I almost did cartwheels in the middle of the newsroom on Tuesday when they put a note on Facebook they were bringing in a Dumpster for recycling. And lucky me, it's right behind my building! No more loading trash in my car and driving it all over town.
Anyway, here are a few suggestions for recycling here in the Elgin area...
- Elgin Recycling: Today we featured Elgin Recycling's newest location in Gilberts in our OurTowns section, renamed OurEarth, just for today. (See "Watching their waste.") In addition to aluminum cans, did you know Elgin Recycling also accepts strands of Christmas lights, cell phones and cell phone batteries, old computers (including monitors,) radios, lawnmowers, gas grills and lawn furniture? For details, click to www.elginrecycling.com.
- The Courier-News (yeah, that's right!): Paper piling up? Did you know there's a paper recycling Dumpster behind The Courier-News building at 300 Lake St., Elgin? As a consumer of massive quantities of paper, it only makes sense that we try to recycle as much of it as we can. And what's nice is the recycling company donates money to our Newspapers in Education program based on the amount of paper recycled in this bin. So if you've got a bunch of old newspapers, magazines, papers, junk mail, etc. lying around, consider bringing it to the yellow and green Dumpster behind our building.
Find more ideas, share your own, after the jump.
- The stores where you got those bags: Do you feel like your swimming in those plastic shopping bags? Did you know you can take them to any Jewel-Osco, Kohl's or Target to recycle them?
- Target: Speaking of Target ... the big box retailer recently added recycling bins to its stores for customers to easily recycle items. Among the things they accept? Paper, plastic (including plastic shopping bags,) aluminum, glass, MP3 players, printer ink cartridges and cell phones. Target is also encouraging shoppers to bring in reusable shopping bags by offering a 5 cent discount for each bag. It's not a lot, but, hey, every little bit helps!
- ReStore: And don't forget Habitat for Humanity's ReStore at 800 N. State St. (Route 31, south of Big Timber Road). The store is looking for new and gently used household items including appliances, cabinets, countertops, hardware, exterior doors, non-upholstered furniture, tools, carpet (new only), new windows, etc. (A full list is available at www.restorelgin.org.) If you're looking to remodel or redecorate, it also is the place to score some great deals on items for your house. And it benefits Habit for Humanity.
Where do you take your recyclable items? Share your ideas here.
And Happy Earth Day!
-- Julia Doyle, Community News Editor