Category Archives: Community Events


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‒ or Township representative‒

For electronic recycling, please visit the Green Guide at

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

Office and Green Spot Holiday Hours

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!

Restoration Workday at Wingate Prairie

Saturday, November 14th
9 – 11:30 a.m.

On Saturday, November 14, 2015, the public is invited to help protect the Sleepy Hollow Creek Watershed by removing invasive species from Wingate Prairie in Veteran Acres Park in Crystal Lake. This restoration workday will be jointly sponsored by the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and the Silver and Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition. The goal for the day will be to improve the water quality in Sleepy Hollow Creek by helping to restore native species and increase plant diversity in the area by removing invasive species such as buckthorn and honeysuckle.

The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m. Volunteers are asked to wear work clothes, gloves, and boots and to meet at the Crystal Lake Nature Center, 330 North Main Street in Crystal Lake. All necessary equipment as well as water and snacks will be provided. Come help us make a positive difference in our environment and enjoy some time outdoors!


November 7th – Come to this wonderful FREE event that will host over 70 local businesses and organizations which offer green products and services.

In addition to the vendors, there will be some wonderful interactive exhibits and displays for everyone to enjoy! There will be a special exhibit on electric cars, fly casting and snow shoeing demos, a model tiny house and more!

The event will go from 10-3 pm in the MCC Gym/Multi-Purpose Room at McHenry County College, as well as outside! Questions? Contact Kim Hankins or Tish Powell at (815) 479-7765.

Thank you Crystal Lake Trash Talk Participants

Thank you for coming to the Crystal Lake Trash Talk Event, Tuesday, October 20, 2015. Many great conversations took place regarding how to start a recycling program; what to research before starting a program; how to contact a hauler; what equipment is available and needed; and how to obtain additional recycling sources.

The Trash Talk events are an opportunity for businesses to sign up for a complimentary solid waste audit from the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and Ecossential Solutions ( or 847-651-0429).

Congratulations to the winners of the Get Started! Door Prize: Lloyd’s Paint & Paper Shop and our newest Environmental Defender Business Member, Countryside Flower Shop & Nursery!

Thank you to our Sponsors who made this event possible:

Downtown Crystal Lake / Main Street

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County

Ecossential Solutions, Inc.

Star 105.5 McHenry County

City of Crystal Lake, IL

McHenry County Department of Health

Chicago Logistic Service

Waste Management

Rock River Environmental Services

Duke’s Alehouse and Kitchen

Marvin’s Toy Store

Conscious Cup Coffee Roasters

Wickham Interiors Inc

Interstate All Battery Center of Fox River Valley

Akasha Yoga Center

Kitchen Outfitters

Material Girl Crystal Lake

We have created a survey and ask you to fill it out as soon as possible to help us decide how to best follow up with each of you,

Again, thank you all for participating in our event. We look forward to working with each of you to get recycling started at your business.

Movie Night: “Merchants of Doubt”


October 27th – Come join the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby as well as MCC’s Sustainability Center in a Movie Night. Doors will open at 6:30 for a 7:00 screening of “Merchants of Doubt” which covers how a group of scientists ran campaigns to deny established scientific fact for decades leading to a misunderstanding of some of the most pressing health and environmental issues of our time, including climate change! The screening will take place at MCC’s Luecht Conference Center.

Crystal Lake Talks Trash – a Community Recycling Event

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and Teagen Andrews, Commercial Recycling Program Advocate from Ecossential Solutions Inc., are hosting Crystal Lake Talks Trash, a community event on the benefits of small business recycling.

Crystal Lake Talks Trash
October 20, 2015
Two sessions: 8:00 – 9:30 am & 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Crystal Lake City Hall
100 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake IL 60014

These events will highlight strategies to help small- to medium-sized businesses save money with environmentally sound waste management practices. Recycling and reusing materials in a business is an easy way for business owners to cut waste management costs while benefiting the environment.

The branding company, Landor Associates, found that, “77% of consumers say it is important for companies to be socially responsible.” This social responsibility includes the company’s environmental impacts and the steps taken to minimize environmentally harmful operations.

These events are open to all businesses and residents of Crystal Lake and the surrounding communities. We will also be joined by Crystal Lake city officials and waste haulers for a wide-range of dialogue.

Small business owners interested in starting a recycling program will be provided with information on how their business can benefit as well as actionable information for starting a program! This includes the Defenders’ Small Business Recycling How-to Sheet and opportunities for Defenders’ business memberships. Business owners can also talk to a Sustainability Consultant from Ecossential Solutions Inc. for additional information on the pros and cons of commercial recycling.

What else is in store? A review of resources available to cut waste management costs for small- to medium-sized businesses, interaction time with Waste Management and MDC representatives regarding the actual costs of business recycling, community discussions on the benefits of commercial recycling, networking while enjoying food and beverages, and a free entry ticket to the Crystal Lake Small Business Drawing for each attendee.

Come celebrate Crystal Lake’s continued efforts to promote environmentally beneficial business and community goals with the Crystal Lake Talk Trash event!

“Merchants of Doubt” – movie screening

“Merchants of Doubt” covers how a group of scientists ran campaigns to deny established scientific fact for decades leading to a misunderstanding of some of the most pressing health and environmental issues of our time, including climate change.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015. Doors open at 6:30pm, screening begins at 7pm.

MCC’s Luecht Conference Center, 8900 US-14, Crystal Lake.

Make a Difference Day

On Saturday, October 24, you are invited to “make a difference” by helping with restoration efforts at The Defenders’ Kishwaukee headwaters property on Dean Street in Woodstock as part of the national “Make A Difference Day” celebration.

Volunteers will be removing invasive species and collecting trash around the perimeter of our property as well as the Soil and Water Conservation District property. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at noon.

Volunteers are asked to wear work clothes, gloves, and boots and meet at the Soil & Water Conservation District building at 2222 Dean Street (corner of Dean and Route 14).

All necessary equipment, water, and snacks will be provided. If you have any questions about this event, please contact the office.

Come help us make a positive difference in our environment and enjoy some time outdoors!

Big Fall Book Sale

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County are holding their annual Big Fall Book Sale at the Algonquin Township Road District garage, 3702 U.S. Route 14, between Crystal Lake and Cary (drive straight back to the last garage on the right).

This year, there will be twice as many books! There is an amazing variety of books and music – everything from kids’ books to popular fiction, science to biography, CDs to vinyl record albums, and everything in between!

Friday, Sept 25: 6pm-8pm $10 admission fee for non-members

Saturday, Sept 26: 8am-4pm

Monday-Saturday, Sept 28 through Oct 3: 10 am– 4 pm (closed Sunday)

There will be a Preview Sale on the evening of Friday, September 25th from 6pm-8pm. There is a $10 entry fee for non-members, allowing participants first choice of the books.

Friday and Saturday, October 2nd and 3rd will be a Bag Sale – $5 per bag.