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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 Recycling Print E-mail

Wheaton, Elmhurst and SCARCE hosted the first pumpkin recycling collections in DuPage County!    All pumpkins were composted in Illinois! 


Pumpkin facts:

  • Did you know...Illinois is the number one producer (grower) of pumpkins in the entire country?
  • Did you know...pumpkins contain amazing nutrients?
  • Did you know...pumpkins are filled with water?
  • Did you know...composting pumpkins returns nutrients and mass back to our soil?










Recycle your Cooking Oil 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. Learn more in this video from the Texas "Cease the Grease" program.

Cooking Oil Recycling in Glendale Heights

Permanent Collection Sites:
City of Wheaton
Public Works Yard (south side of 821 W Liberty)
2nd Saturday of each month from 9am - noon


Wheaton Sanitary District
1S640 Shaffner, Wheaton
Every Saturday, 10am - noon
Glenbard Wastewater Authority
21W551 Bemis Rd
Glen Ellyn
Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 3pm

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Winfield Township Vegetable Oil Collection (see attached flyers below)
Winfield Township Road District
30W575 Roosevelt Rd
Mondays (excluding holidays) 7am - 11am
Third Saturday of each month 7am - 11am
Saturday, November 29 (after Thanksgiving) 7am - 11am
More information

Naperville Household Hazardous Waste Facility
Fire Station No. 4, 1979 Brookdale Road
Saturdays & Sundays 9am - 2pm (excluding holidays)

Cooking Oil Collection

Cooking Oil Recycling

Thanksgiving Weekend

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Drop off cooking oil for recycling at one of these collection sites:

roselle oil 2womenElmhurst Public Works Garage, 9am-noon
985 S. Riverside Dr.

Itasca Village Hall, 9am-noon
550 W. Irving Park Rd.

LaGrange Park Fire Station #1, 9am-noon
447 N. Catherine Ave

Naperville Fire Station #4, 9am-2pm
1971 Brookdale Rd.

River Forest Village Hall, 9am-noon
400 Park Ave.

roselle oilRoselle Police Station Parking Lot, 9am-noon
103 S. Prospect

Villa Park Behind Village Hall, 9am-noon
20 S. Ardmore

Wheaton Public Works Garage, 9am-noon
821 W. Liberty

Wheaton Sanitary District, 10am-noon
1S640 Shaffner

Winfield Township Road District, 7am-11am
30W575 Roosevelt Rd

*PROGRAM DISCONTINUED* New Collection Bin at Jewel Osco in Wicker Park, Chicago

1341 N. Paulina Street (corner of Ashland and Milwaukee)
Chicago Biofuels has begun a pilot program at Jewel Osco to collect liquid vegetable cooking oil. 100% of the oil collected will be turned into Biodiesel. Stop by the Wicker Park Jewel to check out their outdoor bin and drop off cooking oil.

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Cooking Oil Recycling in Glendale Heights



November 30, 2013 (first cooking oil collection in DPC)
300 cars, 21 locations, 12,583 pounds of cooking oil collected!
Partnered with Green Grease and Chicago BioFuels








2015 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.

September 12, noon-2pm:  Bensenville Electronics Recycling
Public Services Facility, 717 E. Jefferson, More Information

September 19, 9am-3pm: Lombard Recycling Extravaganza
Lombard Village Hall, 255 E. Wilson Avenue  More Information

September 19, 8am-1pm:  Downers Grove Recycling Extravanganza
5101 Walnut Avenue

September 26, 9am-1pm:  Hanover Park Recycling Event 
Metra Station, 1975 W. Lake Street, Hanover Park Recycling Event

October 3, 9am-noon:  Winfield Township Recycling Extravaganza
Winfield Township Road District Facility, 30W575 Roosevelt Road, West Chicago, Winfield Township Recycling Event

October 17, 9am-noon:  Glen Ellyn Paper Shredding Event
Glenwood Municipal Parking Lot, located at Prospect and Crescent, More Information

October 24, 10am-1pm:  Addison Park District Recycling Extravaganza
Community Park at 120 E. Oak Street

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

Recycle Lights