are still made of natural resources (e.g. keys, small metal pieces, lawn chairs, books) or are things that someone might be able to use (pens, blank paper, crayons, games, puzzles, yarn, glue, craft supplies, books, file folders, tools, lawn furniture .....). Here are places to get rid of of stuff that's too good to throw away:

  • Warrenville Ace Hardware - Electronics Recycling box in back of store (small items, NO TV's) and CFL light bulbs
  • Warrenville Public Library: Books and DVD's (in good shape), eye glasses (including sunglasses) for Lions club
  • Bike Rodeo - May 15 - Recycle Bikes Here
  • SCARCE in Glen Ellyn has BookRescue, Tools for Schools and Super Crayons projects - Tools for Schools is for any supplies that a teacher might use in a classroom, including any and all books, paper, pens, pencils & crayons, game pieces or groups of other small things for kids to count / manipulate, anything that could be used for craft projects, any office supplies, buttons, sewing machines, sewing supplies and more. See  Tools for Schools List. Also Book Rescue takes all books. Books for kids are distributed to teachers, for classroom use, and SCARCE finds homes for other books, or recycles those that are in bad shape. All Crayons are used by the Super Crayons project.
  • SCARCE in Glen Ellyn Recycles odds and ends recyling - Keys, flags, records, small metal pieces, cell phones, lights & cords (all year), pens (broken or not), crayons (brokens or not)
  • Freecycle- Join the Warrenville Group - post what you want to give away - "one person's trash is another person's treasure" - You make arrangements for them to pick it up
  • Food Panty in Immanual Church - non-perishables that you won't use (that are still good) - open Tuesday mornings
  • People's Resource Center in Wheaton - food, clothes, computers (critial need for working computers), books
  • Sharing Connections - Furniture and Household Items - they will pickup
  • Good shopping bags - Resale shops including Discoveries (above)
  • Bubble Wrap & Peanuts - UPS and other packaging stores (call first)
  • Hangers - return to cleaners (call first)

Just Want to Recycle It? Find a Recycling Extravaganza!

What is a recycling extravaganza? An event, usually sponsored by a community or municipal group, where residents can bring unwanted "stuff" to be recycled. It's a "drive-thru" for recycling.

What can you recycle? Each event has its own list of items. Read the flyer for the event or go to their webpage to get the details. Typical items include:

  • Scrap Metal
  • Eye Glasses (Lyons Club usually collects and distributes)
  • Electronics (Look Carefully! Usually electronics are considered to be anything with a battery or cord, but each event has different requirements. Although old monitors and TVs are illegal to put in the landfill, many events cannot take them either).
  • Old Bikes
  • Garden Tools
  • Medical Equipment
  • Books
  • Pet Supplies
  • American Flags
  • Many More - check your event listings

Where to items go?  Some items go to commercial recyclers (e.g. scrap metal and electronics) , and others are collected by charities, whose mission includes getting the items to people in need (e.g. eye glasses, books, bikes, garden tools, books, medical equipment, pet supplies)

How does it work?  Stations are set up for each type of item.  As you drive thru the parking lot, volunteers unload items at each station. Some events you drive right thru, and some get very popular, so you might get into a traffic backup. It's  hard to predict. Volunteers are needed too.  If you see and event, and you'd like to volunteer, contact the coordinator, or one of the charities collecting items.

When to these events occur? Most events are on Saturday mornings in the Spring and Fall. There are also some communities that have ongoing drop-off locations.

Upcoming Events - Spring 2016

Annual Events

Ongoing Events

  • Wheaton: Second Saturday each month. 9-noon at the Public Works - small electronics, cooking oil, scrap metal and more (no TV's or hazardous waste).

Additional Resources

If you are looking for more information, check out these websites. It is illegal to put TV's into the landfill, it's difficult to find places to recycle them, and the information is always changing.

Declutter 40 bags in 40 daysOn Ash Wednesday, Joe Warrenville and others shared this website on facebook. Great idea! I'm going to try it.  Give Up Stuff, rather than Chocolate for Lent. There seemed to be interest (not as much as the massage parlor, but that's another story).

It sounds easy. Find a bag of unused stuff around the house each day, and get rid of it. Lots of clutter - should be a piece of cake. But if you're like me, there are 2 problems with getting this project in gear:

Don't Give Up Chocolate.... Give Up "Stuff"

Warrenville In Bloom - Planting Pride Would you like your yard and your neighborhood to look absolutely fabulous?

We've got a free seminar just for you. It features deas for Warrenville based on examples from other cities. Topics include:

  • yard landscaping
  • street appeal
  • neighborhood tidiness and unity
  • floral displays
  • environmental efforts
  • building community

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Speaker: Evelyn Alemanni is a long time America in Bloom National judge. She's evaluated 139 cities around the world, so she has the experience to know what works! She'll share her knowledge, giving us ideas on how to build a sense of pride and appreciation in where we live, and make a good impressions on visitors. She'll help us improve our homes and our neighborhoods.

What to do next? Mark your calendar. The event is free. No sign up needed.

Thursday, January 29
Warrenville Public Library
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Focus: Homes, Neighborhoods, Churches

Sponsor: Warrenville In Bloom This event is made possible by former Mayor Vivian Lund. She attended the National America in Bloom conference, where she won the bid on a silent auction item offering a day of consultation. Vivian is sharing her prize with the city.

Note: There is also a free seminar from 1-3 at the Warrenville Public Library. The focus of this is Ciry, Park, and Business initiatives.

Questions? call Dorothy Deer at 630-293-4920

Help us out .... Please help spread the word by sharing with your neighbor, homeowner's assocation, church. Link to this page on facebook, or print a flyer and post it.

Attachments:
Download this file (Beautiful-City-Seminars-Jan 29 2015.pdf)Beautiful-City-Seminars-Jan 29 2015.pdf[A Free Seminar on Jan 29,2015]

What is a recycling extravaganza? An event, usually sponsored by a community or municipal group, where residents can bring unwanted "stuff" to be recycled.

What can you recycle? Each event has its own list of items. Read the flyer for the event or go to the webpage to get the details. Typical items include:

  • Scrap Metal
  • Eye Glasses (Lyons Club usually collects and distributes)
  • Electronics (look carefully to see what this includes - old monitors and TVs are illegal to put in the landfill, and also getting harder to recycle.
  • Old Bikes
  • Garden Tools
  • Medical Equipment
  • Books
  • Many More - check your event listings

Fall Recycling Extravganzas

If you’re like me, there’s stuff cluttering your house. You’d like to get rid of, but it’s too good to throw away, and you don’t know what to do with it. So there it sits – making clutter. What is an eco-conscious person to do?

How to Give Stuff Away and Get Free Stuff

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