The 49th Ward “Trash to Treasure” Swap, electronics recycling and paper shredding are all taking place Saturday, September 8th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Chicago Math and Science Academy, 72712 N. Clark (across from Touhy Park and just south of the City of Chicago Firehouse).
While there, you can also vote for your favorite ward improvement projects. The first day of early voting for the 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting process takes place at the same time!
For information on all these events, please read below:
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 the weekend of September 8th and 9th 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. On Saturday, September 8th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., drop off things you no longer want or need, but still are usable for others. Come back on Sunday, September 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 takes place on Sunday, September 9th, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. Certified school teachers also are 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 complete this brief form.
Below are some examples of items you might want to swap:
Kitchen utensils and pots and pans
Leftover wrapping paper
DVD’s and CD’s
Bicycles, bike parts and accessories
Canned goods and non-perishable food
Please do NOT bring clothing, shoes (except sports equipment), mattresses or upholstered furniture.
All old electronics should be brought to the electronics recycling truck, which also will be on site (see below).
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.
RECYCLE YOUR OLD ELECTRONICS
I’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, September 8th, 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.
SHRED YOUR SENSITIVE DOCUMENTS
Also back by popular demand, the mobile shredding truck sponsored by Midway Document Destruction will be providing free paper shredding and recycling to residents of the 49th Ward and beyond on Saturday, September 8th.
The paper shredding truck will be parked next to the electronics recycling truck in the parking lot of the Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark. It will be there from 10:00 a.m. until it reaches capacity. So I urge you to arrive early.
I always request the largest truck in their fleet and it always fills up. The paper shredding event will last until the truck is full.
The shredding truck is one of my most popular initiatives and a great opportunity to get rid of any old or unwanted sensitive papers. Because the documents are shredded on the spot, you won’t have to worry about anyone being able to read your private information.
Examples of documents eligible for the shredding truck include:
- Bank statements
- Outdated medical records
- Pay stubs
- Old bills and receipts
- Credit card offers
- Tax returns older than seven years
PLEASE NOTE: The paper shredding truck NO LONGER ACCEPTS the following items:
- Glossy paper
- File folders
- Bound documents
Please make sure you remove from your documents all metals, such as staples, paperclips and binder clips.
Start going through your attic, closets and storage lockers, and join us Saturday, September 8th!
VOTE EARLY IN THE 49th WARD’S PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING ELECTION
Early voting in the 2018 Participatory Budgeting election starts Saturday, September 8th, at my Reuse and Recycle Day. No, there aren’t any politicians on the ballot. Instead, you will get to vote for the ward improvement projects you would most like to see implemented this year. The projects are all proposed by your 49th Ward neighbors.
Look for a Sample Ballot and information on the proposed projects early next week.