Community Recycling Event

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The Waukegan Park District is partnering with the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) and the City of Waukegan to host a Community Recycling Event on Saturday, October 8, 2022, from 10am to 1pm at the Park Maintenance Facility, located at 2211 Ernie Krueger Circle.

Collected items will be reused, recycled, or donated. The following items will be accepted, with some exceptions:

  • Clothing and Textiles: New, Gently Used or Worn (all sizes, fabrics, types). Your donations of new and gently used will be reused & allow us to recycle worn items received. Includes pet clothing. Bring Bagged. No rugs, pillows, cushions, or fabric scraps will be accepted. A complete list is available here, Clothing & Textile Collection Program | Lake County SWALCO, IL.
    • Items will be recycled through SWALCO’s Clothing and Textile Program.
  • Batteries: Household batteries only. No broken or damaged batteries. (including alkaline, cellphone and rechargeable batteries.)
    • Items will be recycled through Circa Solutions.
  • Belts, Scarves, Hats, Purses, Duffle Bags, & Backpacks
    • Items will be recycled through SWALCO Solutions.
  • Bicycles Recycling
    • Items will be donated to Catholic Charities.
  • Books: New or gently used books.
    • Items will be donated to Waukegan Public Library.
  • Bulbs: (including florescent bulbs/tubes, LED & CFL)
    • Items will be recycled with Goodman Electric.
  • Bed & Table Linens, and Towels (including sheets, comforters, quilts, blankets, tablecloths, etc.)
    • Items will be recycled through SWALCO’s Clothing and Textile Program.
  • Canned Goods: Accepting non-expired sealed canned goods.
    • Items will be donated to COOL Food Pantry.
  • CD/DVD: Clean disc.
    • Items will be donated to GreenDisk.
  • Confidential Document Shredding: A limit of four (4) copy and print paper-sized boxes per vehicle.
    • Services provided by PaperTiger.
  • Diapers and Wipes: Accepting new diaper and wipes packages.
    • Will be donated to Keeping Families Together.
  • Electronics: Not all electronics will be accepted. A complete list is available here.
    • Items will be recycled with the City of Waukegan – Public Works.
  • Eyeglasses, Hearing Aids, and Keys
    • Items will be donated to the Lions Club.
  • Musical Instruments: No guitars, drums, or keyboards will be accepted.
    • Items will be donated to the Jack Benny Center of the Arts.
  • Paint: Accepting latex and oil base. Bring each type of paint in separate containers and do not consolidate the paint.
    • Items will be donated to Earth Paint to benefit their program.
  • Plastic Film: All plastic must be clean, dry and free of food residue. (including grocery bags, bread bags, bubble wrap, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, ice bags, plastic shipping envelopes, Ziploc & other reclosable food storage bags, cereal bags, bottled drink case overwrap, salt bags, pallet wrap & stretch film, wood pellet bags, & produce bags).
  • Shoes: All types of footwear will be accepted. Please tie pairs together w/laces; if no laces, rubber band or zip-tie. No moldy, wet, or sole-less shoes will be accepted. No rollerblades or ice skates will be accepted.
    • Items will be recycled through SWALCO’s RE-USE A SHOE Program.
  • Sporting Equipment: In good, working condition, under 25 lbs and clean. (including bats, baseball gloves, basketballs & other balls, racquets, golf clubs, handheld weights, skates & skateboards, bocce & croquet sets, bike helmets.) No broken, heavy/bulky items, skis, exercise machines, etc.
  • Stuffed and Plush Animals 
    • Items will be recycled through SWALCO’s Clothing and Textile Program.

The 2022 Community Recycling Event will be contact-free. Individuals must stay in their vehicles and have all items marked in bags in the trunk of their vehicle where staff will be able to collect the items.

The Waukegan Park District is committed to being an environmental leader in the community with sound environmental policies, practices, and educational opportunities. In 2004, the Waukegan Park District Board of Commissioners adopted a policy to incorporate principles, practices, and procedures focusing on maintaining and improving the quality of the environment.

For more information, contact Lali Salinas at lsalinas@waukeganparks.org or (847) 360-4725 or Merleanne Rampale at 847-377-4954.

 

Can’t make it to our Community Recycling Event?

Take advantage of these other recycling opportunities:

  • SHOES (year-round) – Two sites at the Waukegan Park District (Field House and Park Maintenance Facility). Field House drop-off is available during business hours and Park Maintenance Facility may be done any time in the textile bin.
  • TEXTILES (year-round)– There is a bin is located outside of the Waukegan Park District’s Park Maintenance Facility. Drop off can be made at any time.
  • FILM RECYCLING – 6 month challenge starting October 1, 2022. Drop off items at the Field House or the Jack Benny Center during our challenge.

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