LaGrange Leaf Recycling to Start on October 6th
The Village’s fall leaf pick-up program will start Monday, Oct. 6, and continue through to Nov. 26. Leaves will generally be collected every other week by the Public Works Department from each Village street. Leaves may be raked to the curb and street gutters to be removed by the Village’s Public Works Department. Read details here.
Village of Westchester Schedules Monthly Electronics Recycling Events
Saturday, Sept 13th, and Oct 11th from 9am to noon continue this year’s Village E-Waste (electronics recycling) events which are sponsored by the Environmental Sustainability Commission. Computers, television sets, phones, laptops, printers, scanners, video games and basically anything electronic. This year, the ESC will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the Westchester Food Pantry at the recycling drop site. This event is intended for the recycling of household items. Details here.
First National Bank of LaGrange to Sponsor Shredding Event on Oct. 17th and 18th
First National Bank of LaGrange will be offering free paper shredding on Friday and Saturday, October 17th and 18th in the parking lot of First National Bank of LaGrange, 620 W. Burlington Ave. The company R4 Services will be collecting any paper that is dropped off and transporting it back to their company to shred on site. This free service is available to anyone.
Fracking Bill Dies in the Illinois Legislature
A bill that sought to make radical changes to the “Fracking” bill passed last year died at the last minute in the Illinois State Legislature. This means that, for now, it will not be possible for energy companies to get around the rule-making process the bill requires. Rule-making is expected to be time consuming, so this defeat is considered to be a victory for groups opposed to Fracking. Read the Sierra Club story here. And read the Chicago Tribune story here.
Go Green LaGrange Publishes Updated Waste Reduction Guide
Go Green LaGrange proudly announces its updated Waste Reduction Guide! Want to know where to recycle almost anything locally? This is the place. Download the guide here.
Composting Can Reduce Your Trash Volume and Improve Your Garden
More food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in municipal solid waste (MSW). In 2010 alone, more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated, with only three percent diverted from landfills and incinerators for composting. Interested? The EPA has lots of information here.
Check Out This Blog That Focuses on Sustainability
CustomMade Products, a Boston company focusing on new products has put together a very nice blog about sustainable Surroundings, Living, and Industry. Have a look at their site.
Local Resident Seeks LEED Certification for New Home
The Lewendowski family decided they wanted to build a LEED certified home - the first in La Grange. It’s been a long, strange trip, but it’s happening! You can read about their plans and progress to date on their blog.
EPA Site Provides Resources for Living Green
Our actions impact the environment. Today we realize that each thing we do can help or hurt our planet in many ways. We all need to take ownership of environmental protection. EPA has tools to help you learn and understand the issues and help you reduce your environmental footprint. Learn more at EPA's Sustainability site.
Our interactive blog for assessing the science behind the debate. Current resources for Climate Modeling, Alternative Energy Options, and Green Economics - links to current work that tries to set the record straight.