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Recycle electronics and more at Community Recycling Day

Do you have electronics, Styrofoam, prescription drugs, or other tricky-to-recycle items stockpiled in your house? Celebrate your dedication to the environment by recycling them with the Village of Oswego, for Oswego Community Recycling Day on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to noon.  

 

Recycling Options

Spring clean your garage, basement, and even your junk drawer and give new life to the things cluttering your home. The Village of Oswego has coordinated with partners throughout the community, including Groot, Fox Metro, the Lions Club and Oswego Presbyterian, to accept the following items for reuse, repurposing, recycling, or safe disposal:

  • Electronics - including televisions at no additional charge, monitors, printers, computers, keyboards & mice, fax machines, videocassette recorders, portable music players, video game consoles, small scale servers, scanners, digital converter boxes, cable receivers, satellite receivers and digital video disc recorders 
  • Prescription drugs, excluding EpiPens
  • Eye glasses
  • Keys
  • Cell phones
  • Hearing aids
  • Ink cartridges
  • Christmas lights
  • Extension cords
  • Styrofoam (polystyrene #6)

 

Electronics recycling is open to Oswego residents only. You must present identification that proves your Oswego address, such as a current driver’s license, to drop off electronics at this event.

 

For Styrofoam collection, please bag your Styrofoam into two separate bags, one for foam cups and food service containers, and second bag for packaging foam. Please rinse food containers and remove labels, tape and other packaging materials from your packaging foam. Styrofoam must be #6 type to be collected. Check the imprint on the container.

 

Pick Up Your Rain Barrels

The Village of Oswego, in partnership with The Conservation Foundation, is also selling rain barrels at about half their retail price for Village residents, which can be picked up at the Community Recycling Day event.

 

Rain barrels are large containers that capture storm water from your roof that would otherwise be lost as runoff. The water can be used to water gardens and lawns, saving precious water supplies and reducing your water bill. Free of minerals, rain water is often better for outdoor plants than tap water.

Rain barrels are available for $55 to $60 depending on color. To pick up your rain barrel for free at the Community Recycling Day event, order by Friday, April 5, directly from Upcycle Products at www.upcycle-products.com/oswegoil.html. Residents may also have barrels delivered to their homes any time for an additional $5.

 

Go fly a kite!

The Oswegoland Park District will also be celebrating Earth Day – and National Kite Month! – with an Earth Day Kite Fly on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Prairie Point Community Park. After dropping off your recyclables, head over to Prairie Point. Bring your own kite or kick back and watch the pros at this free event. Details are at www.oswegolandparkdistrict.org/event/earth-day-kite-fly/.

 

More information

Community Recycling Day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, April 13, at the Oswego Public Works facility, 100 Theodore Drive, Oswego. Enter from Plank Drive and be prepared to show ID, then follow volunteers’ instructions to drop-off and pick-up stations.

Volunteers are needed. For more information about this event, including volunteering, or other opportunities to get involved with sustainability in Oswego, contact Community Engagement Coordinator Julie Hoffman at 630-551-2344 or jhoffman@oswegoil.org.

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