Contact Information:
Public Relations Coordinator Susan Bishel, 630-260-2191


Get Ready for One Big Recycling Event

 WHEATON, Ill. – If you’re ready to do some spring cleaning, start gathering items for the upcoming Recycling Extravaganza, a popular annual event where you can drop off many items not accepted through curbside recycling service.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015, the commuter parking lot at Liberty Drive and Carlton Avenue will be transformed into a maze of cars with drop-off stations and volunteers ready to unload your stuff. Have an old washing machine, car batteries, electronics, bicycles, cooking oil, eye glasses, swing sets, clothing buttons or any of the other items listed below? This event accepts all of these for either recycling or reuse.

The Recycling Extravaganza is run by Wheaton’s Environmental Improvement Commission, and volunteers are greatly appreciated. To volunteer, groups or individuals high school age or older can call 630-690-1237 or 630-653-8776.

Things to Bring: 

  1. Electronics: Anything with an on/off switch and all electric cords. Examples: TVs, computers, cell phones, printers, blenders, stereos, etc.
    Please note: Limit of two TVs and two monitors per car.
  2. Scrap metal: Pots, swing sets, hangers, shelving, lawn furniture, tomato cages, drained lawn mowers, washers, dryers, air conditioners, etc.
    Please note: No refrigerators or freezers
  3. Batteries: All household batteries, plus large batteries. Examples: AA batteries, car batteries, boat batteries, sump pump batteries
  4. Fluorescent tube bulbs
    Please note: No CFLs accepted
  5. Cooking oil 
  6. Bicycles: In any condition
  7. Paper for on-site shredding
    Note: 3 box limit (copy size box), must remove rubber bands, binders, cardboard, plastic bags
  8. Wheel chairs, eye glasses, hearing aids 
  9. Re-sellable building supplies for ReStore, such as gently used cabinets and plumbing supplies
    Note: No bricks or pavers accepted.
  10. Miscellaneous: Buttons, rulers, LP records, musical instruments, keys, worn American flags

Do Not Bring:

  • Refrigerators, freezers
  • CFL light bulbs
  • Hazardous waste
  • Books (But books can be taken to SCARCE in Glen Ellyn for reuse and recycling. Visit for information.)