General Information | Taking Action | Gas Saving Tips | Recycling | Library Actions

 

General Information

Ebsco's GreenFile
This free research database covers the relationship between humans and the environment. Search this database for information on such subjects as recycling and alternative fuel or any of the many related areas. Search books, magazines and scholarly journals, pamphlets, government reports as well as trade publications.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Learn about the latest technology in renewable energy from the Department of Energy.

EnergySaver.gov
Browse ways to save energy and money, use calculators, and read the blog from the Department of Energy.

Environmental Literacy Council
Provides high quality background information on environmental issues such as climate change.

Green Power Network
The Green Power Network (GPN) provides news and information on green power markets and related activities. The site provides up-to-date information on green power providers, product offerings, consumer protection issues, and policies affecting green power markets. From the Department of Energy.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Find information about the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as they help meet the growing demand for clean energy. Includes general information, how they operate and do business, and how you can do business with NREL.

 

Taking Action

DuPage County Green Initiatives & Recycling
Learn about electronics and other recycling services. Explore the recycling guide for information on where to dispose of hazardous and other types of solid waste. Get details about local recyclying events.

Earth 911
A rich, authoritative site with information on where to recycle everything from used motor oil to paint to fax machines in your neighborhood, plus consuming products responsibly. Or call 1-800-CLEANUP.

Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Change Site
The EPA’s Climate change site has basic information on the issue plus actions you can take. The "What You Can Do" section has a personal greenhouse emissions survey. Find out what you can do at home, at the office or school, and on the road using their short lists of actions.

Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Energy Site
EPA’s Clean Energy site can help you understand: How does energy use affect my environment? How clean is the energy I use? How can I reduce my impact?

Environmental Protection Agency's Green Building Site
Learn about green, or sustainable, building: the practice of creating and using healthier and more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance, and demolition.

Freecycle
A large nonprofit network of groups consisting of people giving and getting free materials (from furniture to appliances and electronics). Emphasizes reusing and keeping those items out of landfills. Local coverage.

Green Guide
The National Geographic Society’s site on “living green.”

Greener Gadgets
Provides information on living and buying green. It includes a calculator for determining your energy use and a way to search for recycling centers by zipcode.

Illinois Solar Energy Association
The Illinois Solar Energy Association is a non-profit organization that promotes the widespread application of renewable energy through education and advocacy. As the Illinois chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, it is the local resource for educational classes, events, renewable energy related policy developments, local news and access to local renewable energy vendors.

Learner.org
Ideas, practices and information about reducing hazardous, solid and sewage wastes.

Planet Green
A blog-based site with information on greening your Fashion and Beauty, Food and Health, Home and Garden, Technology and Transport, Travel and Outdoors, and Work.

Recycle Bank
Offers a points system for recycling, which you can then use for discounts and merchandise. The site boasts more than 2 million users.

 

Gas Saving Tips

Edmund's
Edmund’s car buying site offers fuel economy advice.

FuelEconomy.gov - U.S. Department of Energy
Gas mileage tips from the U.S. Department of Energy.

 

Recycling

EVERYDAY RECYCLING AT THE LIBRARY

  • Books
  • Cell phones*
  • Eyeglasses*
  • Hearing Aids*
  • Ink Cartridges*

*Darien Lions Club box near the elevator.

Credit Card Recycling
Old credit cards, reward cards, gift cards and other plastic type cards contribute more than 75 million pounds of PVC (plastic resin) in landfill every year. With credit card fraud an ongoing issue it is usually not safe to throw these cards away in the trash. Now there is a company that recycles this plastic and destroys these cards responsibly. Earthworks System is a PVC recycling company grinds up old cards (ensuring they are disposed of safely) and crafts them into PVC sheets used to make new plastic cards. Retailers can then purchase Earthworks 100% recycled PVC material to make new cards.

DuPage County Green Initiatives & Recycling
Learn about electronics and other recycling services. Explore the recycling guide for information on where to dispose of hazardous and other types of solid waste. Get details about local recycling events.

Earth 911
A rich, authoritative site with information on where to recycle everything from used motor oil to paint to fax machines in your neighborhood, plus consuming products responsibly. Or call 1-800-CLEANUP.

Freecycle
A large nonprofit network of groups which consists of people giving and getting free materials (from furniture to appliances and electronics). Emphasizes reusing and keeping those items out of landfills. Local coverage.

Greener Gadgets
Provides information on living and buying green. It includes a calculator for determining your energy use and a way to search for recycling centers by zipcode.

Recycle Bank
Offers a points system for recycling, which you can then use for discounts and merchandise. The site boasts more than 2 million users.

SCARCE
Educates the community about ways to recycle and be green and provides information about upcoming recycling events in the area.

Electronics Recycling Locations

Accepted Items:
Desktop and laptop computers, TVs, printers, fax machines, radios, microwaves, small appliances (coffee makers, toasters, curling irons, hair dryers), toner cartridges, extension cords, game consoles, copy machines, CD players, DVD players, VCRs, monitors, keyboards, computer mice, cables and cords, speakers, tape players, scanners, modems, routers, stereos, docking stations, network hubs, telephones, and circuit boards, Rechargeable Batteries Only

SCARCE: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tuesdays: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; 2nd Saturdays: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; 799 Roosevelt Rd, Building 2, Suite 108, Glen Ellyn; 630/545-9710

Downers Grove: 1st Saturday of the month; 9 a.m. – noon; Village Hall, 801 Burlington Avenue (in the employee parking lot at the rear of the building, off Curtiss St.); 630/434-5500

Lisle: 3rd Saturday of the month; 9:00 a.m. to noon. 4930 Lincoln Ave. (Rt. 53), just south of Ogden Ave., just north of Lisle Police Department. Look for the sign on the West side of Rt. 53. 630/271-4100

Naperville: Tuesdays & Thursdays; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Public Works Recycling Drop Off Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive; 630/420-6095

Westmont The Downers Grove Township Highway Department accepts electronics from 8:00 a.m. to Noon on the third Saturday of the month (except holiday weekends) at 318 E. Quincy, Westmont. Call 630/719-6620 for more information.

Wheaton: 2nd Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. – 12 noon; 820 W. Liberty Drive (Public Works Storage Lot) across from Public Works Garage, just west of Carlton

Library Actions

Here’s what the library is doing:

  • Paper Retriever in the parking lot. Available to the public.
  • Used Illinois Clean Energy Foundation Lighting Grant funds for upgrade to energy efficient lighting bulbs and fixtures.
  • Recycle paper, plastic, and aluminum in building.
  • Front stairs resurfaced with recycled rubber.
  • Reusable canvas bags available for purchase for "frequent shoppers."
  • Several new trees planted.
  • Use of online databases replaces print resources.