Annual electronics recycling event at ETHS

The City of Evanston hosts its annual “Evanston Recycles” event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave.

The “drive up, drop off” event lets residents recycle and donate a variety of items and securely shred documents.

This year, due to COVID-19, the City will be collecting only electronic waste, documents for shredding and medication. No other items will be accepted.

To participate, enter the drop-off line on Church Street west of Dodge Avenue and follow the signs to the drop-off area. Participants are asked to not line up before 8 a.m.

Health and Safety Restrictions

To ensure the health and safety of participants and staff, all participants must stay inside their car and unlock their trunk from inside their vehicle to allow city staff to unload the items.

All material for recycling should be placed in the back seat or trunk of participants’ vehicles. Mask are encouraged but not required. Residents who are sick should not participate in the event.

Electronics Recycling

The following electronic materials will be accepted:

  • Cell phones
  • Computers (PCs and laptops)
  • Computer monitors
  • DVR/Cable boxes
  • DVD and VHS players
  • Fax machines
  • Mice and keyboards
  • MP3 players and PDAs
  • Printers and scanners
  • TVs
  • Video game consoles

Document Shredding and Recycling

Residents can bring up to five banker’s boxes of paper documents to be shredded on site. Documents should be placed in a box or brown paper bag and large metal clips and binders should be removed ahead of time. Staples and paper clips are acceptable. Document shredding is not available for businesses.

Medications Disposal

Residentially generated, unused prescription medication and expired over-the-counter drugs will be accepted for disposal.  Medications considered  to be a controlled substance will also be accepted.  Participants are asked to follow these guidelines for medication disposal:

  • Medicines must be in labeled containers; no loose pills
  • No needles or syringes (used or new)
  • Multiple medicine bottles should be transported in a clear re-sealable storage bag

The “Evanston Recycles” event is supported by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County.

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