McHenry County Government: Residential Fall Recycling Events Scheduled For September 11, October 16

09/07/2021 3:00 PM McHenry County residents are invited to bring their electronic recyclables, documents, clean

09/07/2021 3:00 PM

McHenry County residents are invited to bring their electronic recyclables, documents, clean Styrofoam, textiles and bulbs to two recycling events scheduled this fall.

The first of the two residential recycling events will be held from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Sept. 11, in Woodstock at Woodstock North High School, 3000 Raffel Road. The second and final fall event will be held from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Oct. 16, in Lake in the Hills at Chesak Elementary School, 10910 Reed Road.

“Recycling is an easy way to reduce waste from disposal in sanitary landfills, improve sustainability efforts and protect the environment,” said McHenry County Department of Health’s Solid Waste Manager Kelli Boeckmann.  

For the health and safety of all who work or attend the event, masks are required and attendees should remain in their vehicles. To help maintain social distance, please place items to be recycled in the trunk of your vehicle.

The following electronic devices will be accepted: 

Televisions and Computer Monitors (fee applies)

Computers (desktop, laptop, netbook, notebook, tablet), Keyboards, and Mice

Printers, Fax Machines, Scanners, Small Scale Servers

DVD Players, DVD Recorders, VCRs

Video Game Consoles

Electronic Keyboard and Portable Digital Music Players

Digital Converter Boxes, Cable and Satellite Receivers

Fees apply to recycle TVs and computer monitors ($15 for any size LCD monitor; $25 for all other units (flat screen and CRT) 20 inches or smaller; $35 for all other units (flat screen and CRT) 21 inches or longer. Elgin Recycling will accept credit cards or cash on site. Masks must be worn to allow for payment transactions to occur. For additional items accepted but not listed, visit Elgin Recycling at or contact them by telephone at (847) 741-4100.

If you are unable to make the event, Elgin Recycling has a facility located in Crystal Lake, 5114 East Terra Cotta Ave., to recycle electronics and other items. The facility is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To bring this residential recycling event to McHenry County, the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) has partnered with Elgin Recycling, Paper Tiger Document Solutions for document destruction and The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County.  

Paper Tiger Document Solutions will provide a document shredding truck on site to securely shred paper documents, free of charge. Paper shredding is limited to four banker boxes or a container of similar size. Shredding will only be available until the truck is full. This event is for residential purposes only. No businesses, please. Documents must be removed from three-ring binders and/or binder clips before the event. Paper clips and staples are OK.

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County will be collecting fluorescent tubes for a cost of $0.50 to $1 each; clean Styrofoam; packing peanuts; reusable bubble wrap and cloth items (clothing, linens, rags, and shoes tied together by the laces).

For more information about the recycling events, please visit Environmental Health’s Solid Waste Program. If you have questions about the event, please contact Solid Waste Coordinator Kelli Boeckmann by calling (815) 334-4585.

This press release was produced by the McHenry County Government. The views expressed here are the author’s own.