Defenders recycling drive shifts to McHenry

McHENRY – The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County will conduct a recycling collection from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the McHenry Metra station parking lot, 4005 Main St.

The drive accepts household batteries, car batteries, lithium and button batteries, 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 to offset the costs involved in processing them.

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 to $35. Those who become new Defenders members at the basic level or higher will receive two coupons to recycle a television or monitor for free.

There also are three free dropoff sites for electronics:  Algonquin Township Road District, 3702 Route 14, Crystal Lake, 847-639-2700; X6, Computer Recycling Center in Crystal Lake, 815-455-6300 (call for information); and Lakewood's electronics dropoff site on Haligus Road south of Ballard Road at the fire station,

At the McHenry collection, the Defenders will accept and pay for aluminum cans.  

Recycling drives are held on the second Saturday of each month, alternating between McHenry in odd-numbered months and Woodstock in even-numbered months.

For information about the recycling schedule and types of materials accepted at each location, visit or call 815-338-0393.