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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!

Recycle your Cooking Oil into Bio-Fuel 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

Cooking Oil Collection

SCARCE is proud to announce permanent drop off locations for used liquid cooking oil.  

Village of Downers Grove: 
Downers Grove Fleet Services garage
Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
The garage is located within the fenced employee parking lot off Curtiss St (700 Curtiss) on the east end of the Village Hall complex. 
Please see any employee to drop off your liquids.  There is no curbside collection and items are not permitted to be left unattended outside the building.    
City of Wheaton:


City of Wheaton's Public Works Yard (south side of 821 W. Liberty)
2nd Saturday of each month from 9 am until noon

Wheaton Sanitary District:
1S640 Shaffner, Wheaton
Every Saturday, 10am-noon

Glenbard Wastewater Authority
21W551Bemis Road
Glen Ellyn


Glendale Heights Grease 2013 1

Monday-Friday, 7:30am-3:00pm

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

SCARCE coordinated the first Cooling Oil Collection in DuPage County at 21 locations on Saturday, November 30, 2013. Partnering with Green Grease and Chicago BioFuels, we collected approximately 12,583 pounds of cooking oil from nearly 300 cars!Cooking Oil Recycling in Glendale Heights


 Cooking Oil Recycling in Glendale Height


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.

October 25, 9am-noon
Carol Stream Document Shredding Event

October 25
Darien Recycling Extravaganza

October 25
Addison Park District Recycling Extravaganza, Community Rec Center Parking Lot, see flyer below

November 1, 9am-noon
Lombard Document Shredding Event, Commuter Parking Lot

pumpkin1November 8, 9am-noon
Wheaton Pumpkin Collection:  Drop off pumpkins at the Commuter Parking Lot on the corner of Carlton & Liberty Streets in Wheaton.  
Elmhurst Pumpkin Collection: 
Drop off pumpkins at the Public Works Garage at 2985 S. Riverside Dr.


Recycle Old Fridge & Freezer Print E-mail

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

ComEd offers a $25 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

Lights 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!


SCARCE collects holiday lights all year long!



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Recycle Lights