Come to the Green Side

September 20, 2016, 7:00 am
Filed under: Cleanup, Volunteering

DuPage RiverThe Conservation Foundation is conducting its 25th 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 8, 2016 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 15.)

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September 20, 2016, 7:00 am
Filed under: Upcoming Events

garage saleLooking for that perfect treasure at a reasonable price?  You might just find it at Market @ the Metra in Hanover Park!

Hanover Park residents and neighbors will gather to sell their old treasures, handmade crafts, and new merchandise. We welcome all to swing by and bargain a good deal on quality items!

The event is free and will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 9:00 to 4:00 at the Hanover Park Commuter Lot at the intersection of Church Street and Lake Street.  

*For Vendors:  This year we will also make it possible for food vendors to sell approved pre-packaged food items.  Interested vendors are to contact the Clerk’s Office for information on registration and fees at 630-823-5602.  Or, find the application here

Vendor registrations the day of the event will be accepted upon space availability, with the exception of pre-packaged food vendors, which will be required to submit their registration for approval a week prior to the event.  Set-up for all vendors the day of the event starts at 7:00 am and closes at 9:00 am. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  There will be no rain date scheduled for the event.  Fees are nonrefundable. Each space is 9 feet wide by 18 feet deep.*


September 20, 2016, 7:00 am
Filed under: Rain Barrels

Rain barrelThe Villages of Hanover Park and Hoffman Estates and The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago are teaming up to offer FREE rain barrels.

Orders will be accepted through mid-December, 2016.

For the Hanover Park form, click HERE.

For the Hoffman Estates form, click Here.

Rain barrels are large containers that capture rainwater at the end of a downspout and store the water for later use, for example in watering plants or washing cars. Using water from rain barrels lowers water bills, helps reduce flooding, and can have a dramatic impact on water quality in our rivers and streams.

The 55-gallon barrels are made from reused plastic and come equipped with a spigot, a screw off lid, a garden hose threaded overflow, and screen in the top to help keep out mosquitoes and debris.

September 8, 2016, 7:00 am
Filed under: Recycling, Shredding event, Upcoming Events

Recyling EventHere’s your chance to participate in a one-stop dropoff of many of the recyclable items in your home!  The Village of Hanover Park and the Hanover Park Environmental Committee are sponsoring a major recycling event to be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Open to any resident of DuPage County and nearby towns.  No business waste.  

Pack up your car and take your items to the Hanover Park Metra Station at 1975 W. Lake Street in Hanover Park.  All items are either recycled or donated to charity.

Accepted items are:
–  Bicycles, crutches, walkers, canes and wheelchairs in working, usable condition
–  Personal documents for shredding.  3 boxes maximum.  No businesses.  Paper clips and staples okay.
–  Motor oil and antifreeze
–  Eye glasses, hearing aids and keys
–  Household batteries
–  Large lead acid batteries from cars, sump pumps, SLAs and boats
–  Cell phones and ink-jet cartridges
–  CFL bulbs and household batteries
–  Clean, usable clothing for children and adults
–  Scrap metal
–  Fire extinguishers

Unaccepted items are:  Household electronics, large appliances, air conditioners, water heaters, garbage disposals, propane tanks, compressed air tanks, smoke detectors, radioactive materials, ammunition, oil filters, smoke detectors, explosives, hazardous wastes, paint, chemicals, medical waste of any kind, controlled substances, business waste or regular garbage.

For further information and to volunteer, contact 630-550-5005.

August 22, 2016, 7:00 am
Filed under: Electronics, Paint, Shredding event

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

When:  Saturday, Oct. 22 2016. 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)

What:  Shredding event.  The limit is up to two banker boxes of documents per household.  DocuShred will have a shredder on site and residents can witness their documents entering the shredder.  This will be available until the truck reaches capacity.

What:  Paint Recycling: Epaint Recycling Solutions will give residents the opportunity to dispose of those old paint cans that are taking up valuable shelf space. Good News! Epaint Recycling is now excepting Oil Based and Latex Paints for recycling. Charges apply as follows:

Latex Paint:

quart = $1.00/can

gallon cans = $2.00/pail

5 gallon pail = $9.00/pail

Oil Based Paint/Stains:

quart = $4.00/can

gallon cans = $8.00/pail

5 gallon pail = $20.00/pail

CASH ONLY to be paid to Epaint Recycling Solutions.

What:  Electronics Recycling:  

Elgin Recycling will provide electronics recycling to include computers, small appliances, electronic toys, copper wire and more… Click here for a list. Televisions and monitors will incur a charge as follows:

$25 per each TV/monitor up to 21” (not including LCD monitors)

$35 per each TV/monitor 22” and above (not including LCD monitors)

$55 per each wood console/rear projection TV

$5 per each LCD monitor

$5 additional charge for any of the above with a cracked or broken screen

Both cash and major credit cards will be accepted.

Cash or Credit to be paid to Elgin Recycling at the event.

Not Accepted:

Hazardous waste, oil, antifreeze, clothes, fire extinguishers, large appliances, and anything that is not listed above.

For more information, dial 311 within the Village of Schaumburg or contact the Engineering & Public Works Department at (847) 882-3586.

August 16, 2016, 7:00 am
Filed under: Pharmaceuticals

MedicationWhat:  Hanover Park residents can now properly dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications, medicated ointments and shampoos, liquid medicines in original non-leaking containers, prescription and over-the-counter inhalers, and glass thermometers containing mercury.

  • Pills and liquid medication bottles should be placed in zipper top plastic bags.
  • Medications may be disposed of in their original containers, but personal prescription information should be removed from containers.
  • Labels on medications are not required.
  • The RxBox Program does not accept sharps.When:  24 hours a days, seven days a week.

    Where:  The RxBox, is located in the Hanover Park Police Department’s front lobby at 2011 W. Lake Street in Hanover Park.

    Who:  Medications may only be brought in by residents.

    Please take advantage of this wonderful service!

July 28, 2016, 10:46 pm
Filed under: Electronics, Recycling

Electronics RecyclingIf you miss some of the electronic recycling events in Schaumburg Township, it is always possible to turn to ABT in Glenview.  They have a very active recycling program and accept a wide variety of items.

Who:  ABT (a large electronic and appliance store).  Open to the public.

Where:  1200 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Glenview

When:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 1pm to 7pm.   Closed: Wednesday and Sunday

Simply bring items to the merchandise pickup area of the store and they’ll take them from you there. Small appliances and electronic devices are recycled completely free of charge. However, the following fees apply to recycling TVs:

  • Tube TVs 27 Inches and Smaller: $25
  • Tube TVs 32 Inches and Larger: $50
  • Flat Panel TVs 32 Inches and Smaller: $20
  • Flat Panel TV 33 Inches and Larger: $35
  • Projection TVs: $75

Large quantities of computers or other electronics will also be accepted, at a cost of $0.40 per pound.

They also take in wood pallets, cardboard, paper, batteries, plastic (industrial wrap only), Styrofoam (white only).  We do not accept glass, light bulbs including Christmas lights, cd/dvd/vhs tapes, and white Styrofoam peanuts.

For more information, see their Green Program here: