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McHenry County's Official 2020 Green Guide Now Available

[Tuesday, April 21, 2020]

Is recycling on your to-do list following your annual spring cleaning? The 2020 McHenry County Green Guide, now available online, features the latest information on recycling household waste, electronics, paint, motor oil, light bulbs, batteries, hazardous waste, and medications.

New in the 14th edition of the publication is information on a variety of apps you can use to donate or resell your items; resources for county-wide residential collection events; guidance on  curbside food scrap organics collection options; important recycling statistics from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency; and a guest article on recycling contamination from Kelli Boeckmann, solid waste manager for the McHenry County Department of Health.

"Each year, we strive to make this guide the most current, comprehensive recycling resource for the county," said Kim Hankins, director of the Sustainability Center at McHenry County College. "Even in 2020, there’s still a lot to share about what can be recycled and what can't. The more we can inform people about things like recycling contamination, food scrap composting, and other ways to reduce and reuse items, the more effective we can be in recycling and reducing our environmental impact."

The Green Guide is available online at, and a printed version will be made available as stay-at-home guidelines are lifted. Printed versions can be reserved by emailing A fully translated Spanish version will also be available on the website in the coming weeks.

At the time of publication, many of the businesses and organizations listed in the guide were operating with reduced availability due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please call or check their websites before visiting any of these entities to verify their current availability.

For more information, email or contact Kim Hankins at (815) 479-7765.                                     

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