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Defenders host Woodstock recycling drive April 12

Published: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 12:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 12:19 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK - The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County (EDMC) will again conduct a recycling drive April 12th from 9a.m. until noon, at the Farm Bureau building, 1102 McConnell Road in 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 & Cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs, packing peanuts and re-usable, 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 will be providing a truck at each EDMC drive to accept any kind of cloth items—clothing, linens, or just plain rags, clean and bagged. They will also 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 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, 847-639-2700 X6, 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 Rd. 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 be paying 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, or find them on FaceBook at 

For more information, visit or call 815-338-0393.

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