My popular “Trash to Treasure Swap” is taking place TOMORROW (Saturday, June 18th), 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and we’re combining it with another popular event–electronics recycling! Both events will be held at the Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark Street (across from Touhy Park, just south of the City of Chicago firehouse). For information on electronics recycling, scroll to the end of this post.
TRASH TO TREASURE SWAP
Have you ever heard the old saying, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure”? We’re going to again take that adage to a new level on this coming weekend, Saturday, June 18th, and Sunday, June 19th, when I sponsor another “TRASH TO TREASURE SWAP.”
The Swap this year will be held at the Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark Street. On Saturday, June 18th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., drop off things you no longer want or need, but are still usable for others. Come back on Sunday, June 19th, to take home a treasure or two.
Those who drop off items on Saturday get tickets to the “Preview Pick-Up” for first dibs on others’ unwanted stuff. The Preview Pick-Up will take place on Sunday, June 19th, from 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m. Certified school teachers are also welcome during this preview period to obtain classroom items. After the Preview Pick-Up, the doors will open from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., to anyone else who wishes to avail themselves of the remaining hidden treasures.
I want to offer a very special thank you to all our volunteers who have organized these swaps and diverted truckloads of usable goods from our landfills. They truly show that one person can make a tremendous impact on greening our community. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Bob Fuller, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are some examples of items you might want to swap:
Kitchen utensils & pots & pans
Leftover Wrapping Paper
Baby strollers & furniture
DVD’s & CD’s
Bicycles, bike parts and accessories
Canned goods &
Please do NOT bring clothing, shoes (except sports equipment), mattresses or upholstered furniture.
Please keep our local school teachers in mind, who at our last swap were thrilled to find office supplies, craft items, toys, books and puzzles for their classrooms.
Start going through your attic, closets and storage lockers, and join us on Saturday, June 18th, and Sunday, June 19th!
RECYCLE YOUR OLD ELECTRONICS
If you have old electronics that are no longer usable, bring them to the Swap anyway. We’ve brought back by popular demand, COM2 Recycling Solutions , who will recycle your old electronics in a safe and secure fashion. Their recycling truck will be located in the parking lot of the Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark, TOMORROW (Saturday, June 18th), from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Under COM2 Recycling Solutions’ state-of-the-art processing system, all data is destroyed in a secure fashion and the equipment they recycle is made totally inoperable. The company maintains a 99% recovery rate, so you know your electronics will stay out of landfills.
COM2 Recycling Services will accept the following items for recycling:
- Computers and peripherals
- Fax machines
- Cell phones
- Small appliances
- Video Cassette Recorders
- DVD players
- Compact discs
COM2 Recycling Services will NOT accept the following items:
- Hazardous materials
- Large Appliances
- Flammable materials
- Compressed gas cylinders
- Household cleaners
For a complete list of approved materials, visit the COM2 website.
Please join us tomorrow for a day of recycling and reusing!