Next Kane Forest Preserve Outing Saturday, October 11
We're going to Blackberry Maples, and Grunwald Farms .
Click here for details!
Next VOF Meeting October 13th, Batavia Public Library
Prairie State Energy Campus
Peabody's Plan: Batavia's Burden
On October 13th, at the Batavia Public Library, Batavia
environmental champion Betsy Zinser will present an overview and update on the
Peobody Energy situation.
In the early 2000's, Peabody Energy developed a mine-mouth coal plant in Southern
Illinois designed to burn their high ash, high sulfur coal. Unfortunately, many
of us in the Valley of Fox area bought into it. The negative economic impact of
this coal burning plant is now being felt by the 200+ communities that committed
to buy its electricity. This investment has been in the news lately as Batavia
rate payers have filed a class action lawsuit against the consultants who advised
us on this project. Come hear exactly what happened and how many communities
throughout the midwest are starting to fight back.
The public is invited and refreshments are served.
Monday, October 13th, 7:00pm
Batavia Public Library
10 S. Batavia Ave.
Batavia, IL 60510-2793
Directions to the Batavia Public Library
VOF monthly meetings are usually (but not always) held the second Monday of the month at 7pm except for the months of July, August, and December. The public
is invited and refreshments are typically available.
Our September 8th meeting was a fun and successful Pizza Night fundraiser at Luigi's.
Cool Cities adds Elgin
VOF now has three Cool Cities signed on: Aurora, Elgin and Oswego.
For more information about this great grassroots Sierra Club campaign promoting local solutions to climate change,
Sand mine proposed right next door to Starved Rock
Tess Wendel, clean water organizer at the Sierra Club Illinois Chapter,
reported in the February VOF meeting about Mississippi Sands proposal to mine for frac sand and
its impacts on the park and surrounding community.
Here is a link to the
Sierra Club's petition to protect Starved Rock and begin reform at IDNR.
If you want to take more action, Tess also recommends an op-ed/letter to the editor in
smaller papers, or writing to the governor; see
openlands action alert for suggestions.
For more information about fracking.
For the Sierra Club's view on fracking.
Make every day Earth Day!
can make every day Earth Day. How? The Sierra Club has come up with two information sheets:
Five ways individuals and companies can fight global warming, and five
ways cities and states can to it too. Both are about a megabyte in size
and are in PDF format. You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the
sheets. Most PCs already have this valuable and free program; try
clicking on a link to one of the sheets to see. If you don't have it,
here to download a copy.
Want to celebrate on the actual day?
Try these activities!
Don't dump itórecycle it!
do you do when one of your energy-saving compact fluorescent
bulbs burns out? These bulbs should be recycled because they
contain a small amount of mercury, a neurotoxin. However,
the amount is miniscule compared to the mercury put into the
atmosphere from coal-burning power plants.
Here are some suggestions:
- Ace Hardware stores in Aurora will take back CFLs
for recycling. Check the Ace in your area.
- Home Depot has just announced that it will accept
CFLs for recycling at stores across the U.S.
- IKEA stores will also accept CFLs.
- Many varieties of household hazardous waste, from
CFLs and other fluorescent tubes to oil-based paints to
prescription medication, can be dropped off Naperville's
Household Hazardous Waste Center, 971 Brookdale
Road, on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For
a map to the facility, which is open to DuPage County,
Kane County and Will County residents, click
What do you do if a CFL breaks? The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency has the answer. Click
here to see the cleanup process.
Other recycling resources
According to Kane County officials, residents and businesses
are recycling 42% of their waste, a vast
improvement over the 8% that was recycled in 1986. Some
the county's recycling web site:
- The average Kane County home recycles about 60
pounds of material each month.
- Last year, we recycled about 65,000,000 aluminum
cans in Kane County (or 168 for each person), but we
still threw away 30 million cans (or 86 cans per
- Kane County residents recycled 30 million pieces of
junk mail (85 pieces per person). 44% of the junk mail
was never opened.
- We recycled 94 million pounds of paper, saving the
equivalent of 796,000 trees. Each day, 2 million trees
are cut down in the United States.
Click on a category to find out where and when you
can recycle the following items:
Municipal trash pickups: (Weekly pickups) What will my local trash
hauler accept for curbside recycling?
Electronics and books:
(Monthly dropoffs) Computers and Peripherals:
Personal Computers, Monitors, Printers, Scanners,
Modems, Tape, Disk, CD Drives, Cables, Keyboards, Mice,
Entertainment Equipment: Televisions, Camcorders,
Cameras, Stereo Equipment (no speakers), Game Players,
Office Equipment: Telephones, Cell Phones, Pagers,
Answering Machines, Typewriters, Calculators, Adding
Machines, Fax Machines, Shredders, Copiers, Postage
Electronic Media: Floppy Disks, Compact Discs (and
cases), Videotapes (no audio cassettes)
Household hazardous waste:
(Weekly dropoffs) aerosol
products, antifreeze, batteries (auto and household),
blacktop sealer, cleaning products, fluorescent bulbs,
gasoline, hobby and photographic chemicals, lawn chemicals,
mercury, motor oil, oil-based paints, pesticides, pool
chemicals, propane tanks and solvents. Not accepted: ammunition, explosives, fireworks,
biological or medical wastes, farm machinery oil, fire
extinguishers, latex paint, smoke detectors
Used motor oil
Unused and expired medicines
Don't live in Kane County? No problem! Just go to
www.Earth911.com and type in your ZIP Code at the top of
the page to get a list of recycling sites.
More recycling services
Who represents me?
Here's an easy way to find out who your state
and local officials are. Click the link below, and you'll be taken to
the Project Vote Smart site. On the left side of the page is a spot
where you can enter your ZIP Code and get a list of all your state and
federal elected officials, along with bios and contact information.
Click here to go to Project Vote Smart
and how do I register to vote?
Click here to find out all the facts
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