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Environment & Natural Resources Commission

The Environment and Natural Resources Commission (ENRC) assists 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 Monday of every other month beginning in February at 6:00 p.m. at Village Hall (6101 Capulina Avenue). Information on the ENRC's many programs, initiatives, and events is provided below.

COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP DAY - THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION!

On behalf of Mayor DiMaria and the Environment and Natural Resources Commission, we want to extend a big THANK YOU to all those who participated in Community Clean-up Day. By generously volunteering your time and energy, you have helped to create a cleaner and more sustainable community for us all! We appreciate your efforts!

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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

 

SWANCC Videos

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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