Crete Library pushes for responsible recycling
May 2, 2013 3:14PM
Celebrating five years of sharing news on environmentally friendly topics and recycling information, the Crete Public Library's Green Scene board in the adult section offers information for people to be responsible recyclers. | Supplied photo
Updated: June 6, 2013 6:03AM
The Crete Public Library’s Green Scene Board is celebrating five years of sharing news on the latest environmentally friendly topics and recycling information.
Located in the adult section of the library, the board offers information for responsible recycling. It changes monthly and offers patrons pictures and short articles about how individuals and businesses recycle to make our world a cleaner, healthier place to live.
The board also includes news about how our ecosystem is being helped through local and international organizations. Recent articles were about reclaiming a strip mine for endangered owls, collecting and repairing bicycles for people around the world, schools generating energy with solar panels, and students collecting jeans for homeless teens across America.
Updated handouts on recycling locations for newspapers, glass, cardboard, Styrofoam, electronics, batteries and vehicle parts are available. The library also offers free handouts on the Will County recycling program. Handout information covers composting, CF light bulb recycling, household hazardous waste collections and residential electronics recycling.
The library has developed good recycling habits over the years, recycling paper, cardboard, aluminum and plastic at the Crete Lions Club Recycling Center. The library’s main lobby provides drop-off containers for eyeglasses, printer cartridges, cell phones and batteries. The adult and children’s departments provide a variety of materials covering many topics of sustainable green living such as organic gardening, composting, recycled crafts and family nutrition.
Patrons may check out “Investigating the Case of the 4 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink)” developed by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. The kit includes videos, DVDs, books, educational resources and a variety of products made from recycled materials.
The Crete Public Library was one of 10 libraries in the state selected to receive the kit, which is suitable for teaching the importance of the four R’s to ages K-adult.
Check out the Kill-A-Watt Kit and see which appliance in your home is costing you the most money. This is an easy-to-use electricity usage monitor which includes the book “The Home Energy Diet” by Paul Sheckel.
During April, the youth services department’s activity table has educational coloring sheets on the three R’s plus a display of “green” books for checkout, recycled crafts and more.
For more information on Will County services, visit www.willcountylanduse.com or email@example.com.
For more information about the library, which is at 1177 Main St., visit www.cretelibrary.org.