recycling icon Recycling

We apologize for closing our recycling drive early on March 11. The volume of items filled our semi early on in the drive and without another truck available that morning due to unforeseen circumstances, we could not accommodate everyone. Please be patient as our Waste Reduction committee works through this for future drives.  Thank you!

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volunteer iconVolunteer Opportunities

  • Green Spot Book Store
  • Recycling drives
  • County Fair
  • Big Fall Book Sale
  • Garage Sales
  • Phone person
  • Speakers Bureau


Spig 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.”
To achieve the aim of environmental preservation and improvement, we provide the community with educational programs and volunteer action on pollution prevention, sustainable land use and energy and natural resource conservation.We advocate policies which protect drinking water supplies and conserve land for open space and agriculture. We demonstrate waste reduction through recycling drives and reuse centers. We encourage natural resource protection through native landscaping and stream protection programs.