My popular “Trash to Treasure Swap” is taking place this weekend and we’re pairing it with another popular event–Electronics Recycling! Both the Swap and the Electronics Recycling 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).
Sponsored by my office and the 49th Ward Green Corps, the “Trash to Treasure Swap” gives you an opportunity to clean out your attic, basement or storage locker of unwanted items. Instead of throwing those items in the garbage to be taken to a landfill, bring them to the Swap where someone else may find use for them. In the meantime, you might find an item or two at the Swap that you could use back home.
On Saturday, June 8th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., drop off things you no longer want or need, but are still usable for others. The drop-off location will be at the Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark, in the new gymnasium, just south of the main building. Come back to the gym on Sunday, June 9th, 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 9th, from 12 Noon to 2 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 p.m., to anyone else who wishes to avail themselves of the remaining hidden treasures.
Below is a list of the kind of items you can bring to the Swap:
Kitchen utensils & pots & pans
Leftover Wrapping Paper
Baby strollers & furniture
Books (please, no textbooks)
DVD’s & CD’s
Bicycles, bike parts and accessories
Canned goods &
Please do NOT bring clothing, shoes (except sports equipment), mattresses or upholstered furniture.
I look forward to seeing you at the Swap!
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, Saturday, June 8th, from 10 a.m. to 3 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: