Time For Spring Cleaning! Kane County To Hold Recycling Event

Bernie Tafoya
April 10, 2018 - 12:07 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It’s time for spring cleaning and with it, there are recycling events in the area, especially during this month when Earth Day happens, April 22.  One such event is in St. Charles on Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon at the Kane County Circuit Court Clerk’s office.  

Besides accepting paper, the Kane County Recycles Event will accept latex paint, electronics and books. 

Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland said you’ll have to pay a fee to recycle the paint because of the overhead it costs the company that recovers it. 

"They blend it into base-coat colors and then they re-distribute it to non-profit charities, who then share it to other countries of need where they can use that product much cheaper and it's higher quality paint than what they can get locally," Jarland said.

She said electronics are mostly free to drop off except for TVs and monitors. 

"The reason that those have a cost is because they have hazardous materials in them. The old CRT TVs have lead in the glass and the newer flat screens have mercury in the tubes inside," Jarland said.

Last year, she said, 40,000 pounds of electionics, 22,000 pounds of paper plus a moving truck full of cans of latex paint and lots of books were collected.  

Jarland also said no early-birds. The event starts at 8 a.m. at 540 S. Randall Rd.

She estimates 1,500 cars went through the recycle lines last year.

As for books that are donated, Jarland said the non-profit PaceSetter Books will use scanners to determine whether there's any value in re-selling each book or whether it would be better to recycle the books for paper.  Jarland said 15 percent of the books collected last year were able to be re-sold.

Costs for recycling latex paint are $2/quart can, $3.50/gallon can and $10/5-gallon bucket. Costs for TVs and computer monitors are between $25 and $35.