Come to the Green Side

November 22, 2013, 7:00 am
Filed under: Holiday Tips, Light Bulbs, Recycling

Now that it’s time to start thinking about taking the holiday decorations down, you might want to consider recycling any of the strands that you’re tired of, didn’t work or those that kept going out intermittently.   The Village of Schaumburg can help you keep this out of your trash and give you a convenient location to drop off those light strands.

Take them to:
Engineering and Public Works Building
714 S. Plum Grove Road
Receptacle is in the lobby next to the CFL bulb and battery recycling boxes.
Monday through Friday 8-4


December 26, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Holiday Tips, Local Drop-off Sites

If you are a Hoffman Estates resident and you don’t get your tree out to the curb on pickup day, you have an option.   You are welcome to drop it off at no charge anytime between Sunday, December 26 and Friday, January 8. 

Drop-offs may be made at the Public Works building at 2405 Pembroke Ave. or next to Fire Station 23 at 1300 Westbury Drive.  Signs will direct residents to drop-off areas at both locations.

If you bring your own container, you are also welcome to get free wood chips on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more info, contact Public Works at 847-490-6800.

December 12, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Holiday Tips


It’s not necessary to create more garbage over the holidays when throwing a party.  Consider these green tips that keep your work, trash and expenses to a minimum!

  • Instead of a big dinner, have a potluck.  Or, prepare a big pot of soup, salad, bread and a simple dessert.  Around the holidays people will appreciate both the meal they don’t have to prepare and the lack of excess calories.
  • Serve as much local food and drinks as possible.  Use a local brewery or winery and get the word out.
  • Instead of sending a paper invitation, use and do it all online.  If you do send paper invitations, do it with a postcard only and lose the envelope.
  • Skip the cut flowers and decorate with potted poinsettias, evergreen boughs, pine cones and ornaments. 
  • Instead of buying throwaway dinnerware, get out the china, extra glasses and cloth napkins.  Sure, cleanup isn’t quite as easy but think how much less trash you’re going to produce.  Besides, when is the last time you raided your china cabinet and linen closet for a party anyway?
  • Dim the lights and get out those candles that are hiding behind closed doors.  It will set a nice mood.
  • Get your recycling bins ready for the bottles and cans that will surely be generated by the celebrating.
  • Set a good example for your guests with your green adaptations and get them thinking!    

December 13, 2009, 7:01 am
Filed under: Green Tips, Holiday Tips


1Unplug appliances and decorations when not in use.  A power strip makes this convenient.

2.  Entertain with reusable or compostable cups, plates, silverware, napkins, etc. at your party instead of disposables.

3.  Wrap presents in the Sunday comics and magazine pages or package gifts in previously used holiday tins, gift bags, wrapping paper, cloth bags, baskets or boxes.  After the presents have been opened and admired, find what’s usable, fold it and save for next year.

4.  Make gift tags or postcards with cards from last year. Detach the front of the card and write your message on the back.

5.  Shop with reusable bags.

6.  Pair rechargeable batteries with electronic gifts.

7.  Buy holiday cards made from recycled paper.  Or make your own creative cards on recycled paper.  Be selective when deciding how many holiday cards to send.

8.  Recycle broken or used Christmas lights through Holiday LEDS or Christmas Light Source.

9.  Compost your fruit and vegetable waste from holiday dinners.  Try not to overbuy either.

10.  Chip or put out for recycling the Christmas tree and pine bough wreaths.




1.  Sprig Adventure Series.  These toy vehicles are a composite of recycled wood and reclaimed plastic—no paint, so no lead.

2.  Idbids.  These plush “iddy-biddy” creatures are 100% organic Egyptian cotton and colored with organic dyes.  Each one comes with a storybook.

3.  Green Toys.  These classic toys constructed from recycled milk containers are made 100% in California so the parts aren’t shipped from overseas.

4.  Let’s Go Green. This site sells eco-friendly products for the home.

5.  Worldwise.  This company manufactures pet products that are made from natural, recycled, reclaimed or certified organic materials.

6.  Visit SWANCC’s eco-friendly marketplace for products that are easy on our environment or are made from natural materials.