RECYCLING DRIVES offered in McHenry County


Earth Day recycling drive brought to you by The Environmental Defenders – April 18, 2020.

CANCELLED April 18th, Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Rd., Crystal lake (part of 50th Anniversary EARTH DAY celebration!) 11AM to 4PM.

CANCELLED April 25thhat Milky Way Park, 300 Lawrence Rd, Harvard 9AM to NOON. Offered by Elgin Recycling/McHenry County & Defenders. TVs and monitors accepted at this event.

May 16th at the County Administration building, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock, 9AM to NOON. TVs and monitors accepted at this event.

Information on rescheduling drives that have been cancelled due to the current health crisis will be forthcoming as will dates on other drives this fall.

NEWS from earlier this year:

Environmental Defenders’ Recycling in 2019

by Barb Day, Chairperson, Recycling Committee

On August 25, 2017, Governor Rauner signed the Consumer Electronics Recycling Act (CERA), which modernizes many elements of the electronics recycling program in Illinois by establishing a convenience standard for electronics recycling. Although CERA took effect immediate, many of the programmatic elements of the law were not implemented until January 1, 2019.

CERA requires each manufacture that sells covered electronic devices (CED) in Illinois to annually provide a manufacturer e-waste program that financially supports the transportation and recycling of residential CEDs collected at program collection sites and one-day events. CERA specifies the minimum number of manufacturer-funded collection locations for a county as part of the manufacturer e-waste program. Each year, county governments may elect to participate in the manufacturer-supported e-waste program. McHenry County Department of Health has opted to participate in the program for 2019.  McHenry County was granted 3 collection sites. (2 permanent locations and four one-day events)  CERA is not based on any weight collection requirements as the pervious Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act (EPRRA) was.

CERA does allow the collection sites/collector to charge a fee for TVs and monitors.  The fee is to help offset the cost for the collector to collect, sort, package, and load the TVs and monitors.

One of the permanent collection sites in McHenry County is Elgin Recycling, 5114 Terra Cotta Avenue, Crystal Lake, 847-741-4100, which is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Saturday, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Elgin Recycling will charge $15.00 for each TV and monitor screen no larger than 20 inches and $25.00 for each screen 21 inches and over.

The other collection site is Prairieland Disposal, 2121 South River Road, Holiday Hills, 847-381-9300, which is open the first Saturday of the Month that does not have a holiday preceding the Saturday. They are open 8:00am-Noon. This site will charge $15.00 for TV and monitor screens no larger than 20 inches, $25.00 for screens 21-36 inches, $55.00 for items 40-49 pounds, and $85.00 for items over 50 pounds.

The Environmental Defenders is excited to announce that in 2019 we will be joining the McHenry County Department of Health at their four one-day recycling events to collect Styrofoam, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, and clothing and textiles.  Those events will take place from 8:00 AM to Noon on April 13 at the City of Harvard, 201 W. Diggins Street; May 18 at the County Building, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock; September 7 at Grafton Township, 10109 Vine Street, Huntley; and October 19 at McHenry County College, 8900 US Highway 14, Crystal Lake.  We will require a donation of $.50 for each 4-ft. tube and bulb and $1.00 for each tube exceeding 4 feet.  The Defenders will also hold our annual drive at the Earth Day event on April 20, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, at the McHenry County Conservation District’s Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake, where we will collect Styrofoam, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, and clothing and textiles.

For More information about the Consumer Electronics Recycling Act please visit the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency website at

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