Come to the Green Side

October 31, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Rain Barrels

Rain barrels are available to any Elk Grove Village resident through a program the village has set up with Steiner Electric.

When:  Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where:  Steiner Electric
                1250 Touhy Avenue
                 Elk Grove Village
How much:  $64 plus tax
How:  Rain barrels are available at the Will Call counter.  Only cash or checks are accepted.
Questions:  Mike Cavallini, EGV Directory of Health and Community Services at 847-357-4242.


October 24, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Energy, Light Bulbs

Beginning in 2012, the incandescent light bulb will be phased out over a period of time through 2014 as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act passed by Congress in 2007.

100 watt bulbs will be phased out in 2012.
75 watt bulbs will be phased out in 2013.
60 and 40 watt bulbs will be phased out in 2014.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs are expected to be the leading replacements for standard incandescent light bulbs, at least at first.  These bulbs use less energy to emit the same levels of light as the incandescent bulbsWhile more expensive, these bulbs last longer and are more energy efficient. 

CFL bulbs must be recycled, however, in a safe manner.  The villages of Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg accept their residents’ bulbs for recycling as does any Ace Hardware.

October 17, 2010, 7:03 am
Filed under: Cell Phones, Recycling

What:  The Village of Hanover Park will be collecting cell phones in the dropbox in their Village Hall Lobby.
Where:  Hanover Park Village Hall
2121 W. Lake Street
When:  The month of October 2010
Who:    Proceeds from the collection of deactivated phones fund the mission of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) to end violence in the home.

“FUEL”, Film & Discussion with the Filmmakers
October 15, 2010, 11:18 pm
Filed under: Environmental programs

When:  Wednesday,  October 20, 2010  Film at 5:15 p.m. Discussion at 7:00
Where:  Harper College, Building E, Room E106
How much:  FREE
Who:  Co-sponsored by Harper College Campus Activities Board and Whole Foods Market

FUEL is a comprehensive and entertaining look at energy in America: a history of where we have been, our present predicament and a solution to our dependence on foreign oil.

Directed by environmentalist Josh Tickell, the film includes appearances by Naomi Klein, Richard Branson, Woody Harrelson, Van Jones, and Robert Kennedy. FUEL won Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival and was short-listed for an Academy Award nomination.

October 3, 2010, 8:00 am
Filed under: Electronics, Recycling

When:  Saturday, October 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where:  Motorola Campus, Gate A
                 1301 E. Algonquin Road
Who:  Sponsored by Motorola, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and Supply-Chain Services, Inc. 
Info:  847-576-2356 or 847-523-3705

Only these items are accepted:

  • Computers–laptops and desktops
  • Computer peripherals and accessories:  monitors, computer cable,
    mice and keyboards, scanners, printers, zip drives and personal digital assistants (PDAs)
  • Entertainment equipment:  televisions, MP3 players, video game consoles, video cassette recorder/players, digital video disk players or similar video devices
  • Cellular telephones
  • Stand-alone facsimile machines

Only residential-generated electronics will be accepted.  Businesses, institutions, schools and churces are prohibited from participating.