Updated: May 28, 2013 7:48PM
With spring in the air, new opportunities to clean up and recycle have popped up in the Lincoln-Way area.
In addition to its annual cleanup day May 4, New Lenox Township will collect good, usable latex paint, which will be used for ShareFest community projects in September.
On May 4, residents can dispose of unwanted items — including furniture and appliances — by placing them at the curb no later than 6 a.m. NuWay Disposal will pick up all items free of charge, but no tires or chemicals.
The latex paint will be collected at the township office, 1100 S. Cedar Road, on May 4 and on the fourth Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon through September, township Trustee Martin Boban said. The township also collects electronics at the same time.
The ShareFest event — slated for Sept. 14 — is a communitywide effort to organize volunteers to do community service projects, collect donations of food and clothing for local families in need, and recycle goods and hazardous wastes.
“Last year, ShareFest purchased 100 gallons of paint for their projects,” Boban said. When he realized that most people just dispose of unwanted paint, he began this new effort with Gary Cheney, of ShareFest, to recycle it.
Also on May 4, the Lincoln-Way North High School Athletic Boosters will host an electronics recycling event at the school, 19900 Harlem Ave., Frankfort, from 8 a.m. to noon. No TVs will be accepted, but most other electronic items will be taken. For those disposing of computers, hard drives will be removed at the site free of charge.
Peace Lutheran Church, 1900 E. U.S. 30, New Lenox, will stage a “fill the truck” event to benefit Morning Star Mission from 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. May 5.
Acceptable items include gently used furniture, clothing and household items, small appliances, linens, toys, sporting goods, books and electronics. All items should be in good, working condition.
Susan DeMar Lafferty