- Editor’s Note: This article was written by Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland. Got a question or idea for a recycling tip? Contact Jennifer Jarland at 630-208-3841 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATED 2:10PM FRIDAY, JUNE 25
Save the date for the July 10, 2021, Recycling Extravaganza, where Kane County will be collecting the following materials for recycling and reuse: fluorescent tubes, clothing, electronics, Styrofoam, books, bikes, latex paint, and aerosol products (including spray paint).
Click the link to this poster or scroll down for the full list.
This article will focus on the latex paint (collected by ePaint Recycling) and aerosol cans (collected by Flat Can Recycling) to provide more information on what we’ll be taking and how and why. Next week’s article will cover the other items.
But before we begin, I want to share my favorite hint on how to prepare for the extravaganza. The items will be be unloaded from your car in this order: fluorescent tubes, then electronics and clothing, then books, bikes, and foam, then paint and aerosol products.
So if you are a planner, please plan to load your car accordingly, with paint and aerosol products on the bottom and fluorescent tubes on top.
Everything You Need To Know About Paint
Here’s what you need to know about recycling paint at this year’s extravaganza.
The best thing about this Latex Paint recycling program is that the liquid latex paint collected by Kane County partner, ePaint Recycling, (in quart, gallon, and 5-gallon containers) is recycled again as liquid latex paint and reused rather than landfilled.
COST — Payable By Resident With Cash or Card
- 1 Quart – $1 each
- 1 Gallon – $3 each
- 5 Gallon – $15 each
Do not mix colors together to consolidate
Please do not mix colors together to consolidate the number of cans you are bringing. ePaint wants to keep the integrity of the colors to ensure product excellence and to successfully reuse the greatest volume. Check out the colors they produce.
However, if you are trying to reduce the number of cans you need to pay for, you can blend like-colors together in one can, like all the blues into one can, all of the whites into another can, and all of the greens into yet another separate can, and so forth.
Do not bring dried out latex paint
Do not bring dried out latex paint, as that can simply go in your trash can at home; lids off, and 1-2 cans per week in your regular trash. If you bring dried paint you will pay ePaint $3/gallon to transport it and then landfill it for you, which obviously does not make sense.
Do not put non-paint hazardous materials in paint cans to recycle them through this program. No motor oil, transmission fluid, batteries, oil based paint, or turpentine. Please see the Kane County Recycles website for responsible options for the disposal of these items.
Aerosol Products And Camp-Sized Propane Tanks
Flat Can Recycling is a planet-driven company committed to transparency and mitigating the negative effects of aerosol products on our environment. Flat Can operators have recently expanded their list of collection items to include dozens of common aerosol products and small, single-use propane tanks.
The closed-loop processor now collects, disassembles and recycles spray paint, auto products, lubricants, industrial products, insecticides, food products, household cleaners, personal care products, propane tanks (14.1 ounces, 14.4 ounces, 16 ounces and 16.4 ounces), and more.
The fee, payable by the resident, by cash or card for small propane tanks is $3 each.
For a schedule of upcoming community recycling events and a complete list of recyclable items, please visit the company’s website.
July 10 Kane County Recycling Extravaganza
When: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 10
Where: Kane County Branch Court parking lot, 540 S. Randall Road, St. Charles
What You Can Recycle at This Event
- Aerosol products: Full or empty spray cans will be accepted. See list of accepted materials here. There is a recycling fee of $1 per aerosol can. You can pay with cash or card at the event.
- Bikes, helmets, bike baskets: (Adult bikes in repairable condition and gently used kids bikes, no rusty bikes or parts.)
- Books: Text books, kids books, books in good condition for reuse, old books of any age for recycling, encyclopedias. See details here.
- Clothes and textiles: Clean, dry and free of odors. We will accept items that are stained or torn. Remove all hangers. Tie up in plastic bags. See full list of accepted items here.
- Electronics and holiday light-strings: Computers, TVs, DVD players, fax machines, printers, copiers, keyboards, mice, cables, receivers, servers, tablets, phones, electronic games, etc. Full list can be found here. The fee to recycle TVs and monitors is $25 for screens under 21 inches, measured diagonally across the screen, or $35 for screens 21 inches
and over. You can pay with cash or card at the event. All other electronic equipment is free to drop off.
- Fluorescent lamps: 4-foot tubes and CFLs, from residential sources only.
- Latex paint: Latex paint is non-toxic but hard to dispose of because you have to dry it out before placing it in your trash. However, it can be easily recycled into new products with no drying out necessary! See details here. Paint has a recycling fee per container at a rate of $3 per gallon. You can pay with cash or card at the event.
- Paper that is already shredded: You can bring pre-shredded paper in paper bags stapled shut to the Book recycling area and it will be thrown in with the books going for pulping and recycling.
- Styrofoam blocks and food service foam: Please bring clean sorted materials. Keep in a contained bag. (No packing peanuts or bubble wrap.) There is a cost.
You CANNOT Recycle at This Event
- Batteries: So sorry, we will not be accepting Batteries this year. See here for options.
- Confidential documents: There will be confidential document shredding at the Oct. 23 recycling event.
- Oil-based paint: But it is free to drop it off at the Naperville HHW facility. More info here.
- Carpet or carpet padding
- Household hazardous waste
- Tires or motor oil
- Bubble wrap or packing peanuts: Take these items to UPS or FedEx stores.
- Mobility devices: Try Goodwill
- Sewing machines
- Garden tools
- Large household appliances / “white goods” or Freon-containing appliances
- Business materials: Residential only, thank you.
Call 630-208-3841 or go to: www.countyofkane.org/pages/recycling