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From November 19, 2012 – February 22, 2013, all holiday string lighting and extension cords can be dropped off for recycling at Health Services on the first floor of Village Hall at 33 S. Arlington Heights Road, or at the Public Works facility, 222 N. Ridge Ave. See below for hours at each location.
Last year, 28 area communities contributed more than 51,000 pounds of holiday lights for recycling instead of throwing them in the trash. Through this recycling program, materials are reclaimed, reprocessed, and made into new products, making the holiday season much brighter!
222 N Ridge Avenue
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am to 2:00 pm
33 S Arlington Heights Road
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Check here for recycling locations in other nearby suburbs.
Are you one of those parents thinking “only one more month until school starts”? The last few weeks of summer vacation can often be a challenge with temps frequently reaching the mid to upper 90s and children becoming a bit stir crazy.
It’s been several years since I fielded the “I’m bored” mantra from my children during summer vacation, but I do remember quite a few times when the heated dog days forced me to call forth some form of crafty creativity. Some of the projects that were the most fun seemed to be those where we were able to use everyday stuff from around the house: styrofoam egg cartons, old crayons that we could melt, toilet paper rolls, extra buttons - the list is endless.
Check out some of these great resources for all kinds of ideas for fun art projects using recyclables. One of the best sources for ideas can be found at the library. We have many books available with craft ideas and our Kids' World summer reading program also offers craft projects for kids.
- Lazy Day Craft Ideas for Kids
- Crafts from Recycled products
- Recycled art projects for young children
Have some green craft ideas you’ve tried with your children? Let us know here or on our Facebook page.
Ready, set, run! The time has finally come to visit the local farmers market. Farmers markets are busting out everywhere and the Arlington Heights market opens this Saturday, June 9, right behind the library in the parking lot at Vail and Fremont. The market will run from now until Oct. 20 and the hours are 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Check this list for other farmers markets in our area that you might also want to visit.
- The produce you purchase will be fresher than anything you can buy in a store.
- It will have traveled fewer miles to get to you.
- Small local farmers are less likely to use lots of chemicals in growing their produce.
- You can actually talk to them to find out exactly what growing methods they use.
The library is participating in the village’s new Idle Free Arlington campaign initiated to educate and raise awareness about the importance of turning off your engine when you’re just sitting in your car waiting. You can read more about the campaign here.
Whether it be waiting for a train to go by or waiting for your kids after an activity at the library, idling gets you nowhere. Literally – 0 mpg. Not only does it waste costly fuel, it also pollutes our air. The fact is idling cars in the Chicago area create 25 tons of pollution per day. You can learn more facts about the effects of idling on this fact sheet from the Arlington Heights Cool Cities Coalition.
You can always drop off smaller electronics like phones, iPods, and laptops for recycling at the library. The collection bin is located near the Returns Desk. Don’t forget, this Saturday the library is hosting a Cool Tools Day on the first floor. Come learn about all types of electronic devices as representatives from Apple and Best Buy will be here to give demos and answer questions. There will also be a drawing for store gift cards.
You might also want to check out Simply Green Parties by Danny Seo. He offers lots of tips for fun and creative green entertaining. Read some of his ideas here.
Do you have a tip for planning a more eco-friendly party? Let us know here or on our Facebook page.
- A sensory garden that includes a new butterfly garden at Windsor School
- A vegetable garden with a pollinator patch at Ivy Hill School, plus the foundations for a prairie garden. The prairie garden will include plantings of native shrubs and plants. You can view photos of their student gardeners here.
- Jim Platt, former owner of Sylvia’s Flowers in Arlington Heights has instituted a greenhouse renovation project at Miner School, an NSSEO facility for individuals with developmental disabilities. Students are assisting Mr. Platt with the project and, in turn, learning important life skills.