College to Host Recycling Extravaganza—Without Electronics—on April 13

March 1, 2019 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications
Elmhurst College Recycling Extravaganza participants pose with used bikes donated during last year's event.

Elmhurst College Recycling Extravaganza participants pose with used bikes donated during last year’s event. This year’s Extravaganza is set for April 13, 2019.

On Saturday, April 13, Elmhurst College will host its annual Recycling Extravaganza, a place to bring a variety of items that can be recycled, reused and kept out of landfills.

Because the City of Elmhurst now offers quarterly electronics recycling, the College event will not collect electronics this year. Alternate sites that will collect electronics, including an event on April 13 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elmhurst, are listed below.

Also new this year: To ease traffic flow, the main entrance to the Recycling Extravaganza has been relocated to Park Avenue and the entrance to the Mill Theatre parking lot.

By bringing your items to the Elmhurst College Recycling Extravaganza, you’ll help to keep thousands of pounds of unwanted items out of landfills and waterways. In addition, your donations of gently used items will benefit many nonprofit service organizations and ultimately will help scores of individuals and families.

Several nonprofit social service and green-focused organizations will be at the Recycling Extravaganza to collect building supplies, clothing, bicycles, home goods and much more. Paper shredding also will be available. The list of organizations includes:

  • Shred First: Paper shredding
  • Working Bikes: Adult and kids’ bicycles in repairable or working condition
  • Lions Club: Eyeglasses, hearing aids and ink cartridges
  • Goodwill: Clothing and home goods
  • SCARCE: Books, records, musical instruments and craft supplies
  • Habitat for Humanity: Building supplies, materials and tools
  • Soccer Gear for Zambia: Soccer equipment and uniforms
  • Elmhurst Police Department: Unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs

View the complete list of items that will and won’t be collected.

What to Know

The Recycling Extravaganza will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 13, in the Faganel Hall and Alexander Street parking lots at Elmhurst College. For more information, visit the College sustainability page or email

To keep traffic moving smoothly throughout the event, participants are asked to categorize and sort their items before attending. Besides electronics, items that will not be accepted include batteries (any type), hazardous chemicals, carpeting, scrap metal and fluorescent lighting.

Local Electronics Recycling Options

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church will host an electronics recycling event on Saturday, April 13, from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the church, 142 E. 3rd St., in Elmhurst.
  • The City of Elmhurst will host an electronics recycling event on Saturday, April 27, from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Elmhurst Public Works Facility, 985 S. Riverside Drive.
  • Other electronics recycling options in DuPage County can be found on the county’s website.

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