Defenders’ Recycling programs


We are happy to bring our roving recycling drives to McHenry County communities! Dates and locations vary, and are posted here, in our member eNews, and on our Facebook page. In addition to drop-off at our monthly drives (March thru November), we have partnered with others to establish Styrofoam Collection sites at the following locations:


Village of Algonquin Public Works Facility at 110 Meyer Drive, Algonquin.  Open 24 hours a day.

Algonquin Township Highway Department at 3702 Route 14, Crystal Lake. Open 6:30 a.m. to 3PM, Mon-Fri.

City of Woodstock Public Works: 326 Washington Street, Woodstock. Open daily 7:30 a.m. to 3PM.



Please check back regularly for updates on future drives.

The Defenders work to collect and recycle materials which are not collected in curbside recycling and which would be harmful to the environment if put in a landfill. It costs us to recycle these items and therefore we request monetary assistance from all who bring materials to the drive. We receive no government funding to offset these costs, and rely on the people utilizing this service to pay the expenses involved.

Fluorescent tubes & bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, and need to be properly recycled to avoid contamination of the landfills and groundwater. Batteries contain heavy metals which are known health hazards. More info on recycling batteries.

Because of the costs to get these items properly disposed of, a monetary donation will be requested, with specific amounts required for fluorescent bulbs, batteries, monitors or televisions.

What we accept:

-Fluorescent tubes (50¢ to $1 each) (Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) can be recycled for no fee at many Home Depot or Ace Hardware stores)

-Batteries (household, rechargeable, car, and button) (50¢ per pound of household batteries.)

-Cloth items—clothing, linens, or just plain rags, clean and in a bag. You can also bring shoes, tied together by their laces and placed in the bag.

-Packing peanuts

-Clean Styrofoam

-Re-useable bubble wrap (Yeah, I know it’s fun to pop it, but re-use is better than recycle. So resist the temptation, and bring it to us for re-use! Otherwise, it can be recycled at stores that take those nasty single-use grocery bags.)

-Electronics – televisions, computers, phones, printers, electronic toys, microwaves, etc. (most anything that plugs in or runs on batteries) We ask 50¢ per pound (up to maximum of $50) per set to recycle TVs and computer monitors.

-VHS & cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs, computer discs, etc.

-Aluminum cans

Donations offset the costs of transportation and proper recycling. EDMC is a local non-profit, and receives no government funding to offer this service to the community.


Other options for televisions & computer monitors, other electronics:

Chicago Logistic Service, 501 Davis Road, Elgin, 847-429-1926. TVs and computer monitors will be accepted for 50¢ per pound, maximum $50 each.

Elgin Recycling, 5114 Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake, 847-741-4100. Fees may apply.

Best Buy accepts TVs for a charge that are less than 50″ flatscreens and 32″ tube. Call local store to confirm.

Computers, including monitors, may be accepted at your local Goodwill for recycling through Dell Computers (all brands accepted).

Some townships offer a program for residents – call yours for information!

-McHenry Township Road District Recycling Center

-Algonquin Township Road District 847-639-2700 ext 6

Companies that offer pick-up services for a fee:

Chicago Logistic 847-429-1926

Brothers Junk Removal 815-600-6697

1-800-GOT-JUNK 800-468-5865