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Environmental Defenders of McHenry County closes recycling drive during winter months

Outreach coordinator Cynthia Kanner; Bill Howenstine of Pioneer Tree Farm; and Lynn Rotunno, member and layout artist for the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County's newsletter, Earth Connect, enjoy a day of volunteering at Pioneer Tree Farm on Dec. 16 during the annual fundraising "Cut Your Own Christmas Tree" event. Some proceeds from the event go to the defenders, a local nonprofit membership organization working to preserve and protect the environment in McHenry County since 1970.
Outreach coordinator Cynthia Kanner; Bill Howenstine of Pioneer Tree Farm; and Lynn Rotunno, member and layout artist for the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County's newsletter, Earth Connect, enjoy a day of volunteering at Pioneer Tree Farm on Dec. 16 during the annual fundraising "Cut Your Own Christmas Tree" event. Some proceeds from the event go to the defenders, a local nonprofit membership organization working to preserve and protect the environment in McHenry County since 1970.

WOODSTOCK – The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County’s monthly recycling drive has been suspended during the winter months.

The recycling drive will be closed during the rest of December, January and February and will reopen in March, according to a news release from the group.

Through a partnership with U-Haul of Crystal Lake, Dart Co., the village of Algonquin, Chicago Logistic Service and the Algonquin Township Highway Department, Styrofoam collection sites will remain open.

The Algonquin Styrofoam collection site at 110 Meyer Drive is open 24 hours, and the Crystal Lake site at 3702 Route 14 is open from 6:30 a.m. to
3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“Styrofoam (expanded polystyrene) is a product made from petroleum, a nonrenewable resource,” the release said. “It can break down into smaller pieces, entering the human food stream through fish and other marine animals, and is detrimental to marine life in this process.”

In 2018, the defenders will add an additional location in Woodstock where clean Styrofoam can be dropped off.

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the environment, according to its website.

For information, call 815-338-0393 from 10 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit mcdef.org. Donations also can be made directly to the Styrofoam collection program at generosity.com.

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