Petzel: Electronic waste collection makes Oak Lawn ‘greener community’
By Cheryl Petzel Citizen Journalistemail@example.com January 31, 2013 1:24PM
Oak Lawn residents can drop off old computers, components, televisions and other electronic items at the village’s Public Works Garage, 5550 W. 98th St. | Supplied Photo
Updated: March 4, 2013 6:10AM
Greetings fellow Oak Lawnians!
In case you aren’t aware or have forgotten, Oak Lawn has a permanent electronic waste collection site. The drive-through site, which opened in 2009, is a wonderful resource for residents and neighboring communities, and everyone should take advantage of it and use it regularly.
“We’re very proud of the Green Team — where we’ve come from and where we’re going,” said Alex Olejniczak, chairman of the Green Team.
Olejniczak said he credits village forester Heather Green and public works employee Jack Lopez, along with the Green Team, for the e-waste site’s success.
Lopez, who oversees the collection site, said he not only is committed to making the program successful, but to making Oak Lawn a greener community.
“Jack is one of the most informational guys on e-waste that I’ve ever met. He’s a great resource and a great resident,” Olejniczak said.
Lopez is so committed to the cause that he volunteers his time at the collection site during its hours of operation to make sure it is fully operational and staffed with enough volunteers.
Besides Lopez, at least four other volunteers are needed.
The minimum age for volunteers is “middle school and above,” Lopez said. It’s a great way for students to earn their community service hours and learn about recycling.
The collection site is open from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of the month. On designated Saturdays, volunteers are needed from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lopez said he enjoys educating young volunteers on the importance of recycling and why our community and its residents need to do their part to reduce their carbon footprint.
Lopez always is at the site to greet you with a smile, along with his staff of friendly volunteers, who make sure the site runs efficiently. You just load up your vehicle with your disposable items and drive into the village’s Public Works Garage, 5550 W. 98th St.
Volunteers unload your vehicle and, in a few minutes, you’re in and out.
Collection items include smoke alarms, cell phones, computers and monitors; cameras, and anything with an electrical cord, such as small appliances, coffeemakers, TVs and microwaves.
Batteries of all kinds, used inkjet and toner cartridges and lots of other items can be dropped off at the collection site. Refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners, glass items or items containing Freon cannot be disposed of at the collection site.
If you’re interested in volunteering at the collection site, contact Lopez at (708) 499-7748 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on items accepted at the collection site, visit www.oaklawn-il.gov and click on the link for “Green Team.”
Happy fifth birthday to Jack Makuch from his parents, Jamie and Jeff, and brother, Lukas. Sandy and Dave Wills send birthday wishes to their granddaughters, Ronnie Guagenti and Julie Smith, who are turning 9. Happy 10th birthday to Kevin and Mickey Haggerty, from their parents, Tim and Maurren.
Theresa and Wally Antonowicz wish their grandson, Anton Tomacic, a happy 10th birthday. Happy 15th birthday to Nicholas Maslanka, from his parents, and Rosemary and Michelle. Happy 20th birthday to Kyle Frega, from his parents, and Kody and Patrick.
Happy 21st birthday to Andrea DeMoss, from her family. Happy 21st birthday to Christina Pender, from her parents, Tina and Tim, and Rachel. Nina Thorell’s parents wish her a happy 23rd birthday.
Happy 28th birthday to Kristen Brooks, from her family and Meaner. Happy 29th birthday to Holly Bubel, from her parents, Nancy and Roy, and Kelly, Brian and Grandma Bubel. Happy 34th birthday to Maurine Cody, from her mom, Patty.
Julie Busse’s family wish her a happy birthday. Birthday wishes go out to Kelli Kelly, from her family and students. Bertha Tapia-Herrera’s family wish her a happy birthday. Happy birthday to Yolanda Sawicki from her family.
Happy birthday to Helen Makina. Happy birthday to Bill Prusinski and to Jeff Blackburn from Mary. Happy birthday to Jim Bruen, from his children, Kelcey, Sean and Patrick.
Happy birthday to Jerry Hurckes. Les Sawicki’s family wish him a happy 66th birthday. Happy 69th birthday to Hank Castillo, from his wife, Lori. Happy 70th birthday to William Braun, from his wife, Carol, and Dan, Tim and Julie.
Wedding anniversary wishes go out to Bob and Kathy Cook; John and Betty Kastros; and Michael and Beth Durkin on their ninth anniversary; Ian and Cori Ellis on their 25th anniversary; and Jim and Charlotte Dillon on their 35th anniversary.
Keep your fellow Oak Lawnians informed about birthdays, special events or special “stuff” going on with your family or within the community. Call me at (708) 899-9544.