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Environment & Natural Resources

Environment & Natural Resources


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.





On behalf of Mayor DiMaria and the Environment and Natural Resources Commission, we wanted to extend our sincerest appreciation to all those who participated in Community Clean-Up Day. We had over 50 volunteers and collected over 30 bags of litter from all around the Village. Thank you for your time and commitment to create a cleaner and more sustainable community for us all!



Register for the 2023 Morton Grove Sustainability Expo

Saturday, September 9, 2023
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Morton Grove Civic Center
6140 Dempster Street

The 2023 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, 2023. The online application can be found here.



After a successful 2022 crayon-collection program, the Village is launching the 2023 Crayon & Marker Recycling Program! Crayons and markers are petroleum and plastic products that take many years to break down in landfills. Every year, up to 75,000 pounds of broken crayons are thrown away across the country. Crayola alone manufactures 465 million markers annually.

In an effort to redirect this material from landfills, the Village is pleased to offer its Crayon & Marker Recycling Program. The Village will collect used markers and crayons and send them to SCARCE for recycling.

Bring your crayons and markers to one of our drop-off locations. You can help prep the crayons for recycling by removing their paper wrappers prior to drop-off. Thank you for your efforts to keep crayons and markers out of landfills!

Crayon & Marker Drop-Off

April 1 – June 30, 2023

Morton Grove Village Hall | 6101 Capulina Avenue
Morton Grove Public Library | 6140 Lincoln Avenue


Compost at Home Video

Contamination! Was This You?

Electronics Recycling Know the Law Video

How to Manage Medications and Sharps Video

How to Manage Paint and Household Chemicals Video

Llamando Atencion la Contaminación ¿Es Usted?

MRF Virtual Tour 2020 Video

Recycling and Sorting Behind the Scenes Video

Recycling Can Be Easy, If You Do It Right Video

Recycling Right Matters! Video


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.


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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