Come to the Green Side

April 23, 2018, 7:00 am
Filed under: Biking

The League of American Bicyclists is sponsoring Bike To Work Week from May 18, 2018.

In commemoration of National Bike To Work Day, you can meet at Meineke Park on Friday, May 18  for a bike ride to inspire you to continue biking as an option to driving.  The ride will kick off at the park at 220 E. Weathersfield Way at 9:30 a.m.

The ride will end at the Municipal Center at 101 Schaumburg Court off of Summit.

Event sponsor:  The Village of Schaumburg.


April 9, 2018, 8:31 pm
Filed under: Events

WHAT:  Earth Day Party in Schaumburg
Celebrate your connection to the Earth with games, crafts, birdhouse building, free wildflower seedlings and more! Activities are for the whole family!

WHEN:  Sunday, April 22, 2018.  12-4 p.m.

WHERE:    Vera Meineke Nature Center at Spring Valley.  1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL

WHO:  Schaumburg Park District

Event is free for all ages.



April 9, 2018, 7:00 am
Filed under: Gardening

native-plant1In celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day, Spring Valley and the Schaumburg Community Garden Club is sponsoring their annual Native Plant Sale and Backyards for Nature Fair.  Pictures and descriptions of native wildflowers, grasses, trees and shrubs are online at

Pre-orders are being accepted through Friday, May 5.  Quantities and varieties cannot be guaranteed for orders received after a certain date.  Once your form is completed, payment will be accepted in the form of credit card or check made payable to Spring Valley Nature Center.  All sales are final.

Pre-Order pick-up is:

Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 1 to 3 PM
Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 10 AM to 2 PM

Please visit on Sunday, TENT SALE DAY, as additional plants and shrubs may be available for purchase on that day!

The address for Spring Valley is 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL.

A shuttle bus service will be available on Sunday for additional parking.  Overflow parking is at the administration building of District 54, 524 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.   Assistance will be provided to load your plants onto the bus for the return trip to District 54.

For more information, call 847/985-2100 or keep an eye on their website.

April 2, 2018, 10:37 pm
Filed under: Electronics, Recycling







What:  Recycling your television and/or computer monitors

  • CRT TV / Monitors
  • LCD / Plasma TV
  • LCD Monitors
  • Wood Console and Rear Projection TV

How much:  TV/Monitors:  Under 21 inches=$25  Over 21 inches=$35  (Measure diagonally across the screen)
LCD Monitor any size:  $15

Who:  Elgin Recycling

Where:  Elk Grove Township Recycling Center
145 South Weiler Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

When:    Mon-Fri 7:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.  Sat 8:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

What else:  Coupon available

April 2, 2018, 7:00 am
Filed under: Electronics, Local Drop-off Sites

***The weekly Electronics Recycling dropoff in Hoffman Estates is being held every Monday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hoffman Estates Village Hall.***

To assist residents with collecting old electronics and to ensure environmentally safe recycling of these materials, the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) developed an Electronics Recycling Drop-off Program to collect electronics on an ongoing basis at no cost to Hoffman Estates residents and other SWANCC Community villages such as Elk Grove Village.  Proof of residency will be required.

Village residents can drop off electronics each Monday at the Village Hall, 1900 Hassell Road, Hoffman Estates.  Your cooperation in adhering to the times and dates is much appreciated.

Electronics will only be accepted on Mondays.  Electronics from businesses, churches and schools will NOT be accepted.

The program begins on April 2, 2018 and lasts through November 19, 2018.

Visit for a full list of acceptable items.

February 28, 2018, 7:00 am
Filed under: Shredding event

Shredding eventWhat:  Shredding event sponsored by the Village of Schaumburg.

When:  Saturday, April 14, 2018.  9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon.

Where:  Engineering and Public Works Department, 714 S. Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg

Residents may bring up to two banker boxes of documents per household that can include staples, paper clips and folders to be shredded.  A shredding truck will be onsite and residents can witness their documents entering the shredder.  Shredding will occur until the truck reaches capacity

This event will only offer document shredding. No other items will be received for recycling. For more information, dial 311 within the Village of Schaumburg or contact the Engineering & Public Works Department at (847) 882-3586.

February 28, 2018, 7:00 am
Filed under: Recycling, Shredding event, Upcoming Events

It’s never too late to get ready for the village of Schaumburg’s big Recycling Event!

The Village of Schaumburg’s Environmental Committee, School District 54 and Schaumburg Township District Library are sponsoring a massive recycling/shredding event to be held Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10:00 to 3:00 at Boomers Stadium, 1999 Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg.

The Recycling portion of the event is open to the public.  It is not for business or commercial entities.

Acceptable items for recycling include:  personal computers (PCs), laptops, monitors, keyboards, electronic mice, hard drives, CD ROM/Zip/Tape drives, modems, cords and cables (power, USB, etc.), VCRs, DVD players, CD players, radios, stereos, tape players, telephones, cameras (film, magnetic tape, digital), palm organizers, gaming consoles,  joysticks/game controls, scanners/fax machines, pagers, paper shredders and answering machines, toner/ink cartridges, and small household appliances including microwaves.

Charges will apply for televisions and monitors.

Document shredding is limited to two copy boxes.  The truck will stay until full.  No business or institutional documents will be accepted.

Miscellaneous Items also accepted:  

  • Automotive and household batteries only.  Alkaline batteries are not accepted.
  • Cell phones
  • Modest amounts of motor oil and antifreeze.
  • Vegetable Oil free of lard, fat grease and grit
  •  CFL light bulbs
  • Eye glasses
  • Bicycles, wheel chairs and sewing machines accepted by Working Bikes
  • American flags accepted by Ellsworth Meineke American Legion Post #1983
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Books
  • Clothes and textiles

Unacceptable  items  include:  Large appliances, air conditioners, water heaters, garbage disposals, regular garbage, latex or oil-based paint, paint thinner and other household hazardous wastes.

For full information about this event see the Village of Schaumburg’s website.
For more information call:  847-923-6644 or email

Now is the time to do some spring cleaning and do your green part by recycling those unwanted items!