Monthly Archives: December 2015

EDMC SUSPENDS JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2016 RECYCLING DRIVES

Posted on December 22, 2015 by - Community Events, In the News

Due to the unprecedented volume of electronics recently received at the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County’s (EDMC) monthly drives, it is necessary to suspend the January 2016 McHenry and February 2016 Woodstock recycling drives.

In the last two months of 2015 the amount of electronic waste received was triple the monthly average due to the size and quantity of televisions and monitors dropped-off. As a not-for-profit, volunteer organization EDMC cannot continue to sustain the cost and transport of recycling electronics in these quantities.

EDMC has provided additional recycling services to McHenry County communities for over 45 years. The organization has adapted to many changes to continue accomplishing its environmental goals. Because electronics recycling regulations are in flux and profits have been reduced, most recyclers have completely stopped taking televisions and many have simply shut their doors. The Defenders cannot handle this increased amount of e-waste recycling.

The Defenders are urging local governments to provide a solution to meet the needs of their citizens. EDMC hand-delivered proposals to 17 municipalities and 17 townships in McHenry County detailing how to establish an electronic recycling drop-off site. This would provide residents a convenient, local place to responsibly dispose of all electronics. Municipalities or townships have numerous options for setting up collections, with costs possibly as low as $1 per household per month. This needs your support!

Contact your local representative (village, city or township) and ask that person to support the proposal described above: Municipal representative‒ http://bit.ly/CityVillageContact or Township representative‒ http://bit.ly/TownshipContact

For electronic recycling, please visit the Green Guide at mchenry.edu/Recycling/greenguide.pdf

For TV or computer monitor recycling please contact Chicago Logistic Service (847) 429-1926

Earth Friendly Ways to Celebrate

Posted on December 21, 2015 by - Environmental Tips

Give a gift to a local charity.  Find the organizations that work toward the goals, missions, and values your friends and family want to support, and make a donation in the gift recipient’s name.  Do this even for the kids to take the emphasis off consumption.

Skip paper and plastic products.  Bring out the family China, silverware, and cloth napkins–even for breakfast!

Take a Christmas Walk and Make it a Tradition.  Get outside to appreciate what nature has to offer.  Gaze at the clouds and the stars; notice the local flora and fauna, and hear the quiet sounds of nature.  Notice what makes a holiday different from our regular hustle and bustle days.

Give the Gift of Time.  Relax with friends and family, and be kind to yourself by spreading visits out.   Only memories last forever, so make good ones.  Peace everyone, and happy holidays.

Alternatives to Gift Wrapping

Posted on December 10, 2015 by - Environmental Tips

Possibly half of the paper America consumes each year is used to wrap and decorate presents!  That makes the annual trash from gift wrap and shopping bags over 4 million tons.

Here’s how to lessen the impact:

  • Use environmentally friendly wrapping paper, paper from recycled content.
    Avoid buying glossy foil or metallic wrapping paper.  It’s difficult to recycle, and it has no value for use as mulch since it contains heavy metals.
  • Reuse gift wrap when possible. Opening large gift packages with care will help, and save those fancy ribbons and bows for re-use.
  • Make the gift wrap a part of your gift by using a scarf or towel to wrap the gift. Click here to learn Furoshiki – the Japanese art of wrapping and carrying things with a square of cloth.
  • Use leftover wallpaper, fabric scraps, old maps, sheet music or even the Sunday funnies with a festive bow – use raffia, twine or other natural materials instead of non-recyclable ribbon.
  • Gift bags with a little tissue paper can be used year after year and are a quick and easy way to wrap. Save boxes and ribbons to reuse.

If everyone wrapped just three gifts in reused paper or fabric gift bags, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 hockey rinks.

Check out our other holiday tips here.

Happy Holidays!

Office and Green Spot Holiday Hours

Posted on December 1, 2015 by - Community Events

The Defenders’ office will be closed December 24 through December 28, and December 30 through January 1st. Regular hours will begin on January 4th.

The Green Spot Bookstore will be closed on Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th for the Christmas holiday. The store will be open on Saturday December 26th.

The Green Spot will be closed on Thursday, December 31st for New Year’s Eve and Friday, January 1st for New Year’s Day holiday. The store will be open on Saturday January 2nd.

Enjoy your Holidays!

Green Computing

Posted on December 1, 2015 by - Environmental Tips

In terms of computing, modern life requires enormous amounts of energy.  The only way to be absolutely green is to never use a computer, but that is not a possibility in today’s world.  However, we can still be more sensitive to the environment as we use our devices, and it is not about doing less.  It is about the responsible use of resources.

Here are three ways to put that idea into action:

  • Stop yielding to marketing hype and buying more computer than you need.
  • Screens and monitors use a lot of energy.  Reduce the brightness to the lowest level you can comfortably read.
  • Before recycling, try keeping your computer in service.  Sell or give it away to someone who will treasure it. That is the greenest option most of the time.

Being green is about being environmentally aware and responsible.  Get on board computer geeks, and happy computing
Read more at http://livinggreenmag.com/2014/10/13/green-business/three-steps-greener-computing/#v1YWvpli01XbYEq6.99