Come to the Green Side

November 20, 2017, 7:00 am
Filed under: Light Bulbs, Recycling





Check out the recycling of Holiday Lights and Extension Cords in Elk Grove Village!

Where:  Community Development Counter, Elk Grove Village Hall, 901 Wellington Avenue.

When:  During open hours, 8:30 to 5:00 until March 31, 2018

What:  Extension cords and holiday light strings.  All clips, attachments, garland, greens, etc. must be removed.

Who:  This dropoff recycling is available to residents of SWANCC communities, Elk Grove Village and Hoffman Estates.  Items from businesses are not accepted.

For additional information, please contact the Elk Grove Village Environmental Health Division at 847-357-4240.


Where:  Hoffman Estates Village Hall, 1900 Hassell Road

When:  December 1 – February 2, 2018; During village hall hours

What:   Extension cords and holiday light strings.  All clips, attachments, garland, greens, etc. must be removed.

Who:  This dropoff recycling is available to residents of SWANCC communities, Elk Grove Village and Hoffman Estates.  Items from businesses are not accepted.

For more information, call Public Works at 847-490-6800


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

When:  Year round, 8-4 business hours

What:  Christmas light strands and extension cords

Who:  This dropoff recycling is available to Schaumburg residents.

For more information, call Public Works at 847-882-3586




October 18, 2017, 7:00 am
Filed under: Shredding event

Shredding eventWhat:  A Community Shred Day
Who:  Residents and Businesses may bring up to 4 bags or boxes of unwanted and outdated documents. Media destruction will also be available and includes hard drives, thumb drives and back-up tapes.  Separate these two items.
When:  Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9 a.m – 12 noon.
Where:  Schaumburg Township at 1 Illinois Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL

This event is free and available to Schaumburg Township residents only.  No businesses please.  Residency proof will be required.

For more information, please visit our website at or call 847-884-0030, ext. 3016.

October 6, 2017, 5:16 pm
Filed under: Electronics, Recycling

Who:  eWorks

What:  All electronics.  There is a small charge for televisions.

When:  7:30 a.m to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Where:   1201 Estes Street, Elk Grove Village




October 6, 2017, 4:18 pm
Filed under: Cleanup, Volunteering

Who:  Cook County Forest Preserve

What:  The Forest Preserve will deploy groups to clean up different sections of the Busse Reservoir shoreline.

When:  Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9 a.m. to Noon.

Where:  Busse Boating Center.  Entrance is off Higgins Road, just east of Route 53

How:  Sign up here.

Are you angered or saddened when you see litter threatening the health of the plants and animals that call the Preserves home? Channel those negative emotions and do something positive! Rally your friends and family members and come out to the Busse Boating Center for our first targeted shoreline cleanup.

Litter is a serious problem, but the cleanup will be fun. Forest Preserve Staff will work to deploy groups to different sections of the Busse Reservoir shoreline. Compete with fellow volunteers to see who can collect the most trash. Prizes will be awarded for the largest team and for the heaviest bag of trash. Get photographed with your weirdest piece of litter—one person’s trash might be your “Catch of the Day”. All participants earn serious bragging rights.

Trash grabbers, gloves and bags and refreshments will be provided. Wearing rubber boots is highly encouraged.

Photo is used courtesy of Biking Illinois.


September 17, 2017, 7:00 am
Filed under: Cleanup, Volunteering

DuPage RiverThe Conservation Foundation is conducting its 26th Annual River Sweep, a countrywide clean-up which encourages citizens to improve local waterways by removing debris and litter from a section of stream or pond.  The event is being held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9 a.m. to Noon.

The Hanover Park Environmental Committee would like to lead a group of volunteers in cleaning a section of the West Branch of the DuPage River.  For more information or to sign up, contact the Environmental Committee Hotline at 630-823-5706.  Rain date is October 21.)

Photo taken by Tom Musch at


September 5, 2017, 7:00 am
Filed under: Marketplace, Upcoming Events

Looking for that perfect treasure at a reasonable price?  Find it at Market @ The Metra, a combination craft sale and community garage sale of old and new items, that is sponsored by the Village of Hanover Park.  Food vendors will also be on hand to provide refreshment.  The event is free and will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9:00 to 4:00 at the Hanover Park Commuter Lot at the intersection of Church Street and Lake Street.

Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis with a total of two spaces, maximum.  Hanover Park residents may purchase 1 space for $25 and 2 spaces for $40.  Non-residents may purchase 1 space for $30 and 2 spaces for $50.

Food vendors must bring only pre-packaged items.  1 space for $40 and 2 spaces for $60.

There will be no rain date scheduled for the event.  Fees are nonrefundable.  Any unsold spaces will be sold at the gate the morning of the sale on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additional rules and applications are available through the Village Clerk’s office or here.  Please contact the Village Clerk’s Office at (630) 823-5601 for any questions.

August 17, 2017, 11:17 pm
Filed under: Electronics, Paint, Shredding event

The Village of Schaumburg is hosting a Fall Recycling Event that will include electronics and paint recycling as well as document shredding!

When:  Saturday, October 14, 2017. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

Where:  The west parking lot of Boomers Stadium, 1999 S. Springinsguth Rd., Schaumburg.

Who:  Schaumburg residents only (participants will be asked to show ID)

Paper shredding services will be available at no cost to residents. Attendees will also be able to recycle latex and oil-based paints.  Electronic items include computers, small appliances, cell phones, electronic toys, copper wire and more will be accepted.

The following fees will be charged for both types of paints, televisions and monitors:

Latex Paint:
1 Quart=$1
1 Gallon=$2
5 Gallons=$9

Oil Based Paints/Stains:
1 Quart=$4
1 Gallon=$8
5 Gallons=$20

Televisions and Monitors:
TV/Monitor up to 21″ (not including LCD monitors)=$25
TV/Monitor 22 and above (not including LCD monitors=$35
LCD Monitor=$15

For more information, contact Martin Metreger at or dial 311 in Schaumburg.