The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and The Village of Algonquin are sponsoring the 8th annual “It’s Our River Day” celebration and clean-up. The event will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm at Cornish Park along the shoreline of the beautiful Fox River in historic downtown Algonquin. This is a local celebration of the statewide “It’s Our River Day,” now in its 11th year.
Local conservation groups will give brief presentations and participants will have the opportunity to meet representatives from different environmental, outdoor and governmental groups, as well as “green” businesses. Adults and kids will enjoy learning about the environment by visiting booths with educational information, volunteer opportunities, kids activities, and more.
The Sierra Club will provide bags and gloves for the shoreline clean-up at the main location at Cornish Park. Everyone is welcome to lend a hand with the clean-up. The event is free and open to the public. Groups are welcome.
For more information contact the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County at 815-338-0393; Cynthia Kanner, event co-organizer, at 847-309-8582; or The Village of Algonquin at www.algonquin.org/eco .
Since 2007, EDMC has been working the admission gates for the McHenry County Fair. This is a lot of fun, and has turned into a very good fundraiser for our group. (And you get free admission to the fair on the day you work!)
Nancy will be making calls, but YOU can sign up now to get your favorite spot!
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/LiNkkT
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
JOIN THE FUN!!!!
Support what you believe in and come walk with the Environmental Defenders in a parade or two (or three) this summer. No experience required. All ages and persuasions, members and non-members are welcome. Help us promote our message of caring for the environment and our future while collecting empty recyclables from parade spectators. It is a total hoot and we need YOU to make a BIG impact!
Crystal Lake is Sunday, July 5th
McHenry is Sunday, July 19th
Algonquin is Saturday, July 25rd
Contact Sue Jensen through Defenders office or Facebook page ASAP!
Do something different this summer – You won’t regret it. (Recruit some family or friends to join us as well. It’s so much more fun with a buddy!)
Members’ Field Trip!
Defenders’ members will have a unique opportunity to tour Chicago Logistic Service (CLS), a trucking business located in Elgin that also accepts clean, used Styrofoam for repurposing as part of their commitment to helping the environment.
CEO of CLS, Ken Santowski, who is also a board member of The Environmental Defenders, has been collecting Styrofoam from area towns, such as Algonquin and The Village of Lakewood, both of which have set up dedicated Styrofoam collection areas as part of their commitment to recycling and conservation, for several years. Ken also collects Styrofoam at The Defenders’ regular monthly recycling drives in Woodstock and McHenry. After the Styrofoam is collected it is processed through a densifier where it is broken down into small pellets, which are then sent to companies for upcycling into other products.
There are two tours scheduled to learn more about CLS, about Styrofoam and how it is transformed into other products, and to observe the densifier in action. We hope that one or both of these timeslots work for you. Please RSVP to The Defenders’ office two days in advance of each date (see below).
The two separate tours will take place:
Sunday, June 28th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 1st from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Address: CLS, 501 Davis Road, Elgin
“We believe that recycling turns material that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. That is why we have become a full service Recycling Center; we donate over 1K in labor and trucking services monthly to recycling.” Ken Santowski
Thursday, May 14 through Saturday, May 16, from 9am – 4pm
The sale is located at the Algonquin Township Road District complex, 3702 U.S. Highway 14, between Crystal Lake & Cary (next to the Hollows), drive back to the big beige garage on the right!
We always have a great assortment, including housewares, small appliances, dish sets, glassware, books, DVDs and CDs, furniture, tools, bicycles, toys, electronics, etc.
Reuse is better than recycle!
In preparation for their annual spring garage sale, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County will be taking donations of gently used items on Saturday, May 9th, and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 11-13, from 10 am until 3 pm, at the Algonquin Township Road District garage, 3702 U.S. Route 14, between Crystal Lake and Cary (drive back to the last beige garage on the right).
What type of things will be accepted? Just about anything that is re-sellable, with a few exceptions: small appliances & electronics must be in working order, no monitors or TVs, no clothes, no baby carriers or cribs, no large appliances or upholstered furniture. Not sure if they’ll take it? Email or call !
“The Defenders have been involved with diverting things from the landfills for 45 years, and 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,” said EDMC’s fund raising committee.
Sale dates for the garage sale are Thursday-Saturday, May 14-16 from 9am until 4pm.
Adding Value: Food Scraps & Energy Savings
Tuesday, April 7 1:30pm-4:00pm
Complimentary Event for any interested food establishments: restaurants, school and institution cafeterias, supermarkets, etc.
McHenry County College
8900 Route 14
Crystal Lake IL 60012
April 30, 2015 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Ganek Municipal Center 2200 Harnish Drive, Algonquin
This event focuses on the impact recycling can have for your Algonquin business and the local community. From saving money to creating a more positive public image, this event is a can’t miss opportunity for your business! Information is also provided for businesses to start a recycling program in Algonquin.