Park Ridge will hold recycling event, forest cleanup Oct. 15.

Residents of Park Ridge and many nearby communities will have two opportunities to aid in environmental sustainability Oct. 15 by recycling electronics in the morning and cleaning up local woodlands in the afternoon.

Park Ridge’s electronics recycling and document destruction event will run from 9 a.m. until noon at the city’s Public Works Service Center, 400 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, per a city announcement.

Park Ridge is a member community of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, which is running the event. Residents must live in a SWANCC community, including Niles, Skokie, Glenview, Morton Grove, Lincolnwood, Evanston and Wilmette, to participate, and must be able to present proof of residency, according to the city’s website.

Eligible residents can bring up to six file-sized boxes of clean, dry paper with any metal or plastic clips, sleeves and other attachments removed. They may also bring up to seven electronic devices to recycle, without their packaging and boxes.

Devices that will be accepted include cable receivers, cell phones, computer cables, computers and computer monitors, converter boxes, desktop fax machines and printers, keyboards, MP3 players and game consoles.

Batteries, cables, home appliances, lamps, microwaves, speakers, VHS tapes and CDs or DVDs will not be accepted, the announcement says.

The Forest and Woodland Clean-up begins at 1 p.m., according to an email from the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce.

The event, spearheaded by Go Green Park Ridge, will focus on removing litter from the Des Plaines Woods bike path and major roads.

Organizations such as schools or Scouts that wish to bring groups to participate in the event can get in touch with event coordinator Joseph Steinfels and state which area they would like to focus on and how many people they expect to bring.

Go Green Park Ridge said it has drawn more than 900 volunteers for its cleanups since beginning the program last year.


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