Storm Disposal Aftermath
Due to the storm, many people are having trouble disposing of debris. The following are options for clean up efforts:
The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), a not-for-profit intergovernmental agency compromised of 23 municipalities in Illinois, built a composting demonstration system at its Glenview Transfer Station where several types of backyard bins are on display and used for hands-on workshops. This summer, SWANCC is sponsoring three workshops for residents that live in a SWANCC-member community to learn the science behind mixing yard waste, such as leaves, grass and small twigs, with acceptable food scraps to make a nutrient-rich soil amendment for lawns, gardens, flowers, and plants.
Trashy Fashion Project
Are you crafty or creative? Do you sew, cut, glue or fold? Are you environmentally-minded by using resources a bit longer? Do you live in a SWANCC community? If you answered yes, then consider participating in SWANCC's 2013 Trashy Fashion Show!
Document Destruction Events
As a courtesy to residents who have sensitive documents to recycle, such as medical records, tax forms, bank statements, etc., the Agency continues to provide seasonal Document Destruction Events.
Since 1999, SWANCC has provided environmentally-responsible recycling for end-of-life computers and electronics.
SWANCC sponsors a collection/disposal program for expired or unused medications and sharps, and provides a one-quart collection container for needles. Recent research by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey revealed that there are a substantial amount of antibiotics and steroidal hormones in rivers, lakes and wells caused by people flushing their medications down the toilet or putting them down the sink. Additionally, sharps can cause needle-sticks and health issues if thrown away in the garbage or put in the water system.