Residents of Park Ridge and many nearby communities will have two opportunities to contribute to environmental sustainability on October 15 by recycling electronics in the morning and cleaning up local forests in the afternoon.
Park Ridge’s electronic recycling and document destruction The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the city’s Public Works Service Center, 400 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, according to a city announcement.
Park Ridge is a member community of the Northern Cook County Solid Waste Agency, who organizes the event. Residents must live in a SWANCC community, including Niles, Skokie, Glenview, Morton Grove, Lincolnwood, Evanston and Wilmette, to participate, and must be able to show proof of residency, according to the city’s website.
Eligible residents may bring up to six file-sized boxes of clean, dry paper, without zip ties, sleeves or other metal or plastic fittings. They can also bring in up to seven electronic devices to be recycled, without their packaging and boxes.
Accepted devices include cable receivers, cell phones, computer cables, computers and computer monitors, converters, desktop fax machines and printers, keyboards, MP3 players and game consoles .
Batteries, cables, household appliances, lamps, microwaves, speakers, VHS tapes and CDs or DVDs will not be accepted, the announcement states.
The forest and woodland cleanup begins at 1 p.m., according to an email from the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce.
The event, led by Go Green Park Ridge, will focus on clearing litter from the Des Plaines Woods Bike Path and major roads.
Organizations such as schools or scouts who wish to bring groups to participate in the event can contact event coordinator Joseph Steinfels and indicate what area they wish to focus on and how many people they plan to bring.
Go Green Park Ridge said it has attracted more than 900 volunteers for its cleanups since the program began last year.