Electronics Waste Recycling and Paper Shred Event at Waukegan Public Library on April 19

To celebrate Earth Day, the Waukegan Public Library’s Off the Grid (OTG) team is hosting a free recycle event for paper and electronic waste on Saturday, April 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot behind the library on the corner of Clayton Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.

Electronics and computer equipment to be collected include wires & cables, circuit boards, monitors, VCRs, DVDs, cameras, gaming consoles, modems, and telephones. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified most electronic scrap as hazardous waste. Improper disposal adds dangerous amounts of heavy metals, such as lead and mercury, and toxic chemicals into the country’s landfills. Electronic and computer items will be collected by Midwest Computer Recycling, Inc., and broken down into components for reuse and/or refurbishment.

Up to 9,000 pounds of paper will be shredded by a mobile truck run by Opportunity Secure Data Destruction (OSDD). The truck has a camera so that you can see the shredding in action. Paper can have staples, regular paper clips and rubber bands, but no large metal, plastic, x-rays, or batteries. OSDD takes all shredded paper to the paper mill for pulping and recycling.

OTG is a committee of Waukegan Public Library employees who meet monthly to discuss green initiatives in the library, such as implementing recycle drives for the needy in the community, developing Earth Week activities for staff and patrons, coordinating field trips to organizations who practice environmental initiatives, and planning an annual staff farm-to-table luncheon and bake off.

This will be the first recycle event at the Waukegan Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.