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E-Cycling Event at the Friendship Park Conservatory

Do you have old electronics around your house that you don’t know what to do with? You can drop them off for recycling at the Friendship Park Conservatory on Friday, April 11, or Saturday, April 12. Drop off times for both days are from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. For more information, call 847-298-3500 or check out this detailed list of what is and is not accepted.

By mreynolds on April 2, 2014 Categories: Community, Electronics, Recycling

Paint Recycling Program

Is your garage or basement cluttered with cans of leftover paint you have no intention of using? If passed, new legislation in Illinois could help fund a paint recycling program that would create more drop-off locations, many of which would be conveniently located at retail establishments. To help fund the program, consumers would pay a small fee when purchasing paint. Currently, there are similar programs in seven other states. For more information, check out this brief article featured on Earth911. You can also check the status of the House Bill (HB5457) and Senate Bill (SB1705).

By julie collins on March 17, 2014 Categories: Household Products, Recycling

Holiday Lights Recycling at Home Depot

Ends on Sunday November 17!  

Bring in your working or non-working incandescent holiday lights into Home Depot between November 7-17 for safe recycling, and receive a $3, $4 or $5 off coupon on energy star LED lights.  More details.

By julie collins on November 12, 2013 Categories: Consumer Choices, Energy, Holidays, Home Decorating, Recycling

Pedal Power Bike Donation Program

Got a bicycle you don’t need anymore?  Here’s a great way to recycle it!  On Saturday (Nov. 2) from 9 a.m. to Noon, several locations in the Northwest suburbs will be accepting bicycle donations as part of the “Pedal Power” program.  These bikes will then go to Chicago Public School students as a reward for good grades.

Nearby drop-off spots include Mike’s Bike Shop in Palatine (155 N. Northwest Hwy.); Glenview Cycle (1011 Harlem Ave.) and Garner Cyclery in Northbrook (1111 Waukegan Rd.) For more information and a complete list of drop-off locations, go to http://gopedalpower.com/ .

By julie collins on October 29, 2013 Categories: Recycling, Transportation

Electronics Recycling at Public Works Through the End of October

The Mount Prospect Public Works Department will accept electronics  for recycling every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and noon through the end of October 2013. Accepted items include computers, monitors, DVD players, keyboards, printers, scanners, televisions, VHS players, and zip drives. Unacceptable materials include air conditioners, answering machines, blenders, camcorders, video games, copy machines, digital cameras, home appliances, microwaves, power tools/cords, shredders, stereo equipment and toasters. For more information, call the Public Works Department at 847-870-5640 or email them at publicworksdept@mountprospect.org.

The Public Works Department (1700 W. Central Rd.) also accepts household batteries, compact fluorescent and fluorescent tube lights, and pharmaceuticals for recycling and/or proper disposal. Those materials can be dropped off at the Public Works Building between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

By julie collins on September 24, 2013 Categories: Electronics, Recycling

Electronics Recycling and Document Destruction Events

The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) will be providing 3 electronics recycling and document destruction events in June.

Saturday, June 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Lincoln Hall School
6950 East Prairie Road (Lincolnwood)

Saturday, June 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Elk Grove Village Fire Station #8
1000 Oakton Street (Elk Grove Village)

Saturday, June 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Niles Public Services Center
6849 Touhy Avenue (Niles)

For more information on which types of electronics will be accepted for recycling, please visit the Electronics Recycling page on the SWANCC website.

By mreynolds on June 10, 2013 Categories: Community, Electronics, Recycling

Recycling at Public Works

Starting April 3, the Mount Prospect Public Works Department will again accept residentially generated electronic waste for recycling every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and Noon. The service will run until October. Accepted items include computers, monitors, DVD players, keyboards, printers, scanners, televisions, VHS players, and zip drives. Unacceptable materials include air conditioners, answering machines, blenders, camcorders, video games, copy machines, digital cameras, home appliances, microwaves, power tools/cords, shredders, stereo equipment and toasters. For more information, call the Public Works Department at 847-870-5640 or email them at publicworksdept@mountprospect.org.

The Public Works Department (1700 W. Central Rd.) also accepts household batteries, compact fluorescent and fluorescent tube lights, and pharmaceuticals for recycling and/or proper disposal. Those materials can be dropped off at the Public Works Building between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

By mreynolds on April 1, 2013 Categories: Batteries, Community, Electronics, Recycling

Electronics Recycling

Did you know it’s against the law to throw your electronics in the trash? Here’s an easy and environmentally friendly way to recycle your electronic devices. The Mount Prospect Park District will hold an E-Cycling Event on Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, at the Friendship Park Conservatory (395 W. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines) from 9 a.m. to Noon each day. White appliances (refrigerators, ovens, water heaters, etc.) and monitors with broken glass will NOT be accepted. For more information, call 847-298-3500.

By mreynolds on Categories: Electronics, Recycling

A Green Idea for the New Year

Would you like to get less junk mail and get a fresh start on the New Year?  According to the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC): “The average American receives 41 pounds of junk mail per year, of which 44% ends up in a landfill. There are environmental and monetary costs to create, transport, sort, process, manufacture and dispose of these materials.”

Take a look at this link on the SWANCC website.  This will provide you with information on removing  your name from many lists to eliminate junk mail from things like; charities and non-profit organizations, flyers and advertising supplements, and everyone’s favorite the pre-approved credit card offers,  just to name a few.  Give it a try and start reducing that paper from your mailbox.

By julie collins on January 31, 2013 Categories: Consumer Choices, Recycling

Eliminate/Reduce Paper Waste this Holiday Week

Do you still have gifts to wrap before the holidays?

Before buying anymore gift wrap, consider some alternatives that are more environmentally friendly:
*Giving clothes or blankets as a gift? Consider also using these items to wrap gifts for the same person.
*Reuse paperbags to wrap gifts. You can even make the brown paper more festive by drawing on it.
*Place gifts in a reuseable shopping bag, so the bag becomes part of the gift.
*Reuse comics as wrapping or newspaper to protect breakable items.
*Sew your own gift bags using left over fabric scraps and let the receiver keep the bag as part of their gift.
*Use reuseable gift bags and encourage your giftees to reuse the bag as well.
*Use clean recycled aluminium foil to wrap gifts.
*Wrap gifts in old road maps.
*Ask friends and family members to try not to tear the wrapping paper so that it can be reused next year.
*Have large cans to recycle? Clean and dry them thoroughly, place gifts inside and cover with shredded paper, fabric or yarn scraps.
*Save the cards you receive and reuse them by cutting them apart and using the picture as a gift tag.

Want to do away with wrapping completely? Inform your friends and family that you will not be wrapping gifts in an effort to reduce your footprint. Use the money you save to upgrade their gift or donate the money to your choice of charity. Or purchase your gift online and have it sent directly to the recipient’s home.

http://earth911.com/tips/green-wrapping/
http://life.gaiam.com/article/top-10-green-gift-wrap-ideas

By julie collins on December 20, 2012 Categories: Consumer Choices, Holidays, Recycling