On Saturday, March 12, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County will conduct their monthly recycling collection for fluorescent tubes, foam packaging and batteries from 9 a.m. until noon at the Metra Station parking lot, 4005 Main St., McHenry. They continue to collect certain items which would be harmful to the environment if put in a landfill, and which are not taken by curbside programs.
The Defenders' Recycling Drive accepts rechargeable batteries, car batteries, lithium and button batteries. No alkaline batteries can be accepted at this time. The Defenders also collect fluorescent tubes, clean white styrofoam, packing peanuts and reusable, unpopped bubble wrap. A donation is requested for fluorescent bulbs and batteries that are brought in to offset the costs involved in processing these items. Electronics such as computers, phones, printers, and electronic toys, are accepted. TVs and computer monitors will be accepted for a donation. At the McHenry collection, the Defenders also accept and pay for aluminum cans.
The Defenders hold a recycling drive on the second Saturday of each month, alternating between McHenry in odd-numbered months and Woodstock in even-numbered months. Area residents can drive up and drop off their recyclables with Defenders' volunteers, who help to unload and sort the materials. For more information about the recycling schedule and the types of materials accepted at each location, visit the Defenders' website at mcdef.org or call (815) 338-0393.