Below is a video link that demonstrates the impact plastic bags and other contaminants have on the recycle process.
As promised, the Strategic Plan is online for your review. Remember when you attended that public meeting last fall? This is the culmination of a lot of work by the Board of Trustees, staff, residents, and NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies. We are hoping to bring some (if not all) of these goals to fruition in the future.Strategic Plan 2018-2023 (172 downloads)
“Q: Hi, Jennifer!
After reading the Kane County Recycles Green Guide I’m still unclear about clear hard plastic food containers. For instance, lettuce mixes, fruit and snacks.
If these containers are recyclable, is there a market for them? Or are they being crushed and sent to some remote country somewhere?
I know that pet food and bird seed bags are not recycled, which is a shame because it is such a huge industry. Are the hard-plastic litter containers recyclable?
Do you know if there is an organization that is working with industry to develop alternative materials for these products? This is obviously a subject I’m very interested in.
Thanks so much for looking into this for me.
A: Hi, MJK!
Yes, fruit and lettuce boxes are recyclable! The reason that the guidelines are a little vague is because these items are on the line of recyclable or not recyclable.
That said, you CAN put them in your bin and they will get recycled. (Read the fine print of the online guidelines and you will find them listed there, under the plastic bottles, tubs, jugs, and jars details. They are considered “Tubs.”)
Flat lids though, if separated from the container, are not recyclable as they cannot be sorted by the current technology (based on shapes) and often end up in with the paper because it is thin and flat. So, for example, the flat lettuce container lids should go in the trash, please. And the tub itself goes in the recycling.
The Product Stewardship Institute works on product and packaging design. Also, there are definitely signs of movement in the direction of design for recyclability in the corporate arena. Slowly but surely.
It is up to us to shop wisely, too, and avoid the packaging if possible. I just wrote an article on that!”
The U.S. Census Bureau is the federal government’s largest statistical agency. They are dedicated to providing current facts and figures about America’s people, places, and economy. Federal law protects the confidentiality of all individual responses the Census Bureau collects.
The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade we take a count—or a census—of America’s population.
The census provides vital information for you and your community.
Each year, the federal government distributes hundreds of billions of dollars to states and communities based on Census Bureau data.
In 2020, new technology will be implemented to make it easier than ever to respond to the census. For the first time, you will be able to respond online, by phone, as well as by mail. They will use data that the public has already provided to reduce follow-up visits. And, they are building an accurate address list and automating their field operations—all while keeping your information confidential.
So, please, complete the census. It will help your community!
For more information go to the website.