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posted: 11/5/2012 3:09 PM

Kane County to host recycling event in St. Charles

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Submitted by Kane County Division of Environmental Resources

Kane County will host a free residential recycling and document shredding event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in celebration of America Recycles Day, at 540 S Randall Road in St. Charles.

The county will collect for reuse or recycling:

Electronics, everything with a plug on it, except no large "white goods" like fridges or washing machines

Scrap metal and holiday light-strings, collected at the electronics recycling area

Books, any age or condition, hard cover or paperback

Clean textiles and shoes, used clothes, linens, towels, hats, purses, belts, paired shoes and stuffed animals. All wearable items go to developing countries to those in need of affordable clothing items. Non-wearable items, stained or torn, are graded and recycled into wiping cloths or for fiber content.

Bikes, bike parts, helmets, bike baskets, crutches, wheelchairs, sewing machines

Polystyrene Foam #6, plates, cups, clamshell containers, block Styrofoam -- no peanuts or Bubble Wrap

Dictionaries, yarn, musical instruments, new or gently used school and office supplies.

Confidential Document Destruction: We will have a free document shredding service truck on site for residential use, no businesses. Bring up to four or five boxes of sensitive documents containing confidential information. Do not bring periodicals, or other paper that does not need to be shredded and can go in your household recycling bin. All paper collected will be shredded on site and then taken for recycling.

Latex Paint: Latex paint is nontoxic but difficult to dispose of; you have to dry it out before placing it in your landfill trash, but it can be easily recycled; why not pass it on for reuse. Earth Paint Collection Systems will be collecting latex paint. They will not take oil-based paints. Latex paint will be the only item that has a recycling fee per container, $1.50 for a quart, $2.50 for a gallon, $3.50 for a two gallon, $8 for a five gallon, payable by the resident by cash or check.

What will not be collected: Oil paint or other household hazardous waste will not be accepted at this event; tires and motor oil will not be accepted at this event; anything that is not on the list above will not be accepted. No landfill garbage please.

Kane County continues to hold its Monthly Electronics and Book Recycling Collection Events at this location on the second Saturday of every month. Contact Jennifer Jarland, Kane County's Recycling Program Coordinator at or call (630) 208-3841 with any questions.