Come to the Green Side

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. 



July 25, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Green Info, Green Tips

Ever wonder if that oven cleaner or lighter fluid or antibacterial soap or kitty litter really is bad for you?  And if it is, what is the ingredient that makes it so harmful?  Who would possibly track that sort of information?

The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services now has a Household Products Database whose sole purpose is to provide health and safety information on household products. 

Not only do they list common products and their harmful ingredients, but they also list the name of the  manufacturer, their address and their phone number.  Cross references are available for other products by the same manufacturer, products with similar usage and products with some of the same ingredients.

Try the database here.  You may–or may not– be glad you did!