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If it’s made from paperboard, it must be recyclable, right? Not always! Frozen food boxes pose a challenge to the recycling process. Paperboard boxes that were designed for freezer foods, such as frozen pizza and entrées, are impregnated with a plastic polymer to protect against freezer burn. The plastic prevents the box from […]

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Holiday Lights Recycling

On November 22, 2019 By

Have a busted strand of lights? Cat attack the tree again? Before you send the strand to the landfill, consider visiting a recycling drop off location. The copper, metal, and plastic from the lights will be separated and recycled in these specialized processes. Due to the specific process needed, be sure to keep holiday […]

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 Broadview residents: want to save money on your utility bills? Join Cook County’s Department of Environment and Sustainability, Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and Elevate Energy to learn about ways to save money and energy with your smart meter, home weatherization and energy efficiency programs. Experts will discuss rebated and free in-home devices and appliances. You could […]

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As residents of Cook County, we call one of the top pumpkin producing states home. Many of these pumpkins are carved and discarded once fall festivities cease. Help reduce the associated food waste in landfills by participating in a pumpkin composting event near you. To maintain healthy compost, please remove candles/wax/stickers before composting.

*Some events […]

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As part of National Drive Electric Week, we are featuring a Cook County employee who is an electric vehicle enthusiast (and recent convert) who is doing his part to be more sustainable. Ekong Udoh, a Telecom Analyst IV for the Bureau of Technology, purchased a Tesla 10 months ago […]

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While it may not feel quite like summer yet, plan ahead and know what you can do to keep your home comfortable and cool, while also saving yourself money and energy.

Set your thermostat to higher temperature while you are away from your home. Use a programmable thermostat to set back the temperature […]

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 Are you a senior living in Chicago Ridge? Want to save money on your utility bills? Join Cook County’s Department of Environment and Sustainability, Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and Elevate Energy to learn about ways to save money and energy with your smart meter, home weatherization and energy efficiency programs. Experts will discuss rebated […]

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The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will analyze utility bills at a free clinic to help Franklin Park residents save money on utilities. This utility bill clinic will take place on May 22 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Franklin Park Public Library and is co-sponsored by the Cook County Department of Environment and Sustainability. Consumers […]

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The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will analyze utility bills at a free clinic to help Palos Heights residents save money on utilities. This utility bill clinic will take place on May 7 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Palos Heights Public Library and is co-sponsored by the Cook County Department of Environment and Sustainability. Consumers […]

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Want to save money on your utility bills? Join Cook County’s Department of Environment and Sustainability, Citizens Utility Board (CUB), Elevate Energy and the Chicagoland Vintage Home Association to learn about ways to save money and energy with your smart meter, home weatherization and energy efficiency programs. Experts will discuss […]

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