Come to the Green Side

July 7, 2018, 7:00 am
Filed under: Electronics, Recycling, Upcoming Events

Electronics RecyclingIt’s time to clean out your old electronics, small appliances, and paper documents if you’re a resident of Hoffman Estates and Elk Grove Village.  The village and the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County [SWANCC] will be holding an electronics recycling and document shredding event for SWANCC residents only.

Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 9-1 
Hoffman Estates Public Works building at 2305 Pembroke Ave.

There is no charge but proof of residence will be required.  Simply drive to the public works building and volunteers will empty your vehicle of accepted items.

The following items can be recycled:

  • Computers and computer equipment/components (e.g., monitors, hard drives, printers, scanners, keyboards, modems, cables, etc.)
  • Office equipment and products (e.g., telephones, cell phones, PDAs, fax machines, shredders, typewriters, calculators, etc.)
  • Small home appliances and home improvement products (e.g., microwave ovens, coffee makers, dryers, power tools, blenders, humidifiers, etc.)
  • Home entertainment items (e.g., TVs, VHS and DVD players, stereo equipment, video game consoles, cameras, CDs and DVDs, software, etc.)

For the shredding, there is a limit of six banker boxes or paper shopping bags per vehicle. Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed, but please remove binders.


June 19, 2018, 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Who:  Residents and Businesses may bring up to 4 bags or boxes of unwanted and outdated documents.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, June 23 from 9 to 11 a.m.
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.

May 24, 2018, 11:05 pm
Filed under: Rain Barrels

What:  Rain Barrels ($60) and Home Composters ($80) for sale

Who:  Spring Valley Nature Center

Where:  1111 E Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194

When:  8AM to 8PM

Further Info:  847-985-2100


May 21, 2018, 7:00 am
Filed under: Farmers' Markets

farmers-market2It’s time to start thinking about the farm fresh fruits, produce, flowers, baked goods, meat and cheese that are some of the goodies you can find at the Schaumburg Farmers’ Market.

You’ll find locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, flowers, plants and gourmet cheeses sold by the farmers who produce them. The market also features decadent pastries, baked goods, olives, spices, home made pasta and knife sharpening services. This family friendly activity offers freshly squeezed lemonade, kettle corn and snow cones made on site. Enjoy the unique flavors of summer at the farmers market!

The Market is open every Friday from June 1 to October 26, 2018,  7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Market is located at the Trickster Gallery in the Town Square Shopping Center at 190 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg.

For additional information, contact Martha Dooley or email

May 20, 2018, 8:36 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

What: Free Bur Oak, Pin Oak and/or Swamp White Oaks are available either bare-rooted or potted.

Where:  Egan Water Reclamation Plant, 550 S. Meacham Road, Schaumburg

When:  Wednesday mornings, 9 a.m. to noon, March – October

Who:  Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD)

May 20, 2018, 7:00 am
Filed under: Cleanup, Volunteering

Salt CreekThe Salt Creek Watershed Network is holding a Salt Creek Clean Up on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Volunteers are needed to help restore Salt Creek to its natural state and keep this precious natural resource clean and attractive.

Over the past 24 years, this program has cleaned up 75 cubic yards of garbage from the creek, including bicycle and car parts, construction material and other debris.  Boy Scout Troop 95 will be hosting this year’s clean-up.  Volunteers will meet at the Elk Grove High School parking lot at 9:00 a.m.

For information, please contact Nick Nikola by email at or by phone at 847-828-1141.

May 20, 2018, 7:00 am
Filed under: Farmers' Markets

farmers-market-2Check out the farm-fresh products at the 10th Annual Elk Grove Village Farmers’ Market. The Market is open from June 2 to October 27, 2018 on every Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You can find the Market at the Charles J. Zettek Municipal  at 1000 Wellington Avenue in Elk Grove Village.

The Elk Grove Farmer’s Market offers a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, breads, meats and baked goods. There will also be vendors featuring items such as salsas, flowers, nuts, honey, popcorn, doggie treats and more. New vendors with special or seasonal items will attend as the Market progresses.

Note to Seniors:  The Farmers Market is offering Seniors a Free Continental Breakfast from 7:30-9:30 a.m. each week provided they show their Elk Grove Market ID Card.  

If you have any questions please contact or email  or