Come to the Green Side

March 26, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Local Drop-off Sites, Recycling

Schaumburg Township, in conjunction with Recycling Avenue, is now accepting small electronic items for recyling.  Dropoff is available at the Township offices at 1 Illinois Blvd. in Hoffman Estates during their  8:30-5:00 hours.
Currently accepting:  cell phones, DVDs, game consoles, print cartridges, digital cameras, digital video recorders, laptops and notebooks.
Not accepting:  monitors, printers, PCs or toner cartridges.


When NOT To Use A CFL Bulb
March 15, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Green Tips

Lighting accounts for close to 20% of the average home’s electric bill.  CFLs use up to 75% less energy than incandescent light bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.  However, there are instances when CFLs are NOT the best option.

  • In vibrating fixtures (i.e. ceiling fans, garage door openers) as vibration can cause the CFL to fail.
  • In recessed lights as some fluorescent ballasts are unreliable in ambient temperatures over 120 degrees.  This can sometimes be a problem in enclosed or recessed ceiling fixtures in the heat builds up.
  • With a dimmer switch unless you buy a CFL designed especially for dimmers.
  • In fixtures turned on/off frequently, as CFL bulbs work best if they are left on for over 15 minutes each time they are turned on.  Frequently switching them on and off will shorten the life of the bulb. 

Source:  Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce and Industry Newsletter.

March 8, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Environment, Hazardous Wastes

Even though the IEPA has not yet released the 2009 schedule of rotating household chemical waste collections, you can still do your part and take your household’s waste to one of these long-term facilities.

Fire Station #4
1971 Brookdale Rd.

1311 N. Estes St.
Appointment required at 847-336-9340 or

Rock River Reclamation District
3333 Kishwaukee Road



March 1, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

The Village of Schaumburg is now collecting CFL bulbs and household batteries.  These items may be dropped off at both the Village Hall and the Public Works Building.  The Village Hall is at 101 Schaumburg Court and the Public Works Building is at 714 S. Plum Grove Road.  Think green and drop off those bulbs and batteries!