Woodstock, IL – October 21, 2016- On October 18th, The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County sent information regarding the dangers of coal tar sealants to over 250 establishments throughout McHenry County. Recipients included city/village leaders, Park, Road and School Districts, hospitals, libraries, daycare centers and theaters. Included in the information was a six-page factsheet from the United States Geological Survey, which concludes that coal tar sealants contain extremely high levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon compounds (PAHs), “which have been known to cause cancer, mutations, birth defects or death in fish and other aquatic organisms.” Coal tar is a known human carcinogen and asphalt sealant, therefore, is recommended for sealing paved surfaces.
The Environmental Defenders strongly encourages that our communities cease the use of coal tar sealants on pavement and reports that eight municipal and township members of the Barrington Area Council of Governments (BACOG) adopted a resolution in January 2016 committing to not purchase or apply coal tar or other high PAH sealants.
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Posted on October 26, 2016 by Christy - Environmental Tips
Posted on October 26, 2016 by Christy - Community Events
In McHenry County, the first Wednesday of each month is Green Wednesday!
Our next gathering is November 2, 2016, from 5pm – 7pm
Neil and Carmen Boyer will be on hand to share the rehab project they have been working on for the past two years.
“We will tell our story of the why we wanted to tackle a rundown, empty and ugly building in Crystal Lake. We will include how we found the building, what we needed to do to have the building rezoned, our time line, information about the materials and products used, and the end results. We are happy to share our fun and often challenging rehabbing experience.”
Tentative future topics:
December 7, 2016: Wine
Join us at Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main Street in Crystal Lake. Head upstairs at Duke’s for info and inspiration, business and pleasure. Come talk about “greening” the future with others. Must be 21 to purchase alcohol – non-alcoholic drinks are available, of course!
We have an information table set up, and you are welcome to bring information about your green products and services each month to share.
Additional parking is available at the train station.
Green Drinks McHenry County is sponsored by the Environmental Defenders and Duke’s Alehouse.
Posted on October 24, 2016 by Christy - Environmental Tips
One of the most important things you can do if you want a healthy natural world is to get out and vote for candidates that have strong environmental values and who will act on those values.
To accomplish the large goals of affecting change when it comes to industrial pollution, preservation of open space, keeping our waterways clear and clean, reducing the impact of fossil fuels, promoting clean energy, and so forth, it can’t be done without political will and strength.
To get help on who to vote for, seek out organizations such as the Sierra Club that endorse candidates with strong environmental records and values. For candidates in local races, have discussions with individuals and friends who are involved in local politics, research voting records and even simply ask the candidates about their positions.
Finally, share your opinion to support the issues and each other, and most certainly cast an informed vote in every election.
On Saturday, October 15th, you are invited to “make a difference” for monarchs and other pollinators by helping with restoration efforts at two roadside prairies in the county as part of the national “Make A Difference Day” celebration.
Volunteers will be removing invasive species and collecting trash at the O’Brien Road Prairie at the corner of Hwy 47 and O’Brien Road, Harvard, and at the Triangle Prairie at the corner of Lake Street and Hwy 14 in Woodstock.
The event will begin at 2 p.m. and conclude at 5 p.m.
Volunteers are asked to wear work clothes, gloves and boots and to meet at the O’Brien Road Prairie at 2 p.m. The event will shift to the Triangle Prairie once work is completed at the O’Brien Prairie.
All necessary equipment, water and snacks will be provided. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Nancy Schietzelt at 815-356-1710.
The Defenders have taken on the care of these prairies once again after planting thousands of native plants at these sites many years ago. As part of the statewide initiative to increase habitat for pollinators, we once again planted hundreds of natives at these sites in the Spring. Now it’s time to cut out invasive species in these roadside prairies to allow the natives to thrive. Come help us make a positive difference in our environment and enjoy some time outdoors!
Holy Cow! You’ve been waiting for this! Environmental Defenders still has lots of books left over from our Big Fall Book Sale, and we would rather give them away than recycle them.
Free-For-All Used Books
Sunday, October 9, starting at 10am
Algonquin Twp Road District, 3702 US-14, Crystal Lake. Last garage on the right.
Books! Books! Books! More Books!
Giveaway starts at 10am – don’t be late – we start boxing them up to go to the recyclers around 11am! (yes, you can still go through what’s on the tables after that, but if it’s in a box, you have to take the whole box! )
Posted on October 3, 2016 by Christy - Environmental Tips
To raise the rate of what gets recycled at curbside, be careful not to contaminate the recyclables in your collection bin.
Here’s what most recycling companies will take for sure: newspapers, paper, magazines and cardboard; glass bottles and jars; plastic containers, such as from soft drinks, milk, ice-cream, margarine and yogurt; aluminum, such as soft drink cans and foil trays; and steel cans. Rinse all containers or wipe them out doing your best to make sure they are free of food.
What can be recycled or reused and but NOT into your curbside recycling bin: plastic bags; plastic wrap; shredded paper (this can go in your garden organics bin); clothes; electronics – anything that plugs in and uses energy, car parts and appliances, paint. Although these things can be recycled, they must go to a recycling center or collection drive for specific sorting and handling.
Toys, clothing, bedding, furniture and other usable stuff can be donated for another use. Don’t throw that stuff in any bin. Check out the McHenry County Green Guide and the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County for more help.
Posted on October 3, 2016 by Christy - Community Events
Due to the unprecedented number of books we received for this sale, we have decided to begin the $5 per bag sale RIGHT NOW!!!
Posted on September 26, 2016 by Christy - Environmental Tips
Use matches for campfires, candles, etc. over disposable plastic lighters which sit in landfills for years or get eaten by birds and animals leading to their death.
Buy boxes, not bottles of laundry detergent or other cleaners. Cardboard can be more easily recycled and made into more products than plastic.
Reuse glass and plastic containers. Instead of throwing them away or recycling food containers, reuse them for food storage,packed lunches and restaurant leftovers.
Lastly, don’t buy juice in a plastic bottle. Instead, make your own or simply eat fresh fruit. Not only does this cut down on plastic waste, but it’s also better for you because you’ll be getting more vitamins and antioxidants and less high fructose corn syrup.
For a healthier you and a healthier earth, reduce your plastic use.
Posted on September 23, 2016 by Christy - Community Events, In the News
WOODSTOCK – In July of 2016, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County reluctantly ended their Styrofoam recycling program and closed their many drop-off sites. The increased popularity of the program resulted in rising costs due to greater and greater quantities of collected material. Additionally, the Defenders were limited in the number of responsible recyclers that would accept the material. Thankfully, the Dart Corporation recently reached out to them to provide logistical support once the Styrofoam is collected. However, financial resources are still needed to provide transportation and labor getting foam to and from collection sites, once they are reestablished. This is the reason the Defenders just launched a fundraising campaign called “Cloud Based Styrofoam”. They are seeking donations to fully fund three to five years of the collection program, to reopen local sites and to expand efforts into neighboring communities. Read more about the campaign at Generosity.com or by clicking this link: https://goo.gl/ygPa6s
With the news attention being given to the plight of the program through the Chicago Tribune and Northwest Herald newspapers, by WBBM radio and, recently, through a story aired on WGN’s 10:00 news, the Defenders are looking forward to catapulting the Styrofoam recycling campaign forward. If you have questions, please contact the Environmental Defenders office at 815-338-0393, or Ken Santowski directly, at 847-910-2985