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​​News & Announcements, April 2024:​​​​​​

Volunteer sign up: ​Our program events last year collected 65 tons of material for reuse and recycling, and it would not have been possible without the help of dedicated volunteers! Make a real and measurable difference in your community by volunteering for this year's events! Our sign-up sheet is here, or email recycle@kanecountyil.gov! 

April Pop-up at Geneva Park District's Earth Day: ​Kane County Recycling Program will not have its normal "first Saturday" pop-up event on Saturday, April 6th at the Ace in Aurora. Instead, we will be participating in Geneva Park District's Earth Day Celebration a​t Peck Farm Park (4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva) on April 20th from 11am - 1pm. We will collect the normal "pop-up" materials: electronics (fee on TVs and monitors applies; see "Costs" heading here), clothing, shoes and textiles, and books. Note: there will also be document shredding at this event (organized by the Park District, not by Kane County). 

Conservation @ Home Webinar: ​Would you like to learn more about conserving water and composting at home? Join staff from the Kane County Department of Environmental and Water Resources and The Conservation Foundation for a free webinar on April 16th, 7 - 8pm. Register to attend here!

Spring Composter & Rain Barrel Sale: ​We're teaming up with The Conservation Foundation for a composter and rain barrel sale. Please see our Composting at Home and Work page for more details. Online orders are due by May 5th and pick up will be on the afternoon of May 10th at the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. 

Kane County Recycles 2024 Green Guide: We have a new 12-page guide covering waste reduction and sustainability info for Kane County residents. You can download a PDF of the guide today. If you're on our mailing list, print copies will be arriving in your mail box soon, and bulk distribution to municipal buildings, libraries, etc. is continuing through mid-March.

2024 Event Dates: ​Kane County's major recycling events will be held on May 4th (shredding and more), July 20th (Extravaganza!) and September 28th (shredding and more). These events will take place from 8am - noon on the specified dates at 540 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Check out our updated events page to see everything we've got planned this year, including pop-ups and partner-hosted events​ every month!

Battery Awareness: ​Did you know that February 18th is National Battery Day? What better time to brush up on battery safety and disposal options! The Kane County Recycling Coordinator recently worked with peers to develop some statewide guidance (see website and Facebook). Need to know where to recycle batteries in Kane County? Here's the scoop! Do you think you might have a "spicy pillow" (a.k.a. a damaged lithium-ion battery) on your hands? Kane County residents can r​educe fire​ risks by learning how to recognize damaged batteries, where to take them​, and how to prevent battery damage in the first place right here!

Updated Medication Take-Back Options: ​We have updated our medications page with new info for drop-off kiosks and mail-in options provided through the Illinois Drug Take-Back Act. The page now includes a custom map of Kane County take-back kiosks funded through the program. 

Next Aurora Recycling Pop-Up, May 4​, 2024: 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, January 6, 2024.. See more about item acceptance and fe​e-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 mul​ti-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!

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​. ​​​

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: Cons​truction 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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