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Defenders to host McHenry recycling drive on March 14

McHENRY - The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County will conduct a recycling collection for fluorescent tubes, Styrofoam, electronics, and batteries from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, March 14, at the Metra Station parking lot, 4005 Main Street.

The Defenders continue to collect certain items that are not usually accepted by curbside programs that 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, organizers said.

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.)

There are alternate drop off sites for electronics:  Algonquin Township Road District in Crystal Lake, 847-639-2700, ext. 6, Computer Recycling Center in Crystal Lake (computers only), 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 clean and bagged cloth items — clothing, linens, or just plain rags. They will also accept shoes, tied together by their laces and placed in the bag. 

Residents can donate aluminum cans at all recycling drives to help fund their 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 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 http://mcdef.org/recycling, or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EnvironmentalDefenders

For more information, visit www.mcdef.org or call 815-338-0393, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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