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posted: 1/8/2014 2:16 PM

Recycle your environmentally unfriendly goods to Defenders of McHenry County

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Submitted by Environmental Defenders of McHenry County

On Saturday, Jan. 11, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County will conduct a recycling collection for fluorescent tubes, Styrofoam, electronics and batteries from 9 a.m. until noon at the Metra Station parking lot, 4005 Main St., in McHenry. They continue to collect certain items that are not usually accepted by curbside programs and that would be harmful to the environment if put in a landfill.

The Defenders' Recycling Drive accepts household batteries, car batteries, lithium and button batteries. The Defenders also collect fluorescent tubes, clean Styrofoam, VHS and cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs, 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, clean microwaves and electronic toys, are accepted. TVs and computer monitors will be accepted for a donation of $10-$35. 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 free.

There are also three free drop-off sites for electronics: Algonquin Township Road District 3702 Route 14, Crystal Lake, (847) 639-2700, ext. 6; and Computer Recycling Center in Crystal Lake, (815) 455-6300; and Lakewood's electronics drop-off site on Haligus Road south of Ballard Road, at the fire station.

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. People may 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 types of materials accepted at each location or to access the Green Guide recycling directory, which is put out annually by the Lou Marchi Total Recycling Institute at MCC, visit, call (815) 338-0393, or find them on Facebook.

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the environment. The group provides the community with educational programs and volunteer action on pollution prevention, sustainable land use, and energy and natural resource conservation. Donations are encouraged and are tax-deductible as charitable contributions. For more information, visit or call (815) 338-0393.