Topic: Community Events

Recycling Drive – Aug 13 in Marengo

Posted on August 9, 2016 by - Community Events

On Saturday, August 13th, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County (EDMC) will conduct a recycling collection from 9am until noon at Marengo City Hall, 132 East Prairie St, Marengo, IL. They continue to collect certain items which are not usually accepted by curbside programs, and which would be harmful to the environment if put in a landfill.

The group will NOT be accepting Styrofoam at their drives because there currently is nowhere for them to recycle it. EDMC is continuing to look for alternatives.

Because of the costs to get these items properly disposed of, a monetary donation will be requested, with specific fees for fluorescent bulbs, batteries, monitors or televisions.

-Fluorescent tubes (50¢ to $1 each)

-Batteries (household, rechargeable, car, and button) (50¢ per pound of household batteries.)

-Cloth items—clothing, linens, or just plain rags, clean and in a bag. You can also bring shoes, tied together by their laces and placed in the bag.

-Re-useable bubble wrap

-Electronics – televisions, computers, phones, printers, electronic toys, microwaves, etc. (most anything that plugs in or runs on batteries) A donation is requested to recycle TVs and computer monitors (50¢ per pound up to maximum of $40 per set)

-VHS & cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs, etc.

-Aluminum cans

Donations and fees offset the costs of transportation and proper recycling. EDMC is a local non-profit, and receives no government funding to offer this service to the community.

Environmental Defenders’ recycling drives are held on the second Saturday of each month, at various locations in the county. For information about the recycling schedule and types of materials accepted, visit the group’s website at mcdef.org/recycling or find it on Facebook at facebook.com/EnvironmentalDefenders.

An alternate site for electronics (including televisions & monitors) & batteries is Chicago Logistic in Elgin 847-429-1926.

What’s up with Styrofoam?!?!

Posted on July 21, 2016 by - Community Events

For the time being, we will no longer be accepting Styrofoam at our drives or other pick-up locations throughout the county. Currently, there is no market for it. The company we were taking it to will not take it, so we are stuck with all that we have collected recently! Yikes!

We will continue to look for alternative recycling options, but for now, we must say no.

Meanwhile, we have bags of packing peanuts for sale at the office. $4 – $7 depending on the size of the bag.

Prairie Planting Events

Posted on May 23, 2016 by - Community Events

Through the Friends of Hackmatack we’ve received hundreds of prairie plants, compliments of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, that need to get into the ground. Can you help plant them?

If you are available, please help us out at the following planting events.  Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle, gloves and your favorite shovel and hand trowel. We’ll have water and snacks.

 

Here are some scheduled planting dates you are invited to join:

  • Thurs. May 26, 5 – 8 p.m. planting at O’Brien Prairie (SW corner O’Brien Rd & Rt. 47, south of Hebron, IL at the roadside rest area).  If you can only come for part of the time, we would still appreciate your help.  Please email envirodefmc@gmail.com to let us know if you can join us.
  • Sat. June 4, 10 am-Noon, planting at the Defenders’ property (meet at the Soil and Water Conservation District Building, 2222 S. Dean St., Woodstock).  Our members’ Pancakes on the Prairie event is that morning at 9 am.   We’re hoping you will come and enjoy the breakfast and then stay after to help with the planting.   Reservations are requested to help know how much food to buy. So please email envirodefmc@gmail.com to RSVP if you plan to attend the breakfast before the planting.  If you can’t get there for breakfast, but would like to help with the planting, please arrive by 10 a.m.

Thanks in advance for your help in providing monarchs and other pollinators the habitat they need to survive!

Spring Garage Sale

Posted on May 17, 2016 by - Community Events

The garage is getting full!

Shopping starts Thursday, May 19 through Saturday, May 21 from 9am until 4pm at the Algonquin Township Road District garage, 3702 U.S. Route 14, between Crystal Lake and Cary (drive back to the beige garage on the right).

Lots of treasures this year, including a battery powered lawn mower, small aquariums, Wedgwood plates, Disney character collectible ornaments, and old school desk, beautiful side chair, lawn chairs, wood file cabinets, pictures & frames, vintage SciFi magazines, and lots more!

The Defenders have been involved with diverting things from the landfills for over 45 years. Doing a garage sale is a form of recycling. Buying second hand items instead of new ones keeps things out of the landfills, saves you money, and supports a McHenry County non-profit.

The Basics of Earth Day History

Posted on April 14, 2016 by - Community Events, Environmental Tips

The first Earth Day was celebrated in1970, and is considered the birth of the modern environmental movement.  Before 1970, the health of the environment was not a common concern, even as industry poured chemicals and smoke into the air. In 1962, Rachel Carson, an ecologist from Pennsylvania, published a book called Silent Spring. The book became a best seller and raised public awareness of environmental concerns.

After the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif., Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator for Wisconsin, organized a nationwide demonstration against the pollution and the deterioration of the environment. The protest was held on April 22, 1970. Approximately twenty million Americans joined the demonstration in support of a healthier and more sustainable treatment of the environment.

5k EcoRun

Posted on March 30, 2016 by - Community Events

Proceeds benefit McHenry County Conservation District, Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, and Woodstock Morning Rotary Foundation

Competitive and recreational participants welcome at this chip timed certified event.

Register online www.Rotaryecorun.org before April 20, $25 (includes T-shirt)

Race day check-in: 8:15–9:30 a.m.
Race start time: 10:00 a.m.
Rain or Shine! Awards in eight age bands immediately following race.

Parking and free shuttle from:
Faith Community United Church of Christ, 2023 IL Rt. 176, Crystal Lake

Earth Day Celebration 2016

Posted on March 30, 2016 by - Community Events

hosted by the Conservation District and Environmental Defenders of McHenry County

Saturday, April 23 • 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake

The event is held both indoors and out and will go on rain or shine!

Live Musical performances by: Ken Lonnquist with Dave Adler at 11:30am & 2:00pm

Guided Nature Hikes Games and CraftsPuppet ShowsOver 20 Environmental Exhibitors
Food & Beverage Vendors on site: Toasty Cheese & Pop’s Premier Kettle Corn; or bring your own “No waste” picnic lunch.
Carpool to the event with friends to enter the raffle for a free picnic shelter reservation.

HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING DROP OFF: A variety of items will be accepted for recycling including athletic shoes, batteries, fluorescent tubes and polystyrene foam. Check back prior to the event for a complete list of accepted items and any associated drop-off fees.

CCL’s 50-Letter Challenge

Posted on March 28, 2016 by - Community Events

The McHenry County Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby is undertaking a 50-Letter Challenge where we are trying to get at least 50 letters to deliver to Rep. Randy Hultgren in April. These letters will express our appreciation for his years of service, but also express our concerns about climate change.

Below is a form letter that you are invited to write what you are most concerned about regarding climate change and return to the McHenry County Chapter of CCL.

You can do this by either printing out the letter, write your answer to the statement “I am concerned about climate change because… and then snail mail to EDMC, Or

You can print out the letter, write your answer to the statement, then scan your completed letter and email it back to EDMC.

Please help us achieve our goal of receiving and delivering at least 50 letters to Rep. Hultgren from his constituents who are concerned about climate change. Our goal is to complete the Challenge by Saturday, April 30.

If you have any questions, please let me know.   Thank you.

Pat Dieckhoff and Lois Johnson, Co-Liasions for Rep. Hultgren
McHenry Co. Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby
50-Letter Challenge

Green Drinks – April 6, 2016

Posted on March 23, 2016 by - Community Events, In the News

Join us at April’s Green Drinks as we celebrate Earth Day! April 6 from 5-7, at Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main Street in Crystal Lake. We’ll focus on trees and the services they provide for us. We’ll have some local tree seedlings free for the first folks who arrive, thanks to the Arbor Day Foundation and a generous donation.

Our program will be provided by Ed Weskerna, who is the District Manager of the McHenry – Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District (MLSWCD). Ed attended Western Illinois University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy in 1978. Ed has been with the MLSWCD since March 1984.

SWCDs work to sustain natural resources to meet the needs of a growing population. For example, for the past 50+ years the McHenry –Lake SWCD has promoted trees as means of increasing wildlife habitat, reducing soil erosion by wind and water and conserving energy by promoting residential and farmstead windbreaks.

Green Drinks is sponsored by the Environmental Defenders and Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen.

Recycle Those Political Signs!

Posted on March 17, 2016 by - Community Events, Environmental Tips, In the News

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is collecting political signs and sending them to New Vision Renewable energy, www.nvre.org.

New Vision Renewable Energy, a nonprofit organization based in Philippi, West Virginia., has distributed solar LED lights in over 28 countries around the world. Ruston Seaman, president and CEO of New Vision Renewable Energy, noted that the light panel is created, in part, from recycled political signs and assembled by disadvantaged students in West Virginia. We hope you will take a look at their website to get a more complete understanding of what New Vision Renewable Energy is about.

If you do not plan to re-use your signs following the election, we hope you will consider making them available to donate to this organization.

Your signs may be brought to the Defenders Recycling Drive in Woodstock on April 9, from 9 AM to Noon, at the Soil and Water Conservation District building, located at the southeast corner of Route 14 and Dean Street.

If that opportunity does not work for you, signs may be delivered to Chicago Logistic Service, 501 Davis Road, Elgin, Illinois, any time at the back of the building.

We will also be able to accept them at the Earth Day event, at Prairieview Education Center in Crystal Lake on April 23, from 11 AM to 4 PM.