Come to the Green Side

May 24, 2018, 11:05 pm
Filed under: Rain Barrels

What:  Rain Barrels ($60) and Home Composters ($80) for sale

Who:  Spring Valley Nature Center

Where:  1111 E Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194

When:  8AM to 8PM

Further Info:  847-985-2100



September 20, 2016, 7:00 am
Filed under: Rain Barrels

Rain barrelThe Villages of Hanover Park and Hoffman Estates and The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago are teaming up to offer FREE rain barrels.

Orders will be accepted through mid-December, 2016.

For the Hanover Park form, click HERE.

For the Hoffman Estates form, click Here.

Rain barrels are large containers that capture rainwater at the end of a downspout and store the water for later use, for example in watering plants or washing cars. Using water from rain barrels lowers water bills, helps reduce flooding, and can have a dramatic impact on water quality in our rivers and streams.

The 55-gallon barrels are made from reused plastic and come equipped with a spigot, a screw off lid, a garden hose threaded overflow, and screen in the top to help keep out mosquitoes and debris.

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.

April 9, 2010, 6:29 pm
Filed under: Rain Barrels

As part of the National Library Week festivities and our effort to Go Green, Save Green, the Schaumburg Township District Library is sponsoring a Rain Barrel drawing extravaganza!

Ten rain barrels have been beautifully  painted with weather-resistant materials and are on display in the lobby of the Central Library.  The following groups generously stepped up to do the decorating:

  • Conant High School Art Club
  • Lauren Ramsey and Brianna Saviano from the Schaumburg High School Art Department
  •  Teen Corps
  • STDL Youth Services Department program participants
  • Hoffman Estates Art League
  • Schaumburg Park District
  • Schaumburg Garden Club
  • Prairie Woods Audubon
  • STDL Reference Department
  • STDL Extension Services Department

Tickets for the rain barrel drawing may be obtained from the Check-in Desk from Sunday, April 11 to Saturday, April 17. There is a limit of 5 per person with the suggested donation being $1 per ticket.  Proceeds will go to the Schaumburg Township Food Pantry. 

Stop by, take a look and enter the drawing for the rain barrel that would look best under your downspout!

February 21, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Environment, Rain Barrels

Rain barrels are a wonderful way for the homeowner to extend the use of the rainwater that pours down from the roof of their house.  Any Schaumburg Township residents interested in purchasing a reasonably priced rain barrel(s) now have a few options.

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Rain Barrel Purchase Program
Visit to reserve up to two barrels per household at a cost of $50 per barrel.  Distribution takes place the first Tuesday, first Thursday and first Saturday of each month in Skokie, Cicero and Chicago. 

Village of Hoffman Estates
The Village plans to arrange a pre-order for rain barrels with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.  Residents would reserve a rain barrel and then pick up the purchased barrels at a Village facility later this spring.  Call the village at 847-781-2669 or email them at to reserve your barrels now. 

Village of Schaumburg Park District
Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary continues to take orders through April 1, 2010   with barrels ready for pick-up in early May. Those ordering will be contacted when barrels are ready. Barrels come with instructions for installation and care as well as directions on how to paint (if desired).
For more information, please contact Spring Valley at (847) 985-2100.