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.

Native Plants in the Designed Landscape

Our featured speaker, Judy Nauseef, will discuss Native Plants in the Designed Landscape. We all want our gardens to thrive and provide healthy environments for our families and native wildlife. Using native plants is just one step toward achieving our goals. The other is to create a plan that suits our needs and that of the plants. Learn basic tools to discover how to add habitat to your landscape and how to choose a plant community. Learn also how a backyard designed for native plants starts the process of creating a sustainable landscape.
A plan will give you the confidence to implement it in stages, knowing that the final outcome is a cohesive landscape. The process to become aware of the specific conditions in your yard will help you to make sensible plant purchases.
Our speaker, Judy Nauseef is a landscape designer working in Eastern Iowa. She is a certified fellow of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and an Iowa Certified Nursery Professional. Judy will sign her recent book, Gardening with Native Plants in the Upper Midwest: Bringing the Tallgrass Prairie Home, after the program. Book will be available for purchase.

Constitution Trail/Sugar Creek Clean Up – EARTH DAY

Help keep your  community clean and healthy–celebrate Earth Day and help out with Bloomington-Normal Clean Up Week.  Volunteer with the Ecology Action Center, McLean County Wheelers, Friends of the Constitution Trail, Bike BloNo, and Lake Run Club to clean up along the Constitution Trail and Sugar Creek.

Sign up to help using the volunteer form below.  Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Dress appropriately for the weather and bring your own work gloves if possible.  Trash bags will be provided.  Please register using the form below to help us plan for appropriate numbers; refreshments will be provided at the end of the workday.  In the sign up form, you will chose to work in one of two groups–either the group meeting at Tipton Park at 9 a.m. or the group meeting in the back parking lot behind the Chateau at 9 a.m.

Regular EAC volunteers with access to the online Volunteer Center can login in and sign up for a shift.

Volunteers can also choose to help with the Sugar Creek Stewards initiative taking place also on Saturday, April 22.  This project works to improve stream buffers throughout Bloomington-Normal through removal of nonnative or invasive species.  Volunteers can sign up for that workday also via the EAC’s website.

Spread the word and invite friends via Facebook

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Sugar Creek Stewards April Workday

scs logoCome join us for our April 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 Fairview site for the April work day.

The next workday is Saturday, April 22, from 9 am to 12 pm, and is part of our larger BN Spring Clean-up Day! 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.

Prairie Plants Up Close: Flowers and Fruits

Everyone has many associations with a flower, the idea of flowers. You put out your hand to touch the flower, lean forward to smell it…..or give it to someone to please them” – Georgia O’Keeffe, 1939. Flowers are indeed special to humans, yet why do plants make flowers in the first place? Basically to reproduce. Flowers are pollinated and become fruits. Inside the fruits are seeds, which insure future generations. Much of the diversity of flowers and fruits is the result of adaptations to attract some kind of animals to either visit the flowers to carry out pollination or to carry away seeds. This presentation will use close-up photographs of a variety of flowers and fruits of prairie plants to show their innate beauty and structure and then explain how they are pollinated and dispersed. This basic knowledge helps prairie enthusiasts understand some of the complexities of prairie ecosystems and how to select species for use in prairie plantings.
Our speaker,Ken Robertson is a retired botanist at the Illinois Natural History Survey, a unit of the University of Illinois, where he co-taught the plant systematics course for over 20 years.

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.

Walnut Grove Festival

The Eureka College Student Alliance for Greener Environments (SAGE) will host the fifth annual Walnut Grove Festival from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, on Lida’s Lawn at Eureka College, featuring local artists, vendors, musicians and educators from central Illinois to showcase aspects of sustainability for the community.
“This annual festival truly showcases some of the hidden treasures of our surrounding communities. We’re excited to be able to feature, for the fifth consecutive year, many of the good, sustainable efforts that are taking place all around us. By doing so, our hope to to spread awareness of sustainability principles, while also generating attention for locally made and sourced products,” said Ellé LeClaire, president of SAGE.
Participants will experience diverse topics such as upcycling materials, locally grown and handmade products and have the opportunity to broaden their environmental awareness.
Walnut Grove Festival is a family-friendly event, and will again feature a kid’s station. The station will feature do-it-yourself crafts relating to nature, face painting and a kid’s show by The Zoo Lady.
Vendors from the community include Teresa’s Fruits and Herbs of Eureka and Fiber, Flora, and Clay of Peoria. Eureka College student vendors will include handmade jewelry and artwork. The featured musicians will be Denim Dragon, The Oceanographers, and Jeni B. Additionally, a fire-breather and dancer, Hexli of Peoria, will be entertaining the crowd during intermissions. Food will be sold by Mika’s Bistro of Eureka and Pico de Gallo (Chef Gus Juarez) taco truck of El Paso.
The rain location is the Reagan Gym.
For more information, visit Walnut Grove Festival on Facebook, Twitter (@EurekaSAGE), or contact SAGE president Ellé LeClaire at eleclaire14@eureka.edu.
About SAGE
S.A.G.E. (Student Alliance for Greener Environments) is a student-led organization of Eureka College that promotes sustainable, environmentally friendly ideas and practices on campus and within the community. The organization provides educational and hands-on opportunities for the surrounding community through various events.

Sugar Creek Stewards March Workday

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Come join us for our March 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 March work day.

The next workday is Saturday, March 25, 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.

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.