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Downers Grove

Downers Grove's Recycling Extravaganza, Amnesty Day approach

DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove residents this month will have two ways to properly discard large items and those that can’t be thrown in the regular trash.

Residents looking to responsibly dispose of lead acid batteries, electronics, propane tanks, scrap metal, ink cartridges and a half dozen other items that cant be sent to landfills can participate in the village’s annual Recycling Extravaganza from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 5101 Walnut Ave.

Any cars that arrive after 1 p.m. will be turned away.

“It allows residents to do the right ting in a way that is very convenient,” Downers Grove Mayor Martin Tully said.

The event largely is volunteer-run. To volunteer, call 630-434-6811.

“The community really feels strongly about this issue,” Tully said. “And they show that by contributing one of the most valuable things they can, their time.”

The Recycling Extravaganza became more necessary when Illinois law last year banned electronics from landfills because of the hazardous metals they contain.

“Given modern usage, people go through electronics a lot more frequently than they used to,” Tully said. “So [the event is] very helpful to have.”

Several organizations will be on-hand to collect items for reuse, too, including groups to collect eye glasses and hearing aids for those in need.

Residents who have furniture in usable condition should contact nonprofit charity Sharing Connections at 630-971-0565 to donate.

The village’s annual Amnesty Day also is scheduled for residents’ regularly scheduled pickup day the week beginning Monday.

On Amnesty Day, residents who rent the garbage cart can place any garbage on the curb for pick up without stickers. For customers who do not rent a cart and use only stickers, the first three items on the curb need to have stickers, but anything beyond that do not.

Amnesty Day is paid for by the village and included in its contract with the garbage collector Republic Services.

“It’s been a good investment because it encourages people to dispose of things properly,” Tully said. “Instead of ‘I’m not going to buy 20 stickers, I’m going to put it in an empty lot.”

Items that will not be picked up on amnesty day include tires, motor oil, any liquids, paints or household hazardous waste, yard waste electronics and “white goods” such as washers, dryers, and refrigerators.

For information about hazardous waste disposal, call the DuPage County Solid Waste Department at 630-407-6700.

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