Post-Holiday Recycling!

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season! For information regarding Christmas tree recycling, how to safely recycle old Christmas lights, and wrapping paper recycling, see below!

Wrapping paper

Most gift wrap is recyclable, except plastic wraps or metallic papers. All cardboard and paperboard packaging is also recyclable. Please reuse ribbons and bows or discard in the trash.  If you do not have curbside recycling where you live, you may utilize the Town of Normal’s drop-off locations.

Christmas trees

Residents of Bloomington and Normal enrolled in those municipalities’ waste collection programs may dispose of their real (non-artificial) Christmas tree by placing it at the curb for collection on your regularly scheduled waste collection day. As these trees will be chipped into mulch, please be sure to remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, etc. Please do not put your tree or any other waste in the street.

For residents outside of Bloomington or Normal, please check with your local municipality for tree collection options. If you do not have tree collection service at your home or in your municipality, Twin City Wood Recycling will accept your tree for chipping into mulch at their facility at 1606 W Oakland Avenue in Bloomington at a cost of $2 per tree. Call (309) 827-9663 for more information and operating hours.

Christmas lights & other e-waste

Illinois law bans most consumer electronics from landfills–they must be recycled instead. Residents can recycle strings of Christmas lights, cords, and related electronic items, regardless of condition, at one of the many locations listed below.

Did Santa bring you a new TV? Note that only two local sites now accept the older tube-style CRT TVs and monitors for recycling. See “Items Accepted” for each of the e-waste recycling collection points below.

Location: Best Buy, 2103 N Veterans Pkwy Suite 200, Bloomington, 309-663-8090
Items Accepted: Computers, computer accessories, monitors, televisions up to 32″ (flatscreens up to 60″), all types of radios, VCRs, cameras, etc. Damaged or non-working items accepted. Customers are limited to bringing in 3 units per day per household.
Items Not Accepted: appliances, microwaves, TVs that are consoles, rear-projections, or DLPs or larger than 32″, items with freon such as air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators. No business generated waste.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am-8:00 pm

Location: Home Sweet Home Warehouse Operations, 1700 W Washington St., Bloomington, 309-828-1530
Items Accepted: Computers, laptops, printers, fax, scanners, copiers, peripherals, phone systems, all types of radios, VCRs,
Microwaves, toaster ovens, hair dryers, curling irons, cash registers, cameras, blenders, and other small appliances. Damaged or non-working items accepted. All types of cell phones, pagers, PDAs and their chargers, cables, and headset accessories
All of the small computer accessories such as MP3 players, iPods, digital cameras, hand- held scanners, handheld games and other connected devices. All forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, and virtually all other type of computer tapes (ONLY at Mission Mart location)
Items Not Accepted: No CRT (tube-style) TVs or monitors, no VHS tapes or audio cassettes, no business-generated waste
Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:00 am-4:00 pm, 24 hour drop-off

Location: Habitat For Humanity ReStore, 1402 W Washington, Bloomington, 309-454-6047
Items Accepted: Computers, laptops, printers, fax, scanners, copiers, peripherals, phone systems, all types of radios, VCRs, Microwaves, toaster ovens, hair dryers, curling irons, cash registers, cameras, blenders, and other small appliances. Damaged or non-working items accepted. All forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, and virtually all other type of computer tapes. All forms of printer cartridges including both inkjet and toner. All types of cell phones, pagers, PDAs and their chargers, cables, and headset accessories. All of the small computer accessories such as MP3 players, iPods, digital cameras, hand- held scanners, handheld games and other connected devices.
Items Not Accepted: No CRT (tube-style) TVs or monitors, no VHS tapes or audio cassettes, no business generated waste
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00 am-5:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Location: Normal Public Works Garage, 1301 Warriner St., Normal, 309-454-9571
Items Accepted: Computers, laptops,televisions, monitors, printers, fax, scanners, copiers, peripherals, phone systems, all types of radios, VCRs, microwaves, toaster ovens, hair dryers, curling irons, cash registers, cameras, blenders, and other small appliances. Damaged or non-working items accepted.
All forms of electronic media: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, and virtually all other type of computer tapes. All forms of printer cartridges including both inkjet and toner. All types of cell phones, pagers, PDAs and their chargers, cables, and headset accessories. All of the small computer accessories such as MP3 players, iPods, digital cameras, hand- held scanners, handheld games and other connected devices.
Items Not Accepted: No VHS tapes or audio cassettes, no business generated waste
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00 am-2:30 pm; the first Saturday of every month 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Summer hours 6:00 am-1:30 pm (Memorial Day through Labor Day)

For more information on recycling, hazardous waste disposal, and more, you can always consult other sections of this or call us at 309-454-3169.

Illinois Sustainable Living & Wellness Expo

Explore Living Well & Living Green in Central Illinois at the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo with up to 100 exhibitors and informative presentations. This interactive event celebrates Creating Healthy Communities by blending ideas for green alternatives and celebrating and promoting the many services and groups that promote healthy living, a healthy earth and healing. The ISLWE is McLean County’s major Zero Waste event.  With the help of Midwest Fiber, who accepts all food waste for composting, this event is planned and managed to avoid any generation of waste that cannot be recycled, reused, or composted!  In 2012, with approximately 4,000 attendees, only 20 pounds of waste was landfilled.

Speaker: President Felipe Calderon

Calderon served as President of Mexico from 2006 to 2012. Previously, he was Mexico’s Secretary of Energy (and as such chaired the boards of state-owned petroleum and power companies PEMEX and CFE) and director of Banobras (National Bank of Public Works and Services). Currently he is a member of the Advisory Council of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), member of the Board of the World Resources Institute and chairman of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. He has been honored as a world leader on environmental issues, and is founder and president of the Sustainable Human Development Foundation, where he works to analyze and propose viable policy alternatives for Mexico and promote low carbon development alternatives for the world.

Home, Lawn and Garden Day

Home, Lawn and Garden Day
Turn March into magic with educational classes, inspirational speakers, and horticulture treasures from a variety of exceptional businesses and artisans at the 15th Annual Home, Lawn and Garden Day sponsored by University of Illinois Extension McLean County Master Gardeners. This event will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, March 4 at Central Catholic High School, Bloomington. Pre-registration is required before February 23.
Attendees select four workshops from 39 trending horticulture topics and also attend the welcome and keynote sessions. Local Certified Floral Designers will open the morning by inspiring us all with “Floral Arrangements: So Alike yet So Different” as they use like flowers to produce unique arrangements, all while sticking to the principals of design. Keynote speaker, Chris Benda, botanist and President of the Illinois Native Plant Society, will talk on “Illinois Wildflowers in the Home Garden” and how to create a native habitat in your yard. A $50 registration fee includes workshops, vendors and exhibitors, lunch, door prizes, and silent auction. For more information and to register online, please visit go.illinois.edu/HLGD. Registration is open January 9 through February 23. For more information about the program, please contact us at University of Illinois Extension- McLean County Office at (309) 663-8306

CANCELLED: Dr. Gro Brundtland: “Our Common Future: Sustainable Development & Addressing Climate Change”

2/16/17 UPDATE: EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS

Dr. Brundtland was the first female prime minister of Norway, serving three terms.  In addition, she served as the Director-General of the World Health Organization from 1998 to 2003.  Dr. Brundtland chaired the World Commission on Environment and Development, the Brundtland Commission, which popularized the concept of sustainable development in its landmark report, “Our Common Future.” Their recommendations provided the momentum for the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Dr. Brundtland has gained international recognition as a leader on key global challenges, the environment, human rights, sustainable development, and global security issues.

This event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first serve basis.

 

Sugar Creek Stewards February Workday

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Come join us for our February workday along Sugar Creek! We need help improving Sugar Creek in Bloomington near Tipton Parks and in Normal, near Anderson and Fairview parks by clearing invasive plant species and managing the non-invasive plants. We’ll work the Tipton site for our February work day.

The next workday is Saturday, February 18, from 9 am to 12 pm. Volunteers must be 18 years old or older (or 14 and accompanied by a parent or guardian) and be able to hike along uneven terrain and safely use basic hand tools such as loppers and bow saws. Please wear warm weather appropriate clothing and bring your own work gloves and (reusable) bottle of water. We have scheduled work days the 3rd Saturday of the month throughout the year – invasive species never sleep, so neither can we!

 

The Sugar Creek Stewards is a Clean Water Program of the Ecology Action Center, and is supported by the City of Bloomington and the Town of Normal. For more information, contact us.

 

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Details on worksite and meeting location will be provided to registered volunteers prior to the workday. To become a regular EAC volunteer and be automatically contacted for future Sugar Creek Steward workdays and other volunteer opportunities, register at EAC-Volunteer.

Volunteer Registration for this Event is CLOSED.  Check back for another opportunity to volunteer on the third Saturday in March!

 

Designing Wild With Wildflowers and Native Plants

Bob Streitmatter, manager of Luthy Botanical Garden, will teach us how to harness the natural beauty of our gardens, using the many beautiful native perennials, trees & shrubs. From ginger to leadplant, he will cover the woodland and prairie plants that can be incorporated, seamlessly melding our gardens with nature.

“Wine Down Wednesday” in Support CLIMATE RIDE at Stave

Now more than ever, we need to work together to address climate change. The EAC is on the job, with a new inventory of local greenhouse gas emissions underway and a community clear air strategic planning process starting later this year. But these efforts take time and financial resources to bring them to fruition. Your help is needed to allow our community to mitigate our emissions impact and to plan for adaptation to a changing climate.

Join EAC staff, board members, and supporters at Stave Wine Bar & Market for “Wine Down Wednesday” in support of Ecology Action Center‘s cyclists participating in Climate Ride Death Valley at the end of February.   When you purchase a glass of wine or draft beer between 4 p.m and 8 p.m. on February 1, Stave will donate $1 to our Climate Ride fundraising effort (thanks Stave)!  To make the event more sustainable, the staff at Stave have hand-selected some special beers from Big Thorn Farm in Georgetown, Illinois, an off-grid, solar powered, fermented-wood, naturally aged and carbonated organic brewery! Plus, the EAC will be giving away free door prizes every hour all evening. This all adds up to a big win for everyone!

Learn more about Climate Ride or make a donation online.

Town of Normal: Notice of Electric Aggregation Scam

Normal, IL – December 19, 2016 – It has come to the Town’s attention that solicitors have recently been sharing incorrect information regarding the Town of Normal Electric Aggregation program. This is a scam. Residents participating in the Town’s aggregation program should be aware that there has been no change to the current program or electric supply provider, Constellation Energy. Neither the Town of Normal nor the current provider are currently engaged in any door-to-door solicitation activity.

Solicitors operating in the Town of Normal are required to register with the Town of Normal Police Department and provide proof of permit when operating in the community. If you encounter a solicitor claiming to falsely represent the Town of Normal or the electric aggregation program, you should ask to see a valid permit, document the individual’s name, and contact the Town of Normal Police Department at (309) 888 – 5030.

As a reminder, all communication regarding the aggregation program is done through mail. If you believe you have been misled and signed up for an alternative energy supply program, please contact Ben McCready at (309) 454 – 9504 for additional assistance.

More information: https://www.normal.org/1103/Electric-Aggregation