environment

Banishing plastic: Local residents and businesses ditch single-use plastics for reusable, compostable materials

To put it casually, all the plastic we’ve produced is really starting to pile up. A more serious sort of person might say we’re facing a global plastics crisis. People concerned about the environment are reckoning their plastics usage to reduce their reliance and shift to more sustainable materials.

Recyclepalooza helps residents dispose of difficult-to-recycle items

Even people who routinely recycle might find it difficult to dispose of those things that can't be placed curbside, but they want to handle things responsibly. That's where Recyclepalooza comes in.

Volunteers attack winter's detritus during annual Community Cleanup Day

[Updated April 14, 2019] Litter — the enemy of any clean community — has accumulated during winter months, but local residents fought back on Community Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 6. On this sunny, warm spring day, eight organizations and dozens of volunteers fanned out across Homewood, Flossmoor and Olympia Fields to spruce up the area picking up the discarded bottles, cans, food containers and even used diapers that have piled up along roadways over the winter months.

Power plant developer pulls the plug on Glenwood project

[Updated at 9:55 a.m. Saturday]

Oak Meadow Energy LLC has notified Glenwood officials that it will no longer pursue the development of a controversial electricity generating plant in the village.

In a letter dated Wednesday, March 27, addressed to Glenwood residents, Mayor Ronald Gardiner announced Oak Meadow's decision and provided a brief history of the project.

Area residents opposed to power plant speak out at Glenwood zoning meeting

Oak Meadow Energy LLC of Boston has proposed building and operating a 1,250 megawatt electricity generating plant on 75 acres of land on the southeast corner of Glenwood. Residents opposing a proposed gas-fired power plant packed a Glenwood Zoning Board of Appeals meeting Tuesday, and while they did not stop the plant's zoning application, they slowed the process.

Sustainability in the South Suburbs outlined Feb. 8

Registration is being accepted for the Growing Sustainable Communities Together program on Feb. 8 hosted by the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium.
 
The day-long program will feature speakers addressing major issues that can help ensure quality of life in the South Suburbs. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Prairie State College, 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights.
 

Recycle trees, lights at park district sites

If your celebration of the holidays is over, don’t forget to recycle.
 
Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center is the location for dropping off discarded live Christmas trees. Trees must be free of all ornaments, lights, wire and tinsel. The collections continue through Jan. 18 at the Irons Oaks parking lot on Vollmer Road just west of Western Avenue.
 

Keeping green on a picture-perfect day at Flossmoor’s Recyclepalooza

A steady stream of vehicles traversed the Parker Junior High School roadway during this year’s Recyclepalooza event, and it was good news for anyone who wants a greener planet.
 
Tons of discarded household items were collected at the May 5 recycling festival, sponsored for the third year by the Flossmoor Green Commission.
 

Recycling revamp: Taking a fresh look at a maturing environmental practice

It’s been nearly 30 years since Homewood Disposal Service began curbside pickup of recyclables. Much has changed, but the community remains committed to this aspect of environmental stewardship.

On Arbor Day, Flossmoor Hills students help plant a tree outside school

The Flossmoor Hills Green Team was excited about helping plant an Illinois pecan that is expected to produce nuts in another 10 years or so. It was part of the school's Arbor Day observance.

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