Recycling items that are especially harmful to the environment is more important than ever, which is why the goverment is making it mandatory to recycle used car batteries and tires. Take advantage of the tax credits and discounts you'll receive by donating and recycling your old tires and batteries in Chicago -- there are many places around the city to recycle these items, and you'll often receive a small cash reward for doing so.
Take your tires and batteries to a local recycling center. Chicago has several designated facilities that accept tires and batteries. The Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility is located at 1150 North Branch Street and accepts car batteries. Tires are a little harder to get rid of. Although several centers take them, you may have to pay a fee of $2.50 per tire.
Find a local auto-parts store. All auto-parts stores take old batteries. In fact, if you buy a new battery without and bringing in your old battery for recycling, you'll have to pay a surcharge, usually $6 to $10, on your new battery. Home Depot also takes old batteries.
Call the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and schedule a tire removal. According to the Illinois EPA's website, they no longer host free county-wide collection days, but you can still have tires removed from your property for free. You will have to sign an agreement, however, that you will no longer let old tires accumulate on your property because it is now illegal to do so.
Trade in your tires. When you purchase new tires, give them to your tire retailer. It puts the responsibilty of recycling on them, and you'll usually be charged extra if you don't relinquish the old tires anyway.
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