The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Green Initiatives - Recycling & GREEN Events

The information below on recycling & green events is provided as a service to the residents of DuPage County. Inclusion is not intended as an endorsement of any of company or event, nor has the County purposely excluded any additional events. The events listed below are FREE and open to the public (unless otherwise indicated). No hazardous waste, fluorescent bulbs, paint, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, or air conditioners will be accepted at any events. 

September Events

  • September 6th - Evergreen Bank Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding event - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
     1515 W. 22nd St, Oak Brook, IL
    Paper shredding is limited to 3 bankers boxes per person. Please bring your paper items in paper bags as the shredder will not accept plastic, binders, cardboard or other non-paper items.
  • September 9th - 7 p.m. - Living Cooler and Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living Presented by Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition by John Rogers, Union of Concerned Scientists  - Space is Limited!  Elmhurst Public Library. Register by calling (630) 426-9789 or
  • September 16th - IL Food Scrap Composting Seminar - Composting Challenges and Solutions - Cantigny Park - 9 a.m. - 12 noon
     Interested businesses, food scrap generators, municipalities, haulers can register at or visit View details.
  • September 20th - Village of Lombard Recycling Extravaganza - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
     255 E. Wilson Avenue

    Items that will be accepted include: Used clothing, furniture & appliances, cell phones, car & marine batteries, scrap metal, electronics, books, bicycles & shoes, American flags, eyeglasses & hearing aids and clay & ceramic flower pots. View details.     

  •  September 20th - Burr Ridge RECYCLE FEST - Shredding, Electronics recycling, Goodwill donations
    745 McClintock Dr., Burr Ridge. Visit the Burr Ridge website for more information.
  • September 20th - Downers Grove Recycling Event - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Lot H at Belmont Rd., Train Station 
    Offering document shredding (limit 2 brown paper bags/vehicle); accepting: lead acid batteries, rechargeable household batteries, electronics, cell phones & accessories, textiles & gently used clothing, scrap metal, bicycles, ink cartridges, new & gently used building materials, tools, and appliances, gently used furniture, musical instruments, buttons, rulers, yarn, CFL bulbs, American flags, fire extinguishers.
    Visit the Village's website for more information. 
  •  September 27th - DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day- 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Locations throughout DuPage including the following police departments - Glen Ellyn, Glendale Hts., Naperville, Lombard, Villa Park, Addison, Woodridge, Elmhurst, Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, Aurora.
    Click here for more information.  
  • September 27th - DuPage County & Village of Lisle - Residential Document Shredding Event - 9 a.m. - 12 noon
    Lisle commuter parking lot F located off Burlington Avenue (between Spencer Avenue and Center St.). Across from the French Market.

     Residents may bring up to 5 boxes or bags of documents for on-site shredding and recycling. 
    Staples and paperclips ok. Binder clips, books, binders, media disks, pens, pencils etc. must be removed.
  •  September 27th - Village of Hanover Park - Recycling Event - 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    1975 W. Lake St., Hanover Park Metra Station - Rain or Shine!

    Accepting: cell phones, ink-jet cartridges, eye glasses, hearing aids, keys, CFL bulbs, household batteries, large lead-acid batteries (auto, sump pump, marine), bicycles & wheelchairs in working usable condition, motor oil, antifreeze, holiday lights, extension cords, clean, usable child & adult clothing, walkers, crutches, canes, fire extinguishers, scrap metal, personal documents for shredding (up to 3 boxes total, no businesses, no hard covers, no binders, no binder clips or books; staples & paperclips ok), household electronics including computers, monitors, TVs, VCRs, stereos, microwave ovens, cameras, video game equipment (visit Village website for complete list), prescription and over-the-counter medicines (black out all personal information )
  • September 25th - Healthier Indoor Spaces for Healthier Children

    Susan Buchanan, MD, MPH, Director, Great Lakes Center for Children’s Environmental Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health and Maryann Suero, PhD, Environmental Health Scientist, Children’s Health Program Manager, US Environmental Protection Agency. Sponsored by S.C.A.R.C.E., DuPage County Office of Regional Education, DuPage Health Dept. and DuPage County. Click here to register for one of the sessions below.

    Children are NOT little adults.  In this interactive session, participants will learn about how and why children are more susceptible to environmental pollutants in our indoor environments, especially schools and childcare facilities.  The presentation will also discuss issues that contribute to environmental exposures in schools (e.g. improper use of chemicals in science and art classes and in maintaining the school facility, poor indoor air quality, pest control,  environmental asthma triggers, radon, mold).  The session will also identify low-cost / no cost measures, programs and resources available to prevent or reduce environmental exposures. 

    1:00 - 3:30  p.m. - Center for Professional Learning for the DuPage County Regional Office of Education
    1519 South Grace Street, Lombard

    6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Wheaton Park District's Community Center Auditorium
    1777 South Blanchard Street, Wheaton  

October Events

  • October 4th - Village of Lombard & IEPA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event - 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    1051 S. Hammerschmidt, Lombard, IL - Site entrance is on Hammerschmidt south of Wilson Ave. 

    Accepting household hazardous waste including items such as  automotive fluids, household batteries, cleaning products, drain openers, fertilizers, flammables, herbicides, insecticides, fluorescent bulbs, mercury-containing items, mineral spirits, oil-based paints/stains, aerosols, prescription medications, thermostats and other unknown hazardous substances.    Residents are asked not to bring latex paint.  The paint can be dried and placed with regular refuse.
  •  October 18th - Winfield Township Recycling Extravaganza - 9 a.m. to 12 noon
     30W575 Roosevelt Rd., West Chicago;  View more information.
     Accepting: holiday lights, bicycles, keys, cooking oil, flags, eye glasses, hearing aids, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, LP records, gently used office furniture, new or gently used school supplies, ink cartridges, wheel chairs, crutches, walkers, yarn, clothing buttons, portable sewing machines,  musical instruments, books, crayons, sewing supplies, electronics (check website for list), scrap metal. 
  • October 25th - DuPage County & Village of Carol Stream - Residential Document Shredding Event - 9 a.m. - 12 noon
    Ross Ferrarro Town Center; 960 Gary Avenue, Carol Stream

          Residents may bring up to 5 boxes or bags of documents for on-site shredding and recycling.  
         Staples and paperclips ok. Binder clips, books, binders, media disks, pens, pencils etc. must be removed.

November Events

  • November 1st - DuPage County & Village of Lombard - Residential Document Shredding Event - 9 a.m. to 12 noon
    Commuter parking lot; 101 S. Main St., Lombard

        Residents may bring up to 5 boxes or bags of documents for on-site shredding and recycling.  
         Staples and paperclips do not need to be removed. Binder clips, books, media disks, pens, pencils etc. must be removed.

Ongoing Events

SCARCE Environmental Education - ongoing workshops & training - Glen Ellyn, IL (630) 545-9710  

  • Teacher Training
  • Community Group Education
  • Recycling Opportunities, visit the website for more information.

  Permaculture Certification & Courses - ongoing - McDonald Farm, Clow House, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville 

  • The Resiliency Institute is offering several courses and certifications on permaculture.  Topics include Edible Wild Plants Certificate, Feast on Flowers, Eat the Trees and Graze on Greens.  Courses and certifications are available for a fee. 
  • For more information, visit the website.

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