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Recycle, 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 more information.

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Recycle American Flags - Flag Donation Box
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 fashion.

E-Waste Ban
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 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:

What do you need to recycle: Allied Waste Recycling Information
Download this pdf for the recommendations from Allied Waste Co.

CASH for Your Appliance
For a Limited time
Com Ed will  pay you $25 and pick it up for free to recycle your old working fridge or freezer Call (888)806-2273 or visit

What's Your Carbon Footprint?
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.

Water Conservation Tips!
Here are 10 water conservation tips that can help lower your bimonthly water bill:

1. Fix leaky faucets and plumbing joints, this will save 20 gallons per day for every leak stopped.
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 month.
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 day.
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.

Bottled Water
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 than, bottled.

Household Cleaners
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 Environmentally Sensitive.
  • Many companies now offer “green” cleaning products and some good old products that have always been environmentally friendly.
  • 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 as phosphates).
  • 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 scouring powder.
  • To whiten surfaces, choose a non-chlorine oxygen bleach cleanser.

Below is a list of Environmentally Friendly Products Found at Local Convenience Stores:

Earth Friendly
Earth's Best
Bio Kleen
Seventh Generation
Life Tree
Dr. Bronner's


Thanks for keeping Palos beautiful and remember to buy recycled items.
Information presented by Palos Park Beautification Committee.

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