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recycling icon Recycling

NEXT drive: July 14- 5600 Hunter Drive, Richmond.  9AM to NOON (or until truck/s filled).  Please check back frequently for updates AND join the Environmental Defenders to receive information directly through our eNews and newsletter, EarthConnect.

NEW GREEN GUIDE!!!  Download here:   Green Guide or A-Z Guide


volunteer iconVolunteer Opportunities for EVERYONE.
  • Green Spot Book Store
  • Recycling drives
  • County Fair
  • Big Fall Book Sale
  • Garage Sales
  • Contact us to be added to our VOLUNTEER ONLY list. 




Support The Environmental Defenders through workplace giving! For more information on how you can contribute call us at 815-338-0393.

One of the easiest ways to donate to The Environmental Defenders is by contributing to EarthShare in your workplace charity campaign.


Our Mission:

“In order to protect all living things, the Environmental Defenders is dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the natural environment in McHenry County.  As a citizen organization, we are committed to building sound ecological relationships between people and the natural world that supports all life.”  Founded in 1970.

To achieve environmental preservation and improvement, we provide our members, and the broader community, with volunteer and environmental advocacy opportunities as well as educational programs.  Our work is accomplished through volunteer committees that focus on specific areas of environmental and conservation concerns.  All are welcome to join a committee and make a difference. Some topics we address include:  pollution prevention, sustainable land use and energy and natural resource conservation. We advocate for policies that protect drinking water supplies and conserve land for open space and agriculture.  We encourage natural resource protection through native landscaping and stream protection programs. We advocate for plastic reduction in every day life and encourage alternative transportation practices to the auto. We demonstrate waste reduction through recycling drives and special collection sites. We also enjoy McHenry County outdoors together through kayaking its rivers and biking, walking or skiing its many trails.  Take a closer look at our website and committee work, peruse our calendar…and please, join us. 

“Many Hands Make Light Work,”  John Heywood.