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Defenders host recycling drive Saturday in McHenry

Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 1:53 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, May 5, 2014 5:23 p.m. CDT

McHENRY – The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County on Saturday will conduct a recycling collection for fluorescent tubes, Styrofoam, electronics and batteries from 9 a.m. to noon at the Metra station parking lot, 4005 Main St., McHenry.

The group continues to collect certain items which are not usually accepted by curbside programs, 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.)  

There are alternate 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.

Styrofoam can be dropped off any time at the Lakewood Village Hall or the Lakewood Public Works building on Haligus Road.

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.

You can donate aluminum cans at all recycling drives, but the Defenders will no longer be paying for them. The donation will help fund educational and advocacy programs.

Defenders recycling drives are held monthly on the second Saturday, 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 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

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 information, visit or call 815-338-0393.

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