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Saturday a good day to recycle in Montgomery, Oswego : Editorials : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Saturday a good day to recycle in Montgomery, Oswego

Oswego and Montgomery area residents have a special opportunity this Saturday to recycle a wide variety of items.

In Oswego the village's Environmentally Conscious Oswego (ECO) commission along with village staff members will once again oversee the village's annual Recycling Extravaganza from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the village's public works center at 100 Theodore Drive, just south of Oswego High School.

As in previous years, a wide variety of items will be accepted at the extravaganza, including scrap metal, building materials, lawn equipment, DVDs, compact disks, puzzles, games, videotapes, luggage, school supplies, clothes, eyeglasses, household and car batteries, electronics and appliances.

In addition, old bicycles will be accepted for repair and reuse by children who cannot afford them. Document shredding will also be available.

Residents can also drop off motor oil and latex paints for recycling. (Please note there will be a charge to recycle paint.)

Further information and a more detailed list of all the items that will be accepted for recycling can be found on the village's website at

In honor of Arbor Day the village's public works staff will plant a tree at Village Hall at 100 Parkers Mill. Anyone interested in taking part in the tree planting is welcome to gather near the gazebo at 9 a.m.

The Montgomery Police Station at 10 Civic Center Avenue will serve as the site of the village's recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday. (The village offers a recycling event at the police station on the third Saturday of every month.)

During the event, residents can drop off electronics (anything electrical that plugs in), all types of batteries, textiles, metal, books, and removable media (VHS tapes, CDs, floppy discs, etc.). A textile recycler will take anything made of fabric or leather. This includes not only clothing, but bed sheets, towels, blankets, sleeping bags, curtains, shoes, purses--anything made of fabric or leather.

Village officials remind residents that paint, fluorescent light bulbs, car fluids and tires will not be accepted at the event.

Anyone seeking further information can contact the village at 630-896-8080 ext. 1114 with any questions.

Over the past two decades recycling has become an accepted part of the daily lives for most local residents. Many of us don't think twice now about separating recyclables from our refuse at home and at work. We just do it-and that's a real good thing for all of us, our children, future generations and our planet. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there are significant environmental and economic benefits associated with recycling. According to the agency's website, "Recycling helps create jobs, can be more cost effective than trash collection, reduces the need for new landfills, saves energy, supplies valuable raw materials to industry, and adds significantly to the U.S. economy."

This Saturday's events in Montgomery and Oswego will provide residents an even greater opportunity to recycle a wider variety of items. We hope many of our readers will take that hard look around their households and bring in items that can be recycled and reused.

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