The Highway Department of Orland Township is presenting a household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, August 13th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Victor J. Andrew High School, located at 9001 W. 171st Street in Tinley Park, Illinois. This event is free to all Illinois residents, but a reservation is required to participate. Register online by visiting calendly.com/othd/hhwc22. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Highway Department of Orland Township: 708-403-5148.
Here are 18 things you can do to reduce plastic waste this Plastic Free July:
- Bring your own shopping bag. If necessary, use paper bags.
- Purchase secondhand.
- Buy loose & in bulk. Buy items you purchase often in bulk with little to no packaging. Look for sustainable packaging options like glass or cardboard.
- Use cloth diapers. 7.6 billion pounds of diapers are discarded in the U.S. each year.
- Stop buying bottled water.
- Ditch straws. If needed, use paper or metal alternatives.
- Make your own cleaning products. Use nontoxic ingredients to improve indoor air quality and eliminate the need for multiple plastic bottle cleaners.
- Skip products with microbeads. These beads pass through water treatment plants and cause harm to animals.
- Use reusable containers. Skip plastic baggies or wrap. Use green, durable alternatives such as glass jars, cloth produce bags, or beeswax wrap.
- Cook like a natural. If you cook with less processed food, you’ll reduce packaging waste.
- Shave smart. Eliminate plastic disposal razors. Use razors with replaceable blades.
- Keep a zero-waste kit. When planning a day out, pack your travel mug, metal container, jar for leftovers, napkin, and real utensils.
- Use natural sponges. Use cotton rags or cellulose sponges like loofah, hemp, or bamboo.
- Skip K-cups! Grind your own coffee or have it ground at the store.
- Shop at a farmer’s market. Buy fresh, local, unpackaged produce!
- Don’t trash it! Compost it. Composting reduces plastic garbage bags and lowers CO2 emissions. Composting helps grow unpackaged food.
- Refuse stuff. Tell your server you don’t want a straw or you brought your own cutlery or takeout container.
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Oral care products and packaging can be recycled at the Center for Dental Excellence, located at 19615 Governors Hwy in Flossmoor. Plastic toothbrushes, empty tubes of toothpaste, empty dental floss containers, floss picks, interproximal brushes, and oral care product packaging are accepted. Electric and battery-operated products are not accepted. You do not need to be a patient at CDE to drop off your recycling; all community members are welcome to join the effort to reduce our waste. Receive a free bamboo toothbrush when you drop off your recycling!
Pumpkin Smash 2020 took place on Saturday, November 7th at Coyote Run Golf Course in Flossmoor, IL. Pumpkin Smash is an annual effort to divert pumpkins from landfills by providing a location for residents to drop off jack-o-lanterns to be composted.