The Village of Algonquin, IL

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Styrofoam Collection Site Reopened

The Village of Algonquin, in partnership with the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, is pleased to announce the re-opening of its Styrofoam collection site at the Public Works Facility, 110 Meyer Drive in Algonquin.  Collection at this location is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Environmental Defenders has partnered with U-Haul of Crystal Lake to provide a truck for the transportation of the collected Styrofoam from this and other sites to a warehouse in Elgin at Chicago Logistic Service. Dart Corporation in Aurora has teamed up with The Environmental Defenders to provide a semi-trailer for transporting the Styrofoam from Elgin to their facility in Aurora where it is upcycled.

Styrofoam (expanded polystyrene) is a plastic product made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource that breaks down into smaller pieces over time, polluting and contaminating water resources and endangering aquatic life and our food-stream. Petroleum-based packaging materials, like polystyrene, have serious environmental consequences.  The reduction in use of polystyrene products, such as plates, cups and take-out containers, is vital, but in the meantime, The Environmental Defenders continue to advocate for the up-cycling of this bulky product in order to prevent it from inundating landfills.

For more information, please contact the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County at 815-338-0393.