Free-For-All Used Books – Sunday, Oct 9 Only

Posted on October 8, 2016 by - Community Events, Member Events

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! :) )

What should I put in the recycling bin?

Posted on October 3, 2016 by - 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.

Some Other Ways to Cut Down on Plastic

Posted on September 26, 2016 by - 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.

EDMC Seeking Support to Reopen Styrofoam Recycling Sites

Posted on September 23, 2016 by - 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

DEFENDERS’ RECYCLING DRIVE – Richmond, September 10th

Posted on September 7, 2016 by - Community Events, Member Events

On Saturday, September 10th, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County (EDMC) will conduct a recycling collection, which is open to everyone in the county and beyond, from 9am until noon at Richmond City Hall, 5600 Hunter Dr, Richmond, 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 this time because there is nowhere 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) 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 www.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.

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the environment. The group provides the community with educational programs and volunteer action on pollution prevention, sustainable land use and energy and natural resource conservation. Donations are encouraged and are tax-deductible as charitable contributions.

EcoFilm Screening – “The Burden”

Posted on September 7, 2016 by - Community Events, Member Events

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On Wednesday, September 21, EDMC with co-sponsor Citizens Climate Lobby, will present the documentary “The Burden”.

Doors will open at 6:30 and program begins at 7:00.

Retired Navy Commander Cliff Lee will address the audience after the screening and will take questions.

The documentary addresses the issue of fossil fuels/climate change and effects on national security. It also looks at what the military is doing to become more energy efficient.

Why is reducing the amount of waste we generate an important value to build?

Posted on September 1, 2016 by - Environmental Tips

Check out these numbers:

Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour, most of which are thrown away!

Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1 million sea creatures every year.

A modern glass bottle takes 4 thousand years or more to decompose.

About one-third of an average landfill is made up of packaging material.

We toss out two billion plastic razors, a million and a half tons of paper towels, and 12 billion disposable diapers annually.

The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world’s people generate 40% of the world’s waste.

Something to think about from the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County.

Annual community cleanup of Fox River set for mid-September

Posted on August 29, 2016 by - Community Events, In the News

Published: Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016 5:30 a.m. CDT

ALGONQUIN – McHenry County residents will be able to help clean up the Fox River by participating in the ninth annual “It’s Our River Day” celebration Sept. 17.

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and the village of Algonquin are sponsoring the local celebration of the statewide initiative from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cornish Park, 101 S. Harrison St. The initiative was created in 2004 by the Illinois River Coordinating Council and former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to create awareness of the state’s major waterway.

Volunteers will help clean up the Fox River while learning more about local environmental groups. Some local organizations participating in this year’s river cleanup event include the Land Conservancy of McHenry County, Illinois Paddling Council, Algonquin Rotary Club, Friends of the Fox, Sierra Club and McHenry Conservation District.

There also will be a live water rescue demonstration provided by the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District during the event.

Event co-coordinator Cynthia Kanner, with the Environment Defenders, said about 70 to 100 volunteers attended the celebration last year.

“It’s a day to just to celebrate the Fox River,” Kanner said. “We’d love to have more people come down this year and help appreciate that part of the river.”

http://www.nwherald.com/2016/08/26/annual-community-cleanup-of-fox-river-set-for-mid-september/aebp9wb/