City of Evanston to Host 5th Annual Recycling Fair July 11

Posted on Tuesday Jun 16, 2015 in Events, Public Works, Recycling, Sustainability

The City of Evanston will host its fifth annual recycling fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 11 at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave. The free event provides residents an opportunity to recycle a variety of items, securely shred documents, obtain recycling education materials, learn about construction projects, visit with “green” vendors, and more.

New this year, the fair will feature an enhanced “Touch a Truck” display, allowing community members of all ages to get an up-close look at City vehicles and heavy equipment, as well as those from ComEd, Nicor Gas, the US Army and more. Children can also enjoy free face-painting, temporary truck tattoos, and complimentary popcorn and snow cones.

To support community members and businesses in transitioning away from disposable plastic shopping bags, this year the City will collect reusable bags at the recycling fair for distribution at Evanston community centers and library locations. Reusable bags of any kind can be donated; bags should be in usable condition. To learn more about Evanston’s Shopping Bag Ordinance, which takes effect on August 1, 2015, visit

Also new to the fair this year, Random Acts of Flowers, a non-profit organization with a branch location in Evanston, will be collecting vases to use for flower deliveries to community members in nearby health care facilities.

For the fifth year, the City will give away compost bins to Evanston residents who attend the fair. Staff will only accept orders for the compost bins at the fair and will deliver them at a later date along with an instructional flyer. The bins are for composting purposes only and will not have wheels.

Residents who bring items to recycle or shred are asked to follow the signs and remain in their cars as City staff unload the items. Electronic recycling and document destruction are open to residents of all Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) communities. Participants are asked to NOT line up before 8 a.m.

Electronic Recycling:
The following electronic materials will be accepted:

  • Televisions
  • Computer monitors
  • Cell phones
  • Computers: PCs and laptops
  • VHS and DVD players
  • Printers and scanners
  • DVR/Cable boxes
  • Fax machines
  • mp3 players and PDAs
  • Mice, keyboards and drives
  • Video game consoles

Document Shredding and Recycling:
Residents can bring up to five banker’s boxes of paper documents to be shredded on site. Documents should be placed in a box or brown paper bag and large metal clips and binders should be removed ahead of time. Document shredding is not available for businesses.

Other Items:
Additional items being collected this year:

  • Clothing and shoes
  • Vases
  • Household batteries
  • Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs)
  • Ink cartridges
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Reusable shopping bags

Medications Disposal:
Thanks to the support of NorthShore University HealthSystem, Stericycle and the Evanston Police Department, medications will be accepted for disposal at the recycling fair this year. Residentially-generated, unused prescriptions and expired over-the-counter drugs will be accepted. Medications considered to be a controlled substance WILL also be accepted.

Community members disposing of medications will be directed to a designated tent where medications can be turned in to medical and police department staff. Medications should be kept separate from electronics, documents and other items being recycled at the fair.

  • Medicines must be in labeled containers; no loose pills
  • Needles or syringes (used or new) will not be accepted
  • Multiple medicine bottles should be transported in a clear re-sealable storage bag
  • Personal information may be marked out with black felt tip pens (do not remove labels)
  • No bulk turn-ins will be accepted

For more information, please call or text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents in Evanston may simply dial 3-1-1.