First Recycle Popup is in the Books

Day 108 – Yesterday, the Northcenter Neighborhood Association hosted their first Recycle Popup. The set up started at 8am. With the tent up, tables out, bins marked and smiling faces under masks, we were ready to welcome our neighbors by 9am.

The first hour was slow. However, things picked up between 10-11am. Everyone was so happy to be parting with items that they had been saving for months (some even years). They were waiting for someone to rescue these items before they ended up in the trash. It felt good to be part of the solution.

Our helpers were kept busy, sorting all the items and making sure they were placed in the correct bins. I would like to say we were somewhat organized.

The last hour was very busy and we ended the morning with a bang! The next step was to figure out what to do with everything!

We were able to ship three boxes to TerraCycle. Those included, one box of dental and personal hygiene products (toothbrushes, mouthwash bottles and caps, soap packaging, dental floss containers, toothpaste tubes and caps, deodorant containers and caps) and two boxes of plastic food containers.

The amount of batteries we collected was absolutely crazy. It was easily over 100 pounds (if not more). With government agencies like the EPA saying that batteries can be placed in the trash, no one is recycling batteries anymore without a fee. I will be looking high and low for various places to send the batteries. I can’t imagine collecting that amount of batteries every month. Hopefully, people will consider using rechargeable batteries. Not only are they reusable, but they are easily recyclable (without a fee).

We collected ink cartridges, contact lenses and packaging, beauty products, eyeglasses, keys, phone cases, plastic cards, razors (and packaging), crayons, BRITA water filters (and pitchers), and lots and lots of CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes. My daughter and I were very excited about the plastic bread tags!

My car was packed to the brim and emptied into my basement. The next phase is getting all these items to their appropriate destination. I’m giving myself two weeks to get it done, so that I’m ready to go for the next popup on May 15th. I’ll be sure to give another update to fill you in on where everything ended up.

A big thanks to everyone involved with making our inaugural Recycle Popup a success. I am looking forward to improving this event and making it something everyone gets excited about.

Be sure to stay up to date with all the items the Recycle Popup excepts. Click HERE for the list.

Tomorrow, celebrating our National Parks.

Recycling Pop-up Coming Soon!

Day 95 – I’m so excited to be part of the Northcenter Neighborhood Association‘s first Recycling Pop-up! The event will take place on Saturday, April 17th from 9am-12pm, at the Northcenter Town Square (a block north of the Starbucks at the Damen/Lincoln/Irving intersection). We are not able to take all those hard to recycle items, so please check the list below to see which items we will be accepting.

You don’t need to live in the neighborhood or be a member to drop things off. (Though we’d love you to help us keep this going by becoming a member or donating). We hope to expand our list every month, enabling you to recycle more and send less to the landfill.

We will collecting on the following dates,

  • April 17 (9am-12pm)
  • May 15 (9am-12pm)
  • June 19 (9am-12pm)
  • July 17 (9am-12pm)
  • August 21 (9am-12pm)
  • September 18 (9am-12pm)
  • October 16 (9am-12pm)

Hopefully, the weather cooperates and we can collect in November & possibly December.

The items that will be accepted:

  • Baby food packaging: Flexible or rigid plastic packaging; shrink labels; plastic containers; plastic lids; flexible plastic pouches; small and large hook Gerber baby clothing hangers
  • Batteries (alkaline only)
  • Beauty products: All skin care, hair care and cosmetic packaging, including specific lines (Rodan & Fields and Arbonne)
  • Contact lenses and packaging
  • Dental/personal hygiene products: toothbrushes, mouthwash bottles and caps, soap packaging, dental floss containers, toothpaste tubes and caps, deodorant containers and caps (Note: Packages should be empty; they do not need to be washed out.)
  • Food storage containers (glass and plastic)
  • Glue sticks
  • Inkjet cartridges (Note: no toner cartridges)
  • Keys
  • Phone cases
  • Plastic cards: IDs, licenses, credit cards, business cards, gift cards, key cards. (Note: Please cut up all cards containing sensitive information before dropping off.)
  • Popsockets: Popsocket products and packaging
  • Razors: All brands of blades and razors; rigid plastic packaging; flexible plastic bag packaging (Note: no electric razors)
  • Swiffer products: dry refills, wet refills, XL refills, WetJets refills, duster refills
  • Toys (Please click on the manufacturer names below for lists of accepted brands)
  • Hasbro toys and games
  • LeapFrog
  • Spin Master (Etch-a-sketch, Kinetic sand and more)
  • VTech
  • Watercolor dispensers and paint sets
  • Water filter products: BRITA ONLY. Filters, pitchers, dispensers, bottles, faucet systems and packaging
  • Writing instruments (empty) and flexible packaging

We will also be collecting charitable items:

Be sure to check out the Northcenter Neighborhood Association’s website for the most up-to-date information regarding the pop-up event.

Feel free to send any questions my way about the event. I will be happy to answer them! (

If you would like to find out more about how this event was created and how you can bring this to your neighborhood, do not hesitate to ask. It is very doable and I have no doubt it will be very successful in diverting large amounts of waste from going to the landfill.

Hope to see some familiar faces on April 17th!

Tomorrow, a circular economy is the solution to our recycling problems.