Come to the Green Side

March 31, 2017, 7:00 am
Filed under: Shredding event

Shredding eventWHAT:  Berkshire Hathaway–Starck Realtors Shredding Event.  4 bag limit.  Bag size no larger than a 13 gallon bag.

WHO:  Area residents welcome.  No businesses please.

WHEN:  May 6, 2017.  9:00 – 11:45 a.m.

WHERE:  Berkshire Hathaway–Starck Realtors, 181 S. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale

There will be two lines–an express drop off line and a line for those who want to watch their documents being shredded.





March 29, 2017, 8:25 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Elk Grove Village, in partnership with Elk Grove High School is hosting its first Earth Day Recycling Event!

The event is scheduled for:  Saturday, April 22, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. at the Elk Grove High School Parking Lot, 500 W. Elk Grove Boulevard.

This recycling event is for items that cannot be disposed of through the village’s weekly curbside program.  Items collected will include:


  • Motor oil
  • Anti-freeze
  • Paint (Latex or Oil)
  • CFL Light Bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Clothing
  • Bicycles
  • American Flags
  • Eyeglasses
  • Fire Extinguishers

This event is open to SWANNC member communities.  In Schaumburg Township, this includes Elk Grove Village and Hoffman Estates.  IDs will be checked for resident status.    

Electronic items will be accepted at the village’s Electronics and Document Destruction Event on Saturday, June 3.  

March 29, 2017, 7:00 am
Filed under: Green Program, Upcoming Events

Green Fair 2The Schaumburg Township District Library and the Environmental Committee of the Village of Schaumburg are sponsoring an Environmental Fair on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 12:00 to 3:00 at the library.

Come and learn about all things “green” by

  • Visiting booths
  • Attending workshops to build a bird feeder, learning to attract songbirds to your garden, and using natural landscaping to attract and feed pollinators
  • Participating in demonstrations on how weather systems are created
  • Picking up printed information and giveaways
  • Collection of eyeglasses, keys and cell phones.
  • Recycling Avenue small electronics collection.

Recycling Avenue will accept a variety of small electronics.  Televisions and CRT monitors will NOT be accepted.

Booth participants in the library’s lobby will include:  Spring Valley Nature Center, The Tomato Lady, Schaumburg Garden Club, Schaumburg Bicycle Club,  Gifts of the World Fair Trade, Hoffman Estates Garden Club,  Northwest Cook County Group of the Illinois Sierra Club, Illinois Solar Energy Association, Master Gardeners, Habitat for Humanity ReStore and SCARCE.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore will NOT have a collection this year but will be represented at a table in the lobby.

A craft project for kids, ages 8-14 will also be held during the fair.  Registration is not required.

Come one, come all for an afternoon of Coming to the Green Side!

March 16, 2017, 7:00 am
Filed under: Water

Mayor McLeod, the Village of Hoffman Estates, and the Wyland Foundation have challenged Village businesses and residents to conserve water and save energy.  If you or your business make a pledge from now until March 31, 2017, you will be entered to win a piece of art picked out by marine life artist and conservationist Wyland.

The annual National Mayor’s Challenge, in support of conservation, asks residents to pledge to save one of our most precious natural resources (water!) through simple at-home efforts that can make a real difference. The Challenge is a community service campaign created specifically to boost conservation and education efforts.

Residents who wish to participate:

  1. Go to;
  2. Make simple, easy-to-do pledges to save our natural resources;
  3. See how much water your pledges save;
  4. If your city wins, you are eligible to win prizes!

Join Mayor McLeod, the Village of Hoffman Estates, and the Wyland Foundation in the National Mayor’s Challenge to preserve our natural resources!

Text used, courtesy of the Hoffman Estates e-newsletter.

March 4, 2017, 7:00 am
Filed under: Gardening

Beginning Monday, April 3, 2017, the Village of Hoffman Estates will be reserving plots in the community gardens. Residents can rent a garden plot for $25 per plot.   Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis by calling 847-490-6800 or email at, beginning at 8:30 A.M.  No calls or emails will be accepted before that time.

Calls and messages received after 8:30 a.m. and left on voicemail or email will be recorded with the date and time called in.

When requesting a plot by voicemail or email, be sure to include your name, address, phone number, garden location (north or south), and your top three preferred plot numbers.  Plot assignments will be on a first come, first serve basis.  Residents will only be able to reserve one plot.  Requests for additional garden plots will be put on a waiting list, and assigned only if space remains available after the initial sign-up.


March 1, 2017, 7:00 am
Filed under: Gardening

native-plant1In celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day, Spring Valley and the Schaumburg Community Garden Club is sponsoring their annual Native Plant Sale and Backyards for Nature Fair.  Pictures and descriptions of native wildflowers, grasses, trees and shrubs are online at

Pre-orders are being accepted through Friday, May 5.  Quantities and varieties cannot be guaranteed for orders received after a certain date.  Once your form is completed, payment will be accepted in the form of credit card or check made payable to Spring Valley Nature Center.  All sales are final.

Pre-Order pick-up is:
Saturday, May 20 from 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 10 AM to 2 PM

Please visit on Sunday, TENT SALE DAY, as additional plants and shrubs may be available for purchase on that day!

The address for Spring Valley is 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL.

A shuttle bus service will be available on Sunday for additional parking.  Overflow parking is at the administration building of District 54, 524 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.   Assistance will be provided to load your plants onto the bus for the return trip to District 54.

For more information, call 847/985-2100 or keep an eye on their website.