Tips For 'Optimal Experience' at Kane County's July 10 Recycling Extravaganza!

Tips For ‘Optimal Experience’ at Kane County’s July 10 Recycling Extravaganza!

Kane County’s biggest recycling event of the year — the annual recycling extravaganza event — is ready and raring to go from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 10, at 540 S. Randall Road in St. Charles.

This event DOES NOT include shredding, but it’s got just about everything else under the sun. Please see the EVENT POSTER for more details, and read below information to make the most of your event experience!

Tips For Optimal Event Experience

Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland offers these three pieces of safe and sagely advice to make sure you enjoy the event and get through the lines quickly.

  1. Please arrive between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. for optimal service. Please do not arrive early, as it creates a pile up before we even begin.
  2. It is recommended that you approach on the northbound side of Randall, coming up from IL Route 38 toward IL Route 64, so that you can easily turn right, into the event at the Kane County Traffic Court building. If you approach on the southbound side of Randall Road, you may have difficulty turning left into the event site across the oncoming traffic, and the lineup creates a traffic flow problem on Randall.
  3. Please check out the MAP, of the event to see the order in which things will be unloaded so that you can pack your car accordingly. This helps us to serve you more efficiently.

Prepare to Unloaded IN THIS ORDER!

Materials will be dropped off at three different stops. So it’s really important that you pack your vehicle appropriately and IN THIS ORDER:

(1) Fluorescent tubes, electronics, clothing and textiles. (Pack these last, because they will be unloaded first.)

(2) Books and paper you have already shredded, bikes (including bike helmets and bike tools), Styrofoam. (Please note the shredded paper goes with books. Be sure to pack these items second, because — you guessed it — they will be unloaded second.)

(3) Latex paint, aerosol products, small propane canisters (These are the items you should pack first, or on the bottom of the recyclables you are dropping off.)

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, baskets and tools: (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. Books are free to drop off. 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. Clothes are free to drop off.
  • 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 (the curly lightbulbs), from residential sources only. Tubes are free to drop off.
  • 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.
  • Propane tanks: Small camp-size canisters (14.1 ounces, 14.4 ounces, 16 ounces and 16.4 ounces) can be dropped off for $3 per canister.
  • Styrofoam blocks and food service foam: Please bring clean sorted materials. Keep in a contained bag. (No packing peanuts or bubble wrap.) There is no 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 (See this link for available programs.)
  • 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.

There Are Some Costs!

While most of the items at the extravaganza will be recycled at no cost, there are costs associated with recycling some items.

We mention those above, but it never hurts to repeat. These fees are payable by the attendee with cash or card at the event. If you pay with cash, the exact amount appreciated.

  • Aerosol cans: $1 per spray can
  • Latex paint: $1 per quart; $3 per gallon; $15 per 5-gallon bucket
  • Propane canisters: $3 per small camp-size propane canister (Kane County does not accept large tanks.)
  • TVs and monitors: $25 for screens under 21″ measured diagonally across the screen or $35 for 21″ and over. All other electronic equipment is free to drop off.

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

Partners Include: Kane County Environmental Resources, eWorks Electronics Services, Pacesetter Books, Flat Can Recycling, EPaint Recycling, DART Container Corp, Fluorecycle, & Working Bikes. 

Please go to: for more information, or contact Kane County’s Recycling Program Coordinator Jennifer Jarland at or 630-208-3841 with any questions.

SOURCE: Kane County Recycles news release