September 30, 2013

Ottawa 'electronics and more' recycling event Oct. 5

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A recycling event Saturday, Oct. 5, will go beyond accepting electronics gear.

Household goods, eyeglasses, wheelchairs and a wide variety of other items will be accepted.

The event, from 9 a.m. to noon, is co-sponsored by state Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, and Ottawa Mayor Robert Eschbach. It will be in the parking lot at 300 Woodward Memorial Drive, Ottawa. Woodward is a block south of Main Street and 300 is roughly Clinton Street. 

Participating in the event will be several charitable organizations accepting household and personal items for reuse. Illinois Valley Public Action to Deliver Shelter is seeking gently used household items, such as books, dishes, kitchen utensils, cookware, sheets and towels. They also are looking for cleaning supplies, toiletries and food.

Home Hardware will be accepting fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lamp bulbs. The Ottawa Lions Club will be accepting used eyeglasses, hearing aids, ink cartridges and keys. The La Salle County Leo Club is seeking aluminum, and the Working Bikes Cooperative is accepting wheelchairs, crutches, bikes, walkers and sewing machines.

Vintage Tech is accepting several different types of electronic and household items such as copiers, external drives, satellite dishes, bread makers, fryers, hair cutters, holiday lights and much more. 

Other electronics may be recycled, including televisions, monitors, radios, tape players, fax machines and telephones. Automobile batteries also can be recycled.

A partial list of items that cannot be accepted includes anything containing mercury, light bulbs, hazardous materials, paint, household batteries, liquid or chemical waste, fuel, oil, paper, cloth and any monitor or television with a cracked or broken screen. 

For more information, including a complete list of acceptable and unacceptable recyclables, visit, or call Sen. Rezin’s district office at 815-220-8720.