The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County will again conduct a recycling drive from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Farm Bureau building, 1102 McConnell Road, Woodstock. The Defenders work to collect and recycle materials not collected in curbside recycling and which would be harmful to the environment if put in a landfill. It costs them to recycle these unusual items and, therefore, donations of any size would be appreciated from all who bring materials to the drive.
The Defenders' will take household batteries, car batteries, fluorescent tubes, clean Styrofoam, VHS and cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs, packing peanuts and reusable, unpopped Bubble Wrap. Electronics, such as computers, televisions, 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 EDMC at the recycling drive, at the Basic or higher level, and get two coupons to recycle a television or monitor for free.
USAgain Clothes Collection System, usagain.com, will provide a truck at each EDMC drive to accept any kind of cloth items -- clothing, linens or just plain rags, clean and bagged. They also will accept shoes, tied together by their laces and placed in the bag.
There are free drop off sites for electronics: Algonquin Township Road District. 3702 Route 14, Crystal Lake, (847) 639-2700, Ext. 6; Computer Recycling Center in Crystal Lake, (815) 455-6300, call for information; and Lakewood's electronics drop-off site at 6570 Haligus Road, south of Ballard Road. Also, Styrofoam can be dropped off any time at the Lakewood village hall or the Lakewood Public Works building on Haligus Road.
You can donate aluminum cans at all recycling drives, but the Defenders will no longer pay for them. The donation will help fund our educational and advocacy programs.
Defenders recycling drives are held on the second Saturday of each month, alternating between McHenry in odd-numbered months and Woodstock in even-numbered months. Area residents 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, or to access the Green Guide recycling directory which is put out annually by the Lou Marchi Total Recycling Institute at MCC, visit the Defenders' website at mcdef.org/recycling_information.htm, or find them on FaceBook at https://facebook.com/EnvironmentalDefenders.
The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit 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 mcdef.org or call (815) 338-0393.