Volunteers sort through electronic devices brought to Recyclepalooza on Oct. 7. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
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Recyclepalooza attracts more traffic, gathers unused stuff

On one of the first sunny, crisp days of fall, Recyclepalooza volunteers gathered in the Parker Junior High School parking lot to unload widely various items from a steady stream of vehicles.

Flossmoor Community Engagement Manager Stephanie Wright said the event on Saturday, Oct. 7, was busier this year than in 2022, with 329 vehicles coming through compared to 230 last year. 

  • Volunteers unload items so drivers don't have to exit their vehicles to participate in Recyclepalooza. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
    Volunteers unload items so drivers don't have to exit their vehicles to participate in Recyclepalooza. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
  • Sawyer Fogarty carries a discarded computer tower to the dumpster where electronics are being collected. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
    Sawyer Fogarty carries a discarded computer tower to the dumpster where electronics are being collected. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
  • H-F High School National Honor Society members, from left, Ellie Dedo, Sanaa Henry, Ethan Mangram and Daniel Carter take a moment to talk about why they volunteered to help with Recyclepalooza. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
    H-F High School National Honor Society members, from left, Ellie Dedo, Sanaa Henry, Ethan Mangram and Daniel Carter take a moment to talk about why they volunteered to help with Recyclepalooza. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
  • Flossmoor Green Commission Chairman Tristan Shaw, left, and village Community Engagement Manager Stephanie Wright box up print cartridges during Recyclepalooza on Oct. 7. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
    Flossmoor Green Commission Chairman Tristan Shaw, left, and village Community Engagement Manager Stephanie Wright box up print cartridges during Recyclepalooza on Oct. 7. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
  • Recyclepalooza provides an opportunity to get rid of old television sets. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
    Recyclepalooza provides an opportunity to get rid of old television sets. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
  • Volunteers hard at work sorting items brought to Recyclepalooza at Parker Junior High. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
    Volunteers hard at work sorting items brought to Recyclepalooza at Parker Junior High. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
  • A dumpster begins to fill up with electronic devices to be recycled. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
    A dumpster begins to fill up with electronic devices to be recycled. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
  • Two volunteers deposit a donated bicycle in the collection during Recyclepalooza on Oct. 7 in Flossmoor. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
    Two volunteers deposit a donated bicycle in the collection during Recyclepalooza on Oct. 7 in Flossmoor. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
  • Volunteers sort through electronic devices brought to Recyclepalooza on Oct. 7. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
    Volunteers sort through electronic devices brought to Recyclepalooza on Oct. 7. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

More than 50 volunteers were on hand. Some unloaded vehicles, some sorted items into boxes or dumpsters. 

Wright said she was still gathering results on Tuesday, but some numbers were available to illustrate the volume of recycled goods. 

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She said Homewood Disposal donated the use of two six-yard dumpsters for the event, and one was filled with cardboard, which went to the company’s recycling facility. 

Among a wide variety of other items, people dropped off 329 trophies, 31 American flags and 17 bicycles. 

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