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Wheaton to hold special garbage collection for flood-damaged materials

Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 6:14 p.m. CDT

WHEATON – Garbage hauler Advanced Disposal will pick up flood-damaged materials from Wheaton residents served by the city curbside service during a special collection next week, according to a city news release.

Beginning Monday, residents will be able to place flood-damaged materials outside their homes for a special collection on their normal collection day. Flood-damaged items should be separated from regular garbage, which still requires the appropriate garbage sticker. If flood-damaged materials are not placed at the curb during the special collection period, they will require standard garbage stickers as well.

Any missed flood-damaged items from the Monday collection will be picked up on Saturday.

Flood-damaged carpeting and carpet padding should be cut into 4-foot lengths with a rolled diameter no wider than 18 inches.

Residents also will have the opportunity to recycle carpeting and padding damaged in the flood, regardless of its condition, at Wheaton's 25th Recycling Extravaganza on Saturday.

Residents will be able to recycle items not accepted through the city's curbside recycling program but still reusable at the extravaganza.

The city's Environmental Improvement Commission will host the event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the commuter parking lot at Carlton Avenue and Liberty Drive.

Acceptable items include office paper for on-site shredding (three box limit); scrap metal such as pots, swing sets, hangers, shelving, lawn furniture, tomato cages, drained lawn mowers, washers, dryers and air conditioners; electronics (anything with an on/off switch and all electric cords); cell phones; residential carpeting and padding; building supplies including lighting fixtures in good condition only; clothes; blankets; towels; sheets; shoes; any textiles for Goodwill Industries regardless of condition; propane tanks; fluorescent tube bulbs from residents only; large SLA batteries (car, sump pump, boat, motorcycle, etc.); working bikes; wheelchairs; buttons; rulers; sewing machines; musical instruments; LP records; eye glasses; keys; hearing aids; and worn American flags for proper retirement.

Items that will not be accepted include refrigerators and freezers, household batteries, CFL bulbs, hazardous waste (other than SLA batteries) and books. Residents interested in recycling books can bring them to SCARCE in Glen Ellyn. For more information, visit www.scarceecoed.org.

To volunteer for the extravaganza, groups or individuals in high school or older may call 630-690-1237 or 630-653-8877.

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