As part of our Christian responsibility to care for God’s creation, Gary Church has operated a Styrofoam recycling ministry for several years, with the goal to keep this useful but non-degradable material out of our landfills. Increased online purchasing has exacerbated the desire by all to reduce disposal of this material. Our volunteers take the collected items to the Dart Container Corporation 24/7 public recycling center, 310 Evergreen Dr., North Aurora.  


The hours for our bi-monthly recycling will change as of the Sunday, February 23 collection to 8:45–9 a.m. and 1011:15 a.m., still in the same location - the south driveway.  Our collections are the fourth Sunday of every other month. Please bring packing materials in one bag and rinsed food containers in another. We are unable to collection Styrofoam peanuts.

To find out more about recycling in your community, go to your city’s website and search “recycling” or find links to the city and county webpages below. 


Cardboard egg cartons

Clean aluminum foil

Paper towels

Paperback books

Bags that contained flour or sugar

It’s important to learn more about what can and cannot be recycled, so you don’t contaminate your entire recycling can with one item. Take the quiz above.  Answers can be found on your city’s website or on a helpful list of items that should not be placed in curbside bins, which is available from SCARCE. 

Remember that #6 plastic (Styrofoam) is one of the things you cannot place in curbside recycling, but you can bring it to Gary Church on February 23 and the fourth Sunday of every other month from 8:45–9 a.m. and 10–11:15 a.m. 

~Elaine McCluskey and the Styrofoam Recycling Team

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