Topic: In the News

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

Clean Energy and Environment Town Hall Meeting

Posted on September 28, 2015 by - In the News

State Representatives Barbara Wheeler and Michael Tryon, and State Senator Pamela Althoff will be hosting a Clean Energy Forum on Thursday, October 1st, from 6-8pm in the Shah Center at McHenry County Community College. Experts from several environmental organizations will give information on the proposed Illinois Clean Jobs bill. Rep. Wheeler, Rep. Tryon, and Sen. Althoff will give their take on Illinois energy issues. The Shah Center is located at 4100 W Shamrock Lane in McHenry. The public is invited to attend this event on Thursday, October 1, from 6-8pm. The speaking program will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., while refreshments and a tour of MCC’s solar installation will be provided thirty minutes before and after the speaking program.

This Town Hall event is being held because state legislators will be making important decisions about the future of energy in Illinois this year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently made history by announcing that for the first time, it will require carbon to be treated as a pollutant. This gives Illinois the chance to move towards a cleaner, more reliable and affordable energy economy while creating thousands of jobs.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Illinois Environmental Council at iec@ilenviro.org or RSVP online at ilenviro.org/mchenryenergy