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McHenry County’s Official 2021 Green Guide Now Available

Wondering where to recycle some of those items you’ve found in your annual spring cleaning? The 2021 McHenry County Green Guide, now available online, features the latest information on recycling household waste, appliances, electronics, paint, motor oil, light bulbs, batteries, hazardous waste, and medications.

New in the 15th edition of the publication is information on reducing the use of single-use plastics (including packing material and take-out containers), answers to commonly asked questions about hard-to-recycle items, and an updated list of countywide recycling drives (including a household hazardous waste collection event happening in June).

“With more people ordering their items online and to-go this year, we’ve unfortunately seen an increase in single-use plastics,” said Kim Hankins, director of the Sustainability Center at McHenry County College (MCC). “Fortunately, there are a variety of resources that exist to help consumers choose more sustainable options and avoid these hard-to-recycle items. The more we can inform people of ways to conveniently reduce, reuse, and recycle, the more effective we can be in reducing our environmental impact.”

The Green Guide is available online at, and a printed version can also be requested by emailing A fully translated Spanish version is available online as well.

For more information about the Green Guide or Sustainability Center, email