What to do with PAINT!
Paint: Oil based paints need to go to Household Hazardous Waste collections. Latex paints in useable condition can be shared with school theater departments, churches, etc (try Freecycle.org to find it a new home) Algonquin Township Road District 847-639-2700 x6 and Lloyd’s Paint N Paper 815-459-1160 will take latex paint. Old latex paint can be dried out completely & disposed of in your regular trash. Empty, clean cans can then be recycled.
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Plastic Bags and Film
Can be recycled at many local retailers, like Jewel, CVS, and Walgreens. For more details ⇒
CFL Recycling at Home Depot Locations
“The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today expanded its long-term commitment to the environment and sustainability by launching a national in-store, consumer compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb recycling program at all 1,973 The Home Depot locations. This free service is the first such offering made so widely available by a retailer in the United States and offers customers additional options for making environmentally conscious decisions from purchase to disposal.” Read the press release .
Many Ace Hardware stores will also accept CFLs and rechargeable household batteries for recycling. Contact your local store.
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