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Free Prescription Drug Take-back and Recycling Event in Hanover Township on Saturday, August 13th

Do you have old prescriptions, electronics, car batteries, gently used clothing, and paper cluttering up your place?  Bring them to the Hanover Township Building on Saturday, August 13th  and recycle them at no cost.  The Cook County Department of Environmental Control and Hanover Township are sponsoring a Free Recycling Extravaganza  and Prescription Take-back event from 8 am to 1 pm.  The event will be held at the Hanover Township Building at 250 S Route 59 in Bartlett, IL.

Click here to view or download the flyer

Acceptable items are:

  • Televisions
  • Prescription drugs
  • Automobile batteries
  • Bicycles
  • Propane tanks
  • Cellphones
  • CRT monitors
  • LCD monitors
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Printers
  • Fax Machines
  • Copiers
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Worn American Flags
  • Gently used clothing and shoes
  • VCRs
  • Keyboards and peripherals
  • DVD players
  • Speakers
  • Misc. cables
  • Telephones
  • Document shredding (2 box limit)
  • Game consoles
  • Handheld electronic devices (Gameboy’s, iPods, etc)
  • Eyeglasses & Hearing Aids

The Prescription Drug Take-back program is a low-cost, high-value opportunity to tackle a critical environmental issue.  The EPA has asked people not to flush old medications, as trace elements have been found in groundwater.  Each year, close to 5,000 tons of pharmaceutical and personal care products enter the waste stream.  Many survive water treatment processes and end up in drinking water.  Medicines improperly disposed of end up in landfills, leading to the potential of accidental overdose by animals and humans.

Residents should bring only medication items—not items from businesses or doctors offices.  To ensure anonymity and security, people are asked to black-out all prescription label information.    Take prescriptions to the drop off center ONLY during event hours.

Acceptable items include:

  • Prescriptions
  • Over the counter medications
  • Medicated ointments and shampoos
  • Liquids containing medication
  • Prescription and over the counter inhalers
  • Glass thermometers and other instruments that contain mercury

Unacceptable items include:

  • DEA controlled substances
  • Narcotics
  • Illegal drugs
  • Sharps or needles
  • Bio-hazardous materials
  • Radioactive materials
  • Other toxic household wastes

For more information about the Free Recycling Extravaganza and Prescription Drug Take-back, call 312-603-8217 or 630-837-0301