Residents go green at Northbrook Farmers Market Art of Recycling Day

Northbrook Farmers Market hosts its fourth annual Art of Recycling Day, July 23, sponsored by Advanced Disposal, the village’s refuse collection provider. The goal of the event is to demonstrate that everyone can find new and easy ways to live greener and practice better environmental stewardship, in keeping with the farmers market mission.

Several organizations are coming together to participate:

Advanced Disposal will offer tours of their state-of-the-art recycling collection truck and hand out information and tips on recycling to help residents learn about reducing the village’s waste stream.

Several specially chosen “recycle artists” who offer unique and one-of-a-kind upcycled and repurposed treasures will set up booths. All of their items must be made with at least 50 percent materials that would have gone into landfills, but now are usable, wearable and/or aesthetically pleasing objects. By creating a marketplace for such items, we’re encouraging artists and craftspeople to find new and profitable ways to recycle trash into treasure.

Northbrook’s Goodwill Industries will collect clothing, shoes and small household items. Donating unwanted items to a resale shop for someone else to reuse is the ultimate in recycling because it keeps items out of landfills.

Go Green Northbrook will hand out information and provide an eye-opening visual on how many plastic grocery bags the average American uses annually.

Northfield Township Road District’s collection vehicles will take old paint, electronics, batteries and other household waste items for proper disposal. Please note: collection vehicles will be lined up five blocks west of the farmers market in the parking lot of Northbrook United Methodist Church, Cherry and Western. Enter off of Western and drive through. You do not need to get out of your car: helpers will offload for you. For a comprehensive list of acceptable items, visit http://www.northfieldtownship.com/recycling-program.html.

Also in the Methodist church parking lot, OSDD Shred, a division of Northbrook’s Glenkirk, will collect paper for shredding on site. To spare the equipment from damage, please make sure there are no metal objects mixed in such as paperclips.

Of course, a full compliment of the market’s regular vendors offering fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan cheeses, and other products will be available as usual.

The market is open rain or shine, Wednesdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 8, in Meadow Plaza parking lot, Cherry Lane and Meadow Road.

Visit www.NorthbrookFarmersMarket.org for more details.

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