Recycling and Conservation: Community News
Grant Funds for Rural Residential Recycling
Building Sustainable Communities
Peoria County is working to provide recycling opportunities in small towns facing unique challenges that make programs expensive. Take advantage of this program offering grant funds to engage your community to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Applications Due: Anytime. Funds given out on first-come, first-served basis until depleted.
Learn more about Illinois' Green Economy Network
The Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) is a consortium of Illinois community colleges working to grow the green economy of Illinois. IGEN’s unique statewide cooperative approach leverages the power of a sustainability network with the deep community connections of individual colleges to expand deployment of clean energy technologies, increase employment opportunities, improve environmental and human health, foster community engagement, and accelerate market competitiveness.
IGEN's involvement to promote renewable engergy projects including: renewable energy installation, smart grid classrooms, solar for schools, green job training. view flyer here
Celebrate Earth Day Every Day in 2016!
Here are some great ways to celebrate everyday.
Set your printer to print on both sides of the paper
Tap your bottled water use– Carry a reusable water bottle.
Sign up for Peoria County’s e-newsletter firstname.lastname@example.org
Grow, Don’t Mow! Landscape with native plants, or better yet grow some groceries
Start composting. It is easy! Divert organics from the landfill and benefit your garden http://web.extension.illinois.edu/homecompost/intro.cfm
Bag the plastic bags– Bring your own.
Check if your grocery store accepts plastic bags for recycling.
REDUCE– Your take out trash! Don’t take flatware, napkins or condiments unless needed.
Wipe out waste– Cut your use of paper towels. Use old socks for cleaning rags.
Get the closets cleaned out– DONATE items for reuse.
REUSE the rain. Add a rain barrel, and make use of rainwater when plants need it. http://peoriacountyswcd.tripod.com/rain-barrels.html
Skip the copies, scan and save your tax receipts.
E-file your taxes.
Get the best MPG– check your tire pressure.
Save paper and postage– have bills automatically withdrawn or pay online.
Get the garden started. Hardy and half- hardy vegetables can be planted http://web.extension.illinois.edu/vegguide/step06.cfm
Shop locally grown or made-reducing transportation emissions.
Shop at consignment or reuse stores.
Clean the garage– DONATE items for reuse.
Make Earth Day Every Day!
Compost at Home
Before you throw away food scraps at the end of a meal, consider using them and other organic materials for compost. Items such as leaves, grass and vegetable scraps are broken down by microorganisms to form a rich soil-like substance called compost.
What Do You Need to Home Compost?
All you need to compost is enthusiasm, yard or food waste (except meat or dairy products) and some space. Compost piles don't need to be enclosed, although many people use a bin or similar enclosure. You can purchase a compost bin or easily construct one with common materials such as chicken wire, snow fencing, lumber or used pallets. Other tools that come in handy for composting are a garden hose, wheelbarrow and common garden tools.
A 4x4x4 foot area out of direct sunlight is ideal for your compost pile. Choose an easily accessible spot on a grass or soil base. Composting can begin any time of the year, but many people start in the fall when leaves are abundant. Organic materials should be mixed, adding water as needed, so the materials feel like a moist sponge. The compost pile should be turned after a few weeks so that the outside layers are exchanged with the center of the pile. Turn compost piles about once a month, except in cold winter conditions. Water can be added during turning, if necessary.
What to Avoid
While many yard wastes and kitchen scraps can be successfully composted, some materials should be kept out of the compost pile.
Do not compost the following:
• Diseased plants or leaves
• Persistent weeds (poison ivy, multiflora rose, bindweed, quack grass, etc.)
• Human or pet feces
• Meat, dairy products and kitchen vegetables cooked with animal fats
• Plants that have gone to seed