News & Announcements, December 2023:
New Damaged Lithium Battery Page: Lithium ion batteries increasingly power our world, but they can become damaged under certain circumstances or simply due to the passage of time. Damaged lithium batteries pose an elevated risk of fire. Kane County residents can reduce fire risks by learning how to recognize damaged batteries, how to handle and dispose of them, and how to prevent battery damage in the first place - all of this and more on our new page!
Need to Recycle Damaged Holiday Lights? Residents should replace burned out bulbs and make other minor repairs in order to reuse holiday lights for as long as possible; remember reuse before recycle! But, if a light string is busted beyond repair, you can bring it to the Fabyan or West Dundee Recycling Centers, or to our Aurora pop-up for recycling. Some municipalities also host seasonal light string recycling through mid-January, including Village of Algonquin and City of St. Charles.
Aurora Recycling Pop-Up, December 2: The e-Works box-truck & staff will be collecting recyclables, including electronics (fees for TVs and computer monitors), clothing and textiles, cardboard, books, and paper in the parking lot in front of the Ace Hardware at 994 N. Lake Street from 9am - noon on Saturday, December 2nd. See more about item acceptance and fee-carrying items on our Centers page. The pop-up will continue on this schedule (first Saturdays) until further notice.
New "Bits and Pieces" Self-Service Kiosk at Fabyan: We are happy to announce the availability of a four-bin kiosk at the Fabyan Recycling Center for small hard-to-recycle items. These items are being collected to benefit existing local organizations or programs. The items accepted at the Kiosk are: Bin 1 - ink jet cartridges; Bin 2 - dry art and school supplies (what does that mean? glad you asked - we have a full list here); Bin 3 - eyeglasses and hearing aids; Bin 4 - can caddy holders and multi-beverage ring holders. Kiosk items only may be dropped off when the site is open and after-hours or on weekends. All other site materials (electronics, clothing, aerosols, books, paper) may only be brought in during normal site hours (8am- 4pm Mon - Fri).
Kane's First Plastic Bag Ordinance: Did you know that Kane County's first plastic bag ordinance in City of Batavia goes into effect soon, on July 1st? We updated our Plastic Bags and Films page to include information on the ordinance. We also made a new page on Reusable Shopping Bags with our recommendations for the best bag types, tips on reusable bag hygiene and more. Finally, we'll be doing some reusable bag reviews in Kane County Connects next month. Stay tuned!
Naperville HHW Facility Back at Full Capacity: Beginning March 11, the Naperville HHW drop-off facility has resumed taking its full list of hazardous materials. Our webpage about the site has been updated to reflect these changes. The site is open on weekends only to all Illinois residents.
Think Spring = Yard Waste Season: Ahead of spring clean up, we updated our Landscape Waste page, which includes information and links for regular curbside yard waste programs, and for brush collection programs. As a reminder, some yard waste programs allow food scraps to be mixed in.
2023 Green Guide postcard: We are not publishing a fully-fledged Green Guide for 2023 but will be distributing a postcard this month with our 2023 event dates and recycling center info. More details here.
New Recycling Center Guide: The information inside is mostly unchanged, but we gave our PDF Recycling Center Guide a redesign to improve form and function.
Green Your Next Remodeling Project: Construction or demolition debris (CDD) results from building, remodeling and demolition projects, both large and small. See our recent article in Kane County Connects for tips on how to lessen impacts and dispose of materials responsibly. Or skip straight to our new CDD page to find businesses providing CDD handling services locally.
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