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Recycling Events and Extravaganzas

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to get rid of old stuff. Many communities host events to reuse or recycle those old items.

Here's how it works:
Recycling Event Sign- Find out what is being collected at the next upcoming Recycling Extravaganza
-Pack up your car, and drive to the location - usually a big parking lot.
- As you drive thru the parking lot, volunteers help you unload your unwanted items at different stations.
- The items are donated to charity, if possible, or properly recycled, otherwise.
Ongoing and upcoming events are listed below or in the calendar to the right. Usually these events are in the spring and fall. Unless otherwise noted, all events should be open to the public.

For each event, be sure to check the list of items accepted -- each community decides what to collect. If books are collected, its usually a book exchange; bring books you don't want and you can take books that have been donated by others. Result: Reuse before Recycle!

Pumpkin Collection Results - 2015 Print E-mail

The results from the 2015 Pumpkin Collection are trickling in and they are astonishing!  With 12 collections just in DuPage County alone, we kept thousands of pumpkins out of landfills and sent tons of mass back into Illinois soil!  

Pumpkins were collected in the towns of Addison, Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Itasca, Lisle, Naperville, Villa Park, Westmont and Wheaton! Get the results:

Pumpkin Recycling 2015 Print E-mail

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In 2014, Wheaton, Elmhurst and SCARCE hosted the first pumpkin recycling collections in DuPage County! This collection was a huge success and composted 9.31 tons of pumpkins. 

Download this file (Addison_Pumpkin_Pitch.pdf)Addison Pumpkin Pitch[ ]
Download this file ( Trick-or-Treater Handouts[editable publisher file. download and update with your location's date & info]
Download this file ( Half Page Flier[editable publisher file. download and update with your location's info]
Download this file (Sample_Pumpkin_Composting_Flyer_2015.doc)Sample Pumpkin Collection Flier - English[ ]
Download this file (Sample_Pumpkin_Composting_Flyer_2015_-_Spanish.doc)Sample Pumpkin Collection Flier - Spanish[ ]
Download this file (Updated_2015_Guide__no_permit.pdf)Pumpkin Collection Event Guide[How to host an event and sample fliers in English and Spanish]
Cooking Oil Clogs the Sewers - Recycle It Into Biodiesel Print E-mail

Keep Cooking Fats, Oils, and Grease Out of Your Sink

Cease-The-Grease-VideoEven if hot water is running and the grease is liquid when it goes down the drain, cooking oils and fats solidify as soon as they reach cold pipes. Cities and homeowners spend thousands of dollars on resulting sewer clogs. It's illegal to put liquids into the garbage, and used cooking oil can be recycled into bio-fuel!  Instead of dumping it down the drain, put your cooking oil, no matter how small the amount, into a container, and store until there is a cooking oil recycling event.  

Cooking Oil Recycling

3rd Annual Cooking Oil Collection
Saturday, November 28, 2015 9am-12pm
Thanksgiving Weekend

Click Read More to learn more about why this is important,and find participating collection sites and permanent locations.

Recycling Extravaganzas & Electronics Collections Print E-mail

These are drive through recycling/reuse events.  NO hazardous waste, paint, refrigerators, or smoke detectors.   Air conditioners and dehumidifiers ONLY where specifically listed.

Recycle Old Fridge & Freezer Print E-mail

Recycle your Old Fridge or Freezer for FREE and Earn Money!

ComEd offers a $35 rebate for recycling your old working fridge or freezer.  Make an appointment for ComEd to pick up your fridge or freezer for free and receive your rebate.  Schedule today at or call 888-806-2273. 

This program is part of ComEd's Smart Ideas® energy efficiency programs.  Since the program launched two years ago, they have helped residents save the amount of energy required to power about 75,000 homes for one year.  The numbers have exceeded goals set by ComEd in June of 2008!

Willowbrook Wildlife Center Wish List Print E-mail

Willowbrook Wildlife Center is a rehabilitation and education center, owned and operated by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.  They have a extensive list of items that are needed year round to care for native and passing migrant wildlife in DuPage County.

Next time you're hosting a party, ask guests to bring an item from the wish list in lieu of a hostess gift. 


Check out what is needed on their Wish List.

Holiday Light Recycling! Print E-mail

Holiday Light Reycling

 Thank you to Elgin Recycling for working with us again this year!

elgin-recycling-logoLights accepted include:  Italian mini-lights, traditional lights, extension cords, rope lights, LED lights.  Lights can be in working or non working condition, from any holiday!



Ongoing collection at SCARCE offices, 799 Roosevelt Rd., Building 2 (9am-4:30pm)

Towns signed up for the 2015-2016 season include:

  • Addison Park District
  • Bartlett
  • Carol Stream
  • Darien
  • Downers Grove
  • Elmhurst City
  • Elmhurst Park District
  • York High School - Elmhurst
  • Glen Ellyn
  • Glen Ellyn Park District
  • Itasca
  • Lisle
  • Lombard
  • Lombard Park District
  • Naperville
  • St. Margaret Mary - Naperville
  • Roselle
  • West Chicago
  • Westmont
  • First Presbyterian Church - Wheaton
  • Wheaton
  • Winfield
  • Lisle Park District
  • Oakbrook Public Library
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