The Village of Downers Grove and the Downers Grove Park District will host a Recycling Extravaganza on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Village of Downers Grove Public Works Facility, 5101 Walnut Avenue. This event is open to residents of DuPage County and does not include businesses or not-for-profit organizations.
Vehicles must enter the Recycling Extravaganza site from Curtiss Street, via northbound Walnut Avenue or Belmont Road. Access from eastbound Curtiss Street and southbound Walnut Avenue will be restricted. Volunteers will direct traffic in the lot and assist customers dropping off their donations.
NOTE: Vehicles must be in line by 1:00 p.m to be served. Vehicles arriving after 1:00 p.m. will be turned away.
Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the Recycling Extravaganza, especially for the following reasons:
- As of January 1, 2012: TVs, computers (and laptops), monitors, printers, computer peripherals, VCRs/DVD players, gaming systems, MP3 players and other electronic items will be banned from Illinois landfills.
- The current contract with Republic Services that went into effect on April 1, 2011, includes one Amnesty Day, which will occur on the week of September 30, 2013.
|David Rauch, Management Intern||(630) 434-6811|
Carpet and padding: Any size is acceptable but it must be dry. Wool carpeting is NOT accepted.
PAPER SHREDDING: Limit of 2 brown paper grocery bags per vehicle. Paper will be collected and shredded off-site by a certified National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) document destruction company.
- Lead acid batteries: automotive-size battery cores – car, boat, truck, motorcycle, computer, sump pump
- Rechargable Household Batteries, only. Alkaline batteries will not be accepted.
- Electronics: Large and small electronics, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, cameras, computers, laptops, copiers, cords, discs, electric typewriters, fax/adding machines, hard drives, key boards, mice, monitors, PDAs, printers, scanners, small kitchen appliances, radios, speakers, stereos, telephones, zip drives, hair dryers, and more.
- Cell phones and accessories
- Textiles and gently-used clothing
- Propane tanks
- Scrap Metal
- Bicycles, in any condition
- Ink cartridges
New and gently used building materials, tools, and appliances
Furniture, in useable condition: dressers, tables, chairs, dishes and silverware.
- Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs, only.
- Eye Glasses
- Hearing Aids
- American Flags
Items NOT Accepted
- Alkaline batteries
- Refrigerators and large household appliances
- Air conditioners and dehumidifiers
- Smoke alarms
- Incandescent light bulbs and fluorescent tubes
- Paint of any kind
- Household hazardous waste such as cleaning agents, chemicals
Volunteers are needed to ensure all aspects of the Recycling Extravaganza run smoothly. Morning and afternoon shifts are available. Activities include directing vehicles through the parking lot and sorting the goods received.
If you or your organization is interested in volunteering your time or other resources for this event, contact David Rauch at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 434-6811.
This Year's Participating Organizations
- SCARCE of Glen Ellyn, Illinois
- Creative Recycling
- Interstate Batteries
- Century Post 503 VFW of Downers Grove, Illinois
- Goodwill of Downers Grove, Illinois
- Cutting Edge of Lombard, Illinois
- ACME Refining
- Amerigas Propane tanks
- Working Bikes of Chicago, Illinois
- Dupage Habitat for Humanity Addison, Illinois
- Go Green Carpet Recycling, Chicago Inc.
- Sharing Connections of Downers Grove
- Kinko Ace Hardware of Downers Grove
- Cintas of Aurora
- Lions Club
- Community School District 99 Downers Grove
THANK YOU to Our 2013 Sponsors
- Ingram's Busy Bee Bakery, 5126 Main St., Downers Grove
- Skuddlebutts, 440 Ogden Ave., Downers Grove
- Celebrity Sandwiches, 5105 Belmont Rd., Downers Grove
- Jimmy John's, 2321 Ogden Ave., Downers Grove
- Caribou Coffee, 5100 Main St., Downers Grove
- The Great American Bagel, 353 W Ogden Ave, Westmont
- Dunkin Donuts, 1931 Ogden Ave, Downers Grove
- Shop & Save, 7241 Lemont Rd Downers Grove
- Ultra Foods, 1212 75th St Downers Grove
- Angleo's Pizza, 1001 Curtiss St Downers Grove
Additional Recycling Information
Visit the Household Hazardous Waste/Electronics page for additional information on other recycling programs.