Find a Recycling Center
Reuse and Donate!
Recycle Palos is a directory listing various locations to take recyclable
items. This reference provides contact information for facilities available
to residents. Click on the categories below for websites to follow up for
for This Month's Green Tip ►
Recycle American Flags - Flag Donation
Members from the Palos Park Memorial VFW Post maintain a flag deposit
box at the VFW War memorial located to the east of the Palos Park
Recreation Department. Flags deposited will be disposed of in the proper
As of January 1st, 2012, the
Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act went into effect. The
law bans all electronics from going into landfills as these products contain
hazardous material. According to the Illinois Environmental Protection
Agency, the law “establishes a statewide system for recycling and/or reusing
computers, monitors, televisions, and printers discarded from residents by
requiring electronic manufacturers to participate in the management of
discarded and unwanted electronic products”. Once the law goes into effect,
Allied Waste will no longer be able to pick up electronic waste as part of
your curbside program. Any e-waste placed at the curb or inside containers,
will be left.
Please visit the Illinois EPA website
http://www.epa.state.il.us/land/electronic-waste-recycling for more
information and a list of Registered Collectors, Recyclers and Refurbishers.
The Homeowner Guide
The Homeowner Guide offers valuable
information dealing with disasters and home care
complete with a comprehensive recycling resource:
do you need to recycle:
Waste Recycling Information
Download this pdf for the recommendations
from Allied Waste Co.
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What's Your Carbon
A carbon footprint is the amount of
greenhouse gases (GHGs) created by individuals through daily
activities such as home energy use, driving a car or even flying
in an airplane. GHG build up in the atmosphere over the past
century has been linked to global climate change and
specifically global warming. Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is the most
significant and prevalent greenhouse gas. Footprints are usually
measured in tons of CO2 produced annually.
The Village of Palos Park encourages all residents to
participate in the recycling program offered by Allied Waste.
During 2007, Palos Park residents participating in the recycling
program generated 446 tons of recyclables. In 2008, through June
30, Palos Park residents generated 200 tons of recyclables.
Why should I recycle?? Does it really matter?? Two questions
often asked when it comes to recycling, Here are some simple
facts that may surprise you:
One ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees from being cut down 380
gallons of oil 4,102-kilowatt hours of electricity 3 cubic yards
of landfill space 7,000 gallons of water Recycling paper reduces
air pollution by 74% and water pollution by 35%
Recycling plastic reduces energy consumption by 85-90% Plastics
account for 6% of municipal waste stream by weight; however, by
volume or space used, plastics account for $18 Plastics are
derived from petroleum
Recycling one pound of aluminum (about 16 pop cans) saves 7.5
kilowatt hours of electricity Recycling aluminum reduces air
pollution by 95% and water pollution by 97% The above outlines
some very important reasons to participate in the recycling
program offered by Allied Waste. If you generate recyclable
material that exceeds the 18-gallon bin provided, Allied Waste
will accept recyclables in clear plastic bags and in 33-gallon
bins labeled for “recycling only”
Palos Park Green Tips
Each month the Village
of Palos Park will be offering residents
environmental tips for GOING GREEN at home or at work.
Here are 10 water conservation tips that can help lower your bimonthly water
1. Fix leaky faucets
and plumbing joints, this will save 20 gallons per day for every leak
2. Install water-efficient shower heads or flow restrictors, this will
save 500 to 800 gallons per month.
3. Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher, this will
save 300 to 800 gallons per month.
4. Shorten your showers, even a small reduction of one to two minutes
can save up to 700 gallons of water per month.
5. Check toilet for leaks! Put colored dye tablets or food coloring into
the tank, if color appears in the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak
that should be repaired. Correcting small leaks can save 1,000 gallons a
6. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. This can save three
gallons a day.
7. Turn off the water while shaving. Fill the bottom of the sink with a
few inches of water to rinse your razor, this can save three gallons a
8. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator. This beats the
wasteful habit of running tap water to cool it for drinking, this can
save 200 to 300 gallons a month.
9. When washing dishes by hand, use the least amount of detergent
possible. This will minimize the amount of rinse water needed and can
save 200 to 300 gallons a month.
10. Limit the minutes on your lawn irrigation system to water every
other day for 5 minutes a zone. Common yard grass needs 1” of rainfall a
month to survive. Cutting back each zone’s run time by 66% can save
7,000 gallons of water a month.
Nearly 90 percent of water bottles are not recycled and wind up in landfills
where it takes thousands of years for the plastic to decompose.
Approximately 1.5 million barrels of oil—enough to run 100,000 cars for a
whole year—are used to make plastic water bottles, while transporting these
bottles burns even more oil.
So the next time you feel thirsty, forgo the bottle and turn to the tap.
Because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for tap water
are more stringent than the Food and Drug Administration’s standards for
bottled water, you’ll be drinking water that is just as safe as, or safer
Some of the chemicals in household products
can harm people, animals and plants. They pollute the air, water, and soil
when they are sprayed, go down the drain, or are thrown away. Here are some
ideas too reduce the use of chemicals at home.
Reducing Chemical Use at Home
- Buy Cleaning Products that are
- Many companies now offer “green”
cleaning products and some good old products that have always been
- Look for products that are made from
plant sources rather than petroleum and are free from chemicals that can
irritate (such as chlorine) or pollute (such
- Murphy’s Oil Soap is an example of a
vegetable based soap that works to clean wood floors and furniture.
- For dishes, choose detergents free of
chlorine, phosphates, and synthetic chemicals.
- An all-purpose, plant-based cleaner
takes care of almost anything on walls, windows, and countertops.
- For stuck on grime try a biodegradable
- To whiten surfaces, choose a
non-chlorine oxygen bleach cleanser.
Below is a list of Environmentally
Friendly Products Found at Local Convenience Stores:
Thanks for keeping
Palos beautiful and remember to buy recycled items.
Information presented by Palos
Park Beautification Committee.