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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 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.

We are expanding the pumpkin collections in 2015!!

  • If you live in DuPage County, IL, we'll be collecting at even more locations this year. Keep scrolling down to learn where to bring your pumpkins & how to help promote the event. We will continue to add locations as they are confirmed.
  • If you live outside of DuPage County, IL - we've put together a Pumpkin Collection Packet, so that your community can also keep pumpkins out of the landfill. Keep scrolling down, to get these free resources.

Why keep pumpkins out of the landfill??

  • They are full of nutrients that are good for the soil
  • They are 90% water
  • Most of the pumpkins processed in the United States are grown in Illinois – keep the water and nutrients here!
  • Landfills are the 3rd largest producers of methane gas
  • Composting pumpkins returns nutrients and water back to our earth

Host a Pumpkin Recycling Event, and Keep Pumpkins Out of Your Landfill

We've created a 15 page guide for you, based on everything we learned last year. If you want to host an event, get the Pumpkin Collection Guide, for  information on how to run a smooth event. It includes info on set-up procedures, staffing & volunteers, promotion, pumpkin information, and ideas to make it fun!

Take a look at the "Sample" documents to promote your event, provided in English and Spanish. Edit these, and change the time and place for your locations, or use them as inspiration to create your own. The "Sample Flyers" are attached as word files at the bottom of this page.

2015 Pumpkin Recycling in DuPage County, IL

Don't Let your Waste Haunt You - Compost Your Pumpkins

On Saturday November 7 from 9am-12pm bring your pumpkins to one of the following locations:

  • Addison*  *10am-1pm - Links & Tees 880 W Lake St 
  • Carol Stream - Town Center 960 N. Gary Ave (Gary Ave & Lies Rd)
  • Downers Grove North HS - Parking Lot on Main & Grant
  • Downers Grove South HS - main student parking lot on Norfolk (SW side of school across from baseball fields)
  • Elmhurst - Public Works 985 S Riverside Dr
  • Glen Ellyn - SCARCE 799 E Roosevelt Road
  • Itasca - Water Park east lot 100 N. Catalpa St.
  • Lisle - Public Works Yard 4930 Lincoln Ave (Rt 53)
  • Villa Park - location coming soon!
  • Westmont - The Farm 34 E 63rd St
  • Wheaton - Commuter Parking Lot #9 (at Carlton & Liberty)

Pumpkins only! That means no candles, yarn, googly eyes, or other decorations. Please remove these before you come.

Help us collect more pumpkins:

  • Print the flyer, and post it in your school, church, library, or any community bulletin board. English Version - Spanish Version
  • Print pumpkin recycling tags, and hand them out with your candy.
  • Share this page with your friends, business associates, and municipal leaders using email, facebook, or your favorite social media.
Download this file (Mini Trick-or-Treater Handouts[editable publisher file. download and update with your location's date & info]
Download this file (Pumpkin Composting Event Flier Half Page Flier[editable publisher file. download and update with your location's info]
Download this file (Sample Pumpkin Composting Flyer 2015 - Spanish.doc)Sample Pumpkin Collection Flier - Spanish[ ]
Download this file (Sample Pumpkin Composting Flyer 2015.doc)Sample Pumpkin Collection Flier - English[ ]
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]
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
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Glenbard Wastewater Authority
21W551 Bemis Rd  Glen Ellyn
Monday - Friday  7:30am - 3pm
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
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Saturdays & Sundays 9am - 2pm (excluding holidays)
156 Fort Hill Dr, Naperville, IL 60540






Cooking Oil Collection

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thanksgiving Weekend

Stay tuned for a list of collection sites!

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

October 17, 9:30am-noon:  Lisle Paper Shreding Event
Off Burlington Ave. between Spencer and Center Ave. (Lot F), Limit 4 boxes

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

October 24, 10am-noon: Warrenville Paper Shredding Event
Becket Accounting & Tax Parking Lot 29W140 Butterfield Road

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

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