Environment & Natural Resources

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Environment & Natural Resources Commission

The Environment and Natural Resources Commission (ENRC) replaces the former Board of Environment Health and Natural Resources Commission and will assist the Village Board’s efforts to promote the conservation preservation improvement, and protection of the environment and natural resources of the Village. The Commission meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at Village Hall (6101 Capulina Avenue). Information on the ENRC's many programs, initiatives, and events is provided below.

Morton Grove Sustainability Expo 2022

Saturday, September 10, 2022
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Morton Grove Civic Center
6140 Dempster Street

The 2022 Morton Grove Sustainability Expo will feature exhibits from local businesses and community organizations that are providing greener services, ideas, and opportunities to help Morton Grove residents and businesses.

Applications will be accepted until August 20, 2022. The online application can be found here.

2022 Greener Morton Grove Award

The Village’s Greener Morton Grove Award program is designed to recognize businesses, organizations, groups and multi-family residential complexes in Morton Grove that have promoted environmentally sustainable practices such as waste reduction, water conservation and energy efficiency. The Village recognizes the importance of government, residents and businesses working together to reach our sustainability goals!

Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2022. The online application can be found here.

2022 Crayon Recycling Program

The Village is excited to announce the 2022 Crayon Recycling Program! Many people may not know, but crayons are a petroleum product that can take many years to break down in our landfills. Every year, up to 75,000 pounds of broken crayons are thrown away across the country. In an effort to redirect this material from the trash, the Village is launching its Crayon Recycling Program where we will collect broken, used, and unwanted crayons and send them to SCARCE for their Super Crayons Program.

Bring your crayons to one of our drop-off locations. You can help prep the crayons for recycling by removing its paper wrapper prior to drop off. The Village will send all crayons collected to SCARCE for recycling. Thank you for your efforts!

Drop-off crayons by June 30, 2022

Morton Grove Village Hall | 6101 Capulina Avenue
Morton Grove Public Library | 6140 Lincoln Avenue
Morton Grove Park District | 6834 Dempster Street

SWANCC Eco-Landscaping Guide

Spring is just around the corner and SWANCC offers an Eco-Landscaping Guide to assist homeowners, municipalities, and businesses with healthier options to maintain lawns and outdoor green spaces.

The guide presents resources to encourage people to use alternatives to conventional lawn care methods and chemicals. The way one cares for an outdoor space is a choice that has effects far beyond property lines. Yards are our outdoor homes and provide great spaces for playing and relaxing. Over the years, lawns have been managed in a reactive or conventional way by applying fertilizer and weed killer.

Decision-makers now have choices for cultivating and maintaining their property with organic or natural methods - a proactive approach to managing lawns and turf.

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2021 Morton Grove Sustainability Expo

Thank you to all the vendors, volunteers, sponsors, and attendees that came out and made our first Sustainability Expo successful! You can watch our vendor recap video here!

Recycling Right Matters

Daily, SWANCC staff receive inquiries from residents asking how to manage items that have reusability, recyclability, or the need for proper disposal. "Recycling Right Matters" is a 10-minute informational video that pertains to residential curbside recycling and highlights the following information.

  • Acceptable materials
  • How to prepare materials
  • Technology that sorts materials
  • Products that are made from recycled materials
  • What NOT to put in your curbside recycling cart
  • Where to take items for donation, disposal or that have a special collection program

If you would like more information about recycling, see the Agency's FAQs.

Morton Grove Sustainability Plan

Village staff, the Environment and Natural Resources Commission (ENRC), and Village partners continue to work collaboratively to implement the Morton Grove Sustainability Plan. The Village Board adopted the Plan in January 2021 as a guide to the Village’s efforts toward creating a more sustainable community and region from 2020 to 2030.

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