Category: Environment

Donna Crane

Solar industry’s future lies in lightweight technology

First of two parts Solar industry’s future lies in lightweight technology. Scientists are developing flexible, thin-films that will be more resilient and have wider uses than current solar technology. John Fialka, submitted the following report online November 30 for Scientific American (E&E News). “Now that solar energy is competitive with...

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• Styrofoam Recycling: Kane County Division of Environmental Resources reminds everyone that no city recycling program in Kane County can recycle No. 6 plastic or polystyrene. DART Container Corporation, 310 Evergreen Drive, North Aurora, will accept polystyrene blocks and clean food containers. Items that are not accepted are straws, cup...

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Bryant Sheehy from the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise shares information Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora members about the non-profit organization ImagininGuatemala. The Naperville Club hopes to raise an additional $5,000 for the charity which is committed to working with the poor of Guatemala. ImagininGuatemala has installed 32 water tanks to provide a clean way to store water which is provided by the government of Guatemala.

Rotarians raise funds to provide clean water in Guatemala

Bryant Sheehy from the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise shares information Monday with the Rotary Club of Aurora members about the non-profit organization ImagininGuatemala. The Naperville Club hopes to raise an additional $5,000 for the charity which is committed to working with the poor of Guatemala. ImagininGuatemala has installed 32...

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• Plastic bag recycling: Kane County Division of Environmental Resources reminds everyone not to put recyclable materials in plastic bags inside of the recycling collection bin. All recyclable items should be loose in the collection bin. Plastic Bags are the No. 1 contaminant at sorting facilities. Plastic bags and plastic...

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Holiday lights recycling in Naperville

The Naperville Park District eighth annual holiday lights recycling program, in partnership with Elgin Recycling, will continue through February 1, 2019. Residents and businesses are invited to bring their old, non-working lights to any of the following locations: • Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Avenue. Hours of...

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• Kane County’s Recycling collection event: The Kane County Electronics Recycling Program will include two daily drop-offs locations. There is a fee for TVs and computer monitors, both tube and flat screen, of $25. for screens under 21 inches (measured diagonally) and $35. for screens 21 inches and larger. The...

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• Household Hazardous Waste collection: The City of Naperville household hazardous waste (HHW) drop-off facility, 156 Fort Hill Drive, next to the Public Works Service Center, will accept many types of household waste from all Illinois residents. The facility is open Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,...

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• Kane County’s recycling guidelines: On average one in four items placed in a recycling cart is not recyclable, which has led to increased contamination. Plastic containers such as bottles, tubs, jugs, and jars are allowed, but flexible plastic packaging, pouches, bags, and wraps are not recyclable. Other items not...

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• Kane County’s Recycling collection event: The Kane County Electronics Recycling Program will have its next one-day event Saturday, Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. to noon at 540 S. Randall Road. There will be document shredding available with a limit of four boxes. Electronics, books, and latex paint will be...

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• Pumpkin recycling in Kane County: Kane County, in conjunction with Pushing the Envelope Farm and Northern Illinois Food Bank, will offer a free pumpkin recycling event in Geneva from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 3 at Pushing the Envelope Farm, 1700 Averill Road in Geneva. Pumpkins must not...

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• Bliss Woods habitat restoration work day: A habitat restoration work day will be held at Bliss Woods Forest Preserve from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 27. Attendees will collect and distribute native seeds and cut and stack invasive brush and trees. Please wear long pants, long sleeves, gloves...

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Oswego Fall leaf collection in three zones

Free Fall leaf collection has begun in Oswego and will run through Friday, Dec. 7, or until major snowfall prohibits collection, whichever comes first. Exact collection dates vary by zone: • Zone A includes all properties west of the Fox River, Hunt Club subdivision, and all properties east of Fox...

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Naperville leaf collection under way

The Naperville’s bulk curbside leaf collection program started this week. This program will provide every neighborhood with three collection opportunities during the program’s six-week period, weather permitting. To participate, residents must rake leaves into the street next to the curb in front of a house by 6 a.m. on the...

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Aurora Police Department seeks to purchase drones

An Aurora Police Department request to purchase four drones and equipment to operate them in the amount of $56,500 will be on the unfinished business portion of the Tuesday, Oct. 23 Aurora City Council agenda. Alderman-at-large Robert O’Connor, who leads the Finance Committee, asked Tuesday at the Committee of the...

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• Montgomery quarterly recycling event: The next quarterly recycling event for Montgomery residents will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Public Works facility, 891 Knell Road in Montgomery. Montgomery residents who participate in the Village’s trash contract with DC Trash can drop off anything...

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Aurora Recycling event

Free Electronics Recycling Day in Aurora October 27

The  Aurora (Ill.) city government, in partnership with Will County government, will be host to a free Electronics Recycling Day Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bednarcik Junior High School, 3025 Heggs Road, Aurora. All items are free to recycle, including televisions, but registration is required. Due to the high demand for...

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Aurora Annual Leaf Collection Program will begin Monday

Aurora residents can dispose of their leaves for free as part of the city government of Aurora’s Annual Leaf Collection Program. The free Fall Leaf Collection Program will begin Monday, Oct. 15 and will end Friday, Dec. 7. Leaves must be put into a 30-gallon Kraft paper yard waste bag...

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• Oswego household hazardous waste recycling event: The event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at 1000 Station Drive, Oswego, is open to all Illinois residents. Household hazardous waste items are materials purchased for cleaning or maintaining a home and include: Oil-based paints, household batteries, used motor...

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Oswego Named Green Power Partner Community

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Oswego as a Green Power Partner community, in recognition of its dedication to using 100 percent renewable energy for its Electrical Aggregation program. In Oswego, the Village government has contracted with clean energy provider MC Squared to purchase most of the energy and...

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