The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Downers Grove Public Works Facility, 5101 Walnut Ave. The event is free and open to residents of DuPage County, but does not include businesses or not-for-profit organizations.Vehicles must enter the Recycling Extravaganza site from Curtiss Street, via northbound Walnut Avenue or Belmont Road. Access from eastbound Curtiss Street and southbound Walnut Avenue will be restricted. Volunteers will direct traffic in the lot and assist customers dropping off their donations.Vehicles must be in line by 1 p.m to be served. Those who arrive after 1 p.m. will be turned away.
As of Jan. 1, 2012, TVs, computers (and laptops), monitors, printers, computer peripherals, VCRs/DVD players, gaming systems, MP3 players and other electronic items are banned from Illinois landfills.
- Carpet and padding: Any size is acceptable but it must be dry. Wool carpeting is not accepted.
- Paper shredding: Limit of two brown paper grocery bags per vehicle. Paper will be collected and shredded off-site by a certified National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) document destruction company.
- Lead acid batteries: Automotive-size battery cores—car, boat, truck, motorcycle, computer, sump pump.
- Rechargable household batteries only. Alkaline batteries will not be accepted.
- Electronics: Large and small electronics, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, cameras, computers, laptops, copiers, cords, discs, electric typewriters, fax/adding machines, hard drives, key boards, mice, monitors, PDAs, printers, scanners, small kitchen appliances, radios, speakers, stereos, telephones, zip drives, hair dryers, and more.
- Cell phones and accessories
- Textiles and gently-used clothing
- Propane tanks
- Scrap metal
- Bicycles, in any condition
- Ink cartridges
- New and gently used building materials, tools, and appliances
- Furniture, in useable condition: dressers, tables, chairs, dishes and silverware
- Musical instruments
- Art supplies
- Fire extinguishers
- Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs, only.
- Eye glasses
- Hearing aids
- American flags
- Alkaline batteries
- Refrigerators and large household appliances
- Air conditioners and dehumidifiers
- Smoke alarms
- Incandescent light bulbs and fluorescent tubes
- Paint of any kind
- Household hazardous waste such as cleaning agents, chemicals
Also this week:
Food Drive: Downers Grove Family Health and Wellness Clinic, 1323 Butterfield Road, will host an open house and food drive from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to benefit the Downers Grove Area FISH Food Pantry.
Football Games: Downers Grove North (2-2) will play at Lyons at 7:30 p.m. Friday. South High (2-2) will play at Leyden at 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Downers Grove Market: The Downtown Downers Grove Market is held every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., through Oct. 19. The market, located in the Main Street Metra Station's south parking lot, features a variety of produce, fresh bread and pastries, coffees and other specialty foods. For more information, visit www.ymcachicago.org/indianboundary.
Chilympics Chili Cook-off: The Downers Grove Park District will hold its "Chilympics Chili Cook-off" on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Fishel Park, 1036 Grove St. The cook-off is sanctioned by the International Chili Society (ICS), so the winner will advance to the World Finals in California next month to compete for the grand prize. The contest is open to all ages. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners. There will also be a People's Choice competition at 2 p.m., which is open for public tasting. The cost for People's Choice is $5 for three tastings
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