On Saturday, April 28, the Alexander Street parking lot will turn into a Recycling Extravaganza, a place to bring a variety of items that will be recycled, reused and kept out of landfills.
Acceptable items include electronics of all kinds, building supplies, clothing, bicycles, carpeting, home goods and much more.
Several nonprofit social service and green-focused organizations will be at the Extravaganza to accept a variety of items. The Elmhurst Police Department also will be there, to collect unwanted or expired prescription drugs, keeping medications out of the water supply. Paper shredding also will be available (two box limit, paper only).
Due to the rising cost of recycling televisions and computer monitors, the electronics recycler will charge a fee for only those items. For all CRT, flat-screen, projection TVs and all computer monitors, a fee of $25 will be charged for each item with a screen size smaller than 21 inches; and $35 for each item with a screen size of 21 inches and larger.
As a result of the annual Recycling Extravaganza, hundreds of tons of electronics, tens of thousands of pounds of carpeting, scrap metal and books, hundreds of bicycles, and truckloads of clothing and other unwanted items have been diverted from landfills. In addition, the donations benefit many nonprofit service organizations and ultimately help scores of individuals and families. The Elmhurst College Recycling Extravaganza is held in partnership with the City of Elmhurst, DuPage County and the environmental education group SCARCE.
The Recycling Extravaganza will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 28, in the Alexander Street parking lot. To facilitate traffic flow, vehicles must enter at Prospect Avenue and Walter Street. The event is open to the public and is free, except for the fee on TVs and computer monitors.