Come to the Green Side

November 27, 2011, 7:00 am
Filed under: Cameras

If you’re like me, you have mulitple old film cameras sitting around the house collecting dust.  Maybe it’s time to think about recycling them–or at least one or two.  And it really couldn’t be easier.

Wolf Camera & Image at 500 W. Golf Road in Schaumburg has a dropoff bin for you to quickly and painlessly recycle your out of date cameras.  Their hours are:
10:00 to 8:00 Monday thru Friday
10:00 to 6:00 Saturday
11:00 to 5:00 Sunday

There’s no need to wait for an electronics recycling event.  Take advantage now!


November 14, 2011, 7:23 pm
Filed under: Upcoming Events

America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling in the United States. One day to educate and motivate. One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year. Get involved!

This blog is updated every week and we attempt to post all of the local recycling events and activities in the Schaumburg Township area.  Recycling helps your backyard, your community, your state, your country and your world.  Stay involved locally and change the world!

November 13, 2011, 7:00 am
Filed under: Mail, Recycling

Are you receiving scads and scads of unwanted catalogs and would really like to get off the mailing lists?  If so, here’s a website where you can solve that problem.

This is a nonprofit organization that lets you opt out, for free, from individual catalog titles.  As Stephanie Zimmerman said on her page The Fixer in the Sun-Times, “It’s a great way to reduce clutter and save trees–and the merchants like being able to refine their marketing lists to remove people who don’t want their stuff.”

November 6, 2011, 7:00 am
Filed under: Green Info

 The information below is from representatives of SWANCC (Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County and SWALCO (Solid Waste Agency of Lake County).

1.  Shredded paper needs to be put in a CLEAR plastic bag in your recycling bin in order for it to be recycled.

2.  On the other hand, do NOT put plastics, glass or metal in plastic bags in your recycling bin.  Material should be loose.  If it is in a plastic bag, the material will not get recycled at the sorting facility.

3.  Plastic #6 polystyrene (Styrofoam) cannot be placed in a recycling bin.  It is NOT able to be recycled.

4.  Beginning January 1, 2012, the Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act landfill ban for certain electronic devices will take effect.  Electronic items such as televisions, monitors, computers and printers will no longer be allowed in your trash.   It will be necessary to find an ongoing electronics dropoff facility (like the Village of Hanover Park’s Public Works garage) or save them for special Electronic Recycling dates (like the Schaumburg and Hanover Park Recycling Events.)

5.  As far as household cleansers go, a good rule of thumb is “Anything that smells good is bad for you.”

6.  The best type of scented candle to buy is made from soy and beeswax. 

7.  Due to the status of the Illinois State budget, hazardous waste recycling is in jeopardy.  Use it now if you have old cleaners, antifreeze, fertilizers, pesticides, etc.  The nearest facilities are in Rockford, Naperville and Chicago.  Check here for addresses.   SWALCO also offers collections at various spots in Lake County throughout the year.  Check their website for dates, times and locations:

8.  Your plastic cereal box liners can be recycled along with your other plastic bags at your local Jewel and Kohl’s stores.