Village May Offer Recycling Carts
Byline: Ashok Selvam
The World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour runs from 8 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Residents from Bangkok to Sydney to Hoffman Estates will take part by shutting off their lights during the hour as a symbolic gesture hoping to raise awareness about climate change.
Familiar buildings like the Sears Tower and Motorola Corp.' s Schaumburg headquarters will dim lights and light candles, but officials readily admit turning off electricity for just an hour will hardly have an impact on the Earth's environment. Earth Hour is supposed to be symbolic, and hopefully the event will encourage the public to better conserve resources.
One way Hoffman Estates residents can help is by recycling, and the village board on Monday took steps toward getting recycling bins for residents. They didn't take a vote and only discussed the matter.
Officials still aren't sure if the program would be mandatory, though on Monday most of the trustees said they were leaning toward having an optional tryout.
Residents would have 65-gallon "toter" carts with covers for recyclable materials. The covers are essential to stop waste - like this newspaper you are possibly reading - from getting blown through the neighborhood. Officials say newspapers account for about 60 percent of recycled materials. Yes, I'm also aware you may be reading this online.
Brooke Beal, executive director of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, said residents are enthusiastic about the carts. …