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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

Holiday Light Recycling

The Solid Waste Agency of North Cook County (SWANCC) and its member communities are offering h0liday string lighting recycling in numerous locations throughout the area. Mount Prospect Public Works is currently accepting lights M-F, 7:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m. through February 28, 2013. For more info and a list of addtional locations: Holiday Light Recycling.

By julie collins on November 27, 2012 Categories: Community, Holidays, Recycling

Last Call for Electronic Recycling in Mount Prospect

You know you’ve been meaning to do it but time is running out. The Village of Mount Prospect provides a weekly drop-off location for electronics recycling at the Public Works facility every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to Noon. However, the program ends on Wednesday, October 31 so now’s the time! Gather up those old computers, monitors, TV sets, printers, and video game components that are just gathering dust in the basement or garage and get them over to the Public Works facility (1700 W. Central Rd.). Items not accepted include cameras, microwaves, shredders, household appliances, power tools or air conditioners. For a complete list (and for alternate locations after Oct. 31) visit the SWANCC Electronics Recycling page.

By mreynolds on October 22, 2012 Categories: Recycling

SWANCC’s Trashy Fashion Show

The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) will hold it’s sixth Trashy Fashion Show on Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore (5300 W. Touhy Avenue in Skokie). Over 30 designers created a movie themed outfit from items destined for the trash or recycling bin. Reservations are not needed for this event. Doors are scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m. For more information about the show call 847-724-9205 or email info@swancc.org.

By mreynolds on Categories: Community, Recycling

E-Cycle at Friendship Park Conservatory

On Friday,  November 2 and Saturday November 3, Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines) will be hosting an electronic recycling event from 9a.m. to noon both days. Cell phones, digital cameras, fax machines, tv’s, video game units etc. will be accepted at no charge. For a complete list of acceptable items, please visit the Mount Prospect Park District website. For more info call 847-298-3500.

By julie collins on October 15, 2012 Categories: Electronics, Recycling

Donate Your Crocs

There may be varying opinions as to whether Crocs are a fashion statement or a fashion faux pas.  One thing that we can all agree upon is that is that giving them a second life is always a great idea.     

Thanks to Crocs, Inc. and Soles4Souls your gently worn Crocs can be given a second life.  Souls4Souls will clean and re-donate to people in impoverished nations around the world. 

In Illinois you can take your Crocs to the following locations to be recycled: 

•Aurora, IL | Chicago Premium Outlet (630) 820-3572
•Chicago, IL | North Bridge, Shops @ (312) 527-1139
•Schaumburg, IL | Woodfield Mall (847) 330-1040
•Vernon Hills, IL | Hawthorn (847) 680-1469

Donate Your Crocs

By julie collins on July 24, 2012 Categories: Recycling

Electronics Recycling

Dispose of old laptops, computer monitors and other small electronics on Saturday (June 23) 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Goodwill Store & Donation Center, Surrey Ridge Shopping Center (900 W. Algonquin Rd., AH). You can also drop off electronics for recycling at the Mount Prospect Public Works facility (Central and Busse roads) on any Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to Noon.

By julie collins on June 22, 2012 Categories: Electronics, Recycling

E-Cycle at Friendship Park Conservatory

On Friday,  April 20 and Saturday April 21 Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines) will be hosting an electronic recycling event from 9a.m. to noon both days. Cell phones, digital cameras, fax machings, tv’s, video game units etc. will be accepted at no charge. For a complete list of acceptable items, please visit www.mppd.org. For more info call 847-298-3500.

By julie collins on April 17, 2012 Categories: Electronics, Recycling

Hope Phones

Donate your unwanted cell phones to “Hope Phones,” an organization that responsibly recycles or refurbishes cell phones and sends them to isolated and developing areas. This organization assists with setting up communication networks for health workers that serve millions of people. For more information: www.hopephones.org where you can print a free shipping label.

By julie collins on April 13, 2012 Categories: Recycling