The Ecology Action Center and Illinois Wesleyan University will host their fifth annual Mega Recycling event to celebrate the nationally recognized America Recycles Day. The event will be from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 5 at the IWU Hansen Center.
America Recycles Day is dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. A national program called “Keep America Beautiful,” founded in 1953, brought communities across the country together to participate in America Recycles Day every November to educate, promote environmental citizenship and encourage action.
Residents can bring electronics, clothes, shoes, mattresses, plastic grocery bags, glasses, hearing aids, corks, thermostats containing mercury and a number of other items to IWU on America Recycles Day. These items will be properly recycled by licensed recyclers.
Some items not accepted include batteries, tube fluorescent lamps, tube-style TVs or monitors and household hazardous waste items such as chemicals, paints, car batteries, pesticides and automotive fluids. It should be noted that this event is only meant for recycling residential materials and no business materials are accepted.
For more information about accepted items, residents can contact the Ecology Action Center at (309) 454-3169.
This event is supported by State Farm, Home Sweet Home Ministries HSHRenew and Midwest Fiber/Confidential Onsite Shredding. Volunteers are needed for the event and an online sign-up can be found at ecologyactioncenter.org