LAKE ZURICH, Ill. – The Village of Lake Zurich announced plans at a March 15 village board meeting to launch a pilot program that would recycle styrofoam, starting next month. The effort is in partnership with the American Legion.
“I look at this as another great, green step forward in this community,” said Mayor Tom Poynton.
The partnership will coincide with Earth Day (Thurs., April 22) and Arbor Day (Friday, April 30) and will be only the second program of its kind to roll out in Lake County (the other being Highland Park).
Styrofoam is one example of materials that cannot go in regular recycling bins for pickup in most communities nationwide. It must be dropped off at special facilities that are able to process and recycle styrofoam.
In addition to Highland Park, Lake Zurich will join seven other municipalities in Illinois with a facility where styrofoam can be dropped off for recycling, the others being Glenview, Winnetka, North Aurora, Western Springs, two locations in the city of Chicago, and Urbana in central Illinois.
“This program will cost the village zero dollars,” said Poynton.
According to Poynton, the village has secured a free storage container that will act as a styrofoam receptacle, and all styrofoam that is dropped off will be collected by Dart Container Corporation free of charge.
The only investment required on the part of the village will be to have someone present at the drop-off point to avoid fly dumping, which is the illegal dumping of waste material, according to the city of Chicago’s website.
The drop-off point will be in the far northwest corner of the parking lot next to the village hall. The drop-off will be open to the public but with “very” limited hours at first, said Poynton.
Poynton suggested that community volunteers might staff the drop-off point eventually, to prevent fly dumping.
Rockford is currently the only community in the state of Illinois that offers curbside pickup for the recycling of styrofoam.