Friday, April 12, 2013
This pooch really knows how to fetch!
Meet Max A. Pooch, the "recycled" Labrador retriever who loves to help his owner Keith Sanderson recycle. Max even has his own Facebook page and website with tips on protecting the environment. Max, of Deerfield, was originally adopted about seven years ago from Orphans of the Storm, an animal shelter in Riverwoods. Tired of the basic game of fetch, Sanderson determined that Max was smart and energetic enough to learn some a valuable new trick—recycling. Soon, Max was fetching items like plastic water bottles and aluminum cans on their daily walks, reported Patch in 2011. With Earth Day coming up on April 22, Max is eager to spread the word about keeping the planet green and the environment clean, reported the Deerfield Review. His owner …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Trees are chipped and used to make trails.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Don’t send your Christmas tree to the landfill, drop it off at a Lake County Forest Preserve site for recycling. Donated trees are chipped and used for trails and for landscaping at forest preserves throughout Lake County. Bring your tree to a drop-off site at one of the following forest preserves, open daily from 6:30 a.m. to sunset: Only undecorated, real Christmas trees can be accepted; no yard waste. Commercial drop-offs are prohibited.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Mayor and Trustees also take a step closer to requiring Village’s businesses to recycle.
Calculating a lesser property tax levy increase and proceeding with potential commercial recycling were some of the directions Mayor Harriet Rosenthal and the Village Board of Trustees gave Village Manager Kent Street and his staff at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. After acting Finance Director Eric Burk told the Board the combined property tax levy for the Village and the Library of $10,140,832 would be more than five percent greater than a year ago, Trustee William Seiden asked why property taxes could not be frozen and reserves used instead. Get local news in a daily email from Patch. It's like getting a free newspaper. Learn more. “Why can’t we hold our levy in place? How far can we keep our levy down and remain in a sound …
Saturday, August 18, 2012
After keeping up with every recycling program available, Sally Higginson meets her first, insurmountable challenge: a composting program and a reluctant husband.
I’ve been married over 22 years, which means that my husband and I are perfectly comfortable with all the things we dislike about one another and we’re not really in the market for new ways to pick fights. He sets the thermostat at the wrong temperature year round, so I fix it. He grocery shops for items we don’t eat, so I return them. He watches GoalTV every night, and I don’t kill him. We’re happy. Correction: We were happy. Then, in a moment of environmental weakness, I signed up for our town’s Food Scrap Compost Pilot Program. So much for marital bliss. We are at war. I pause here for a history lesson. In the good old days, back when we could roll a piece of Wonder bread into a tiny ball of soft white dough and pop it into our mouths …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Models show off designs made of materials diverted from the landfill in an effort to showcase environmental awareness.
Nearly 450 people turned out for the fifth annual Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook Cook County (SWANCC) Trashy Fashion Show, held at the Skokie Holiday Inn, 5300 W. Touhy Ave, Thursday night. Forty-two designers decked out models in outfits made of 90 percent recycled materials such as plastic bags, pillow shams, newspapers, chip bags and packaging materials. The goal was to use creativity to show the importance of recycling and reusing. Earlier: Last year's Trashy Fashion Show The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County sponsored the event in recognition of America Recycles Day on Thursday. Get more info. Like Patch on Facebook
Friday, July 1, 2011
Company encourages residents to send in weekend party trash.
With 4th of July right around the corner, local resident are gearing up for a long weekend of barbecues and pool parties. But one company wants you to keep recycling in mind before throwing out the trash. TerraCycle, an up-cycling and recycling company, has teamed up with brands like Frito-Lay, Nabisco, Kraft Cheese, Solo and Scott to cutback on non-recyclable party trash just being dumped in the garbage. The company wants local residents to send their difficult to recycle food packaging like chip bags, paper towels and solo plastic cups to them instead. According to a company spokesman, once the trash arrives it’s turned into products like backpacks, speakers and pencil cases. Participation is free and all shipping costs are paid for. To …
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Animal lover puts Max, the Labrador, on mission to make Deerfield cleaner.
You’ve got your basic dog tricks: sit, stay, paw and roll over. But what if those got too easy? “I thought, ‘Gee maybe we could do something else?’ ” Keith Sanderson said after his Labrador, Max, got tired of the basic game of fetch. “He’s wired to be a retriever, so why not make him be a retriever,” the Deerfield resident said, noting that he had to take into account his suburban surroundings. “There’s no pheasants or ducks around, so we did bottles.” During training, Sanderson switched a normal ball with a bottle; it didn’t take long for Max to catch on to his owner's objective. Now, the duo sets off every morning searching for trash. “The old trite saying that every litter bit hurts is really true,” Sanderson said. “We have a 40-gallon …
Monday, February 28, 2011
New recycling contract means more funds for village.
If you haven’t been recycling your old electronics, Deerfield officials are urging you to start doing so. Village trustees recently signed off on a two-year intergovernmental agreement that means Deerfield will be paid back per pound it recycles. The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, SWALCO, negotiated the terms with its current electronic recycling provider. Jennifer Maltas, assistant to village manager estimated the change to bring in around $10,000 each year. Deerfield hosts electronic recycling events at the Public Works Facility. That’s when residents can drop off things like old TV’s, computers, and cell phones. Here are the dates for the collection pick ups this year: April 16, May 21, June 18, Sept. 10, and Oct. 15.