Thursday, September 12, 2013
Is that old computer now serving as a doorstop? Do you have a drawer full of old cell phones? How about that VCR that hasn’t seen a tape in the last five years?
You can recycle these and many other items at two Recycling Days sponsored by Senator Matt Murphy, in September. The first will be on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon in Palatine and the second will be the following Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon in Arlington Heights.
The Sept. 14 event will be at the Bank of Palatine parking lot 1 E. Northwest Highway, Palatine, while the second event on Sept. 21, will be at Recreation Park, 500 E. Miner Street in Arlington Heights.
Most electronics may be recycled, including televisions, monitors, computers, VCRs, radios, tape players, fax machines and telephones. Automobile batteries can also be recycled.
A partial list of Items that cannot be accepted includes anything containing mercury, light bulbs, hazardous materials, paint, household batteries, liquid or chemical waste, fuel, oil, paper, cloth and any monitor or television with a cracked or broken screen.
Also participating in the event will be several charitable organizations accepting household and personal items for reuse. Habitat for Humanity is seeking gently used household items, such as books, glassware, kitchen utensils, cookware and sheets and towels. They are also looking for cabinets, household fixtures, lumber, hardware and other items suitable for new construction or house renovations. W.I.N.G.S. shelter and Shelter Inc., are also seeking new and gently used household items and clothing.
Working Bikes is seeking bicycles, wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and sewing machines. The Arlington Heights and Palatine Lions Clubs accept used eyeglasses,hearing aids and keys. The Arlington Heights Lions also accepts soft drink pop tops. The Palatine American Legion accepts old flags for proper disposal and is also seeking working cell phones that can be donated to soldiers.
Vendors currently scheduled to attend at each location includes:
Palatine, Sept. 14:
Elgin Recylcing, Habitat for Humanity, Palatine Lions Club, W.I.N.G.S. shelter, Working Bikes, Shelter Inc., and Palatine American Legion Post 690.
Arlington Heights, Sept. 21:
Elgin Recycling, Working Bikes, Shelter Inc., Habitat for Humanity and Arlington Heights Lions Club.