E-CARE recycling drop-off day returns to full force on October 9

E-CARE, the Arlington Saturday Big Cleanup and Disembarkation, will take place this fall on Saturday, October 9 at 1425 N. Quincy St., across from Washington-Liberty High School and David M. Brown Planetarium.

Free, biennial Environmental collection and recycling event operates from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.

No E-CARE took place in 2020 for COVID-19 security. This spring, a scaled-down version again collected nearly 95,000 pounds of household hazardous materials (HHM) and 26,000 pounds of used electronics, deposited by 1,870 Arlington residents, a new record.

Back for the first time since 2019, the group Bikes for the world will accept donated bicycles for use as basic transportation abroad. Also, back for October 9: a special collection area dedicated to recycling metal objects.

COVID-19 precautions will be in place during E-CARE Fall 2021, with participants encouraged to wear masks and stay in their vehicles while crews unload materials like paint, pesticides, oil motor and solvents; apparatus containing mercury; fluorescent bulbs; plus, electronics, batteries, fire extinguishers and propane tanks.

The full, vast list of accepted articles is available on the department’s website.

Arlington residents are encouraged to coordinate with their neighbors to combine loads to reduce the number of trips to the E-CARE site. Vehicles must be packed in reverse order of deposit: metal, HHM and electronics first, bikes last.

Place the HHM and electronics in separate cardboard boxes for easy handling and to prevent spills. The cardboard will be recycled.

The E-CARE deposit is available exclusively to residents of Arlington. Expect that you will be asked for proof of address upon check-in.

Commercial waste will not be accepted.

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