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Glen Ellyn Residents Celebrate Earth Day

Glen Ellyn, IL. – More than one billion people in 192 countries took part in the 42nd Anniversary of Earth Day. Glen Ellyn joined communities from Cairo to Beijing, Melbourne to Rome, Rio to Washington, D.C., united in efforts go green. The Village held two events to celebrate this anniversary: the Boy and Girl Scout Earth Day Extravaganza and the Recycling Extravaganza.
Boy and Girl Scout Earth Day Extravaganza
Nearly 160 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts kicked off the festivities on April 19 with the Earth Day Extravaganza sponsored by the Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission and SCARCE. The first through fourth-graders decorated a rain barrel, played environmental bingo, made paper, and learned about recycling. Public Works Director Julius Hansen taught the kids how to plant trees and each participant received a tree sapling upon departure.
“The trees were a donation – native oaks to help reforest the historic oak groves of Glen Ellyn,” said Lee Neary, chair of the Environmental Commission.
"Scout leaders love events that are inexpensive, educational, and planned out for us. The Earth Day Extravaganza hit all three," reported Sally Elvart, leader of fourth grade Girl Scout Troop #50282.
Recycling Extravaganza
The Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission hosted the annual Recycling Extravaganza in the municipal parking lot at the intersection of Duane Street and Lorraine Road, on April 28. Despite a forecast that included cold temperatures and 70 percent chance for precipitation, the cars were lined up well before the 8 a.m. start time. Glen Ellyn resident Sue Keenan was the first to enter the lot and dropped off a crock pot, key board and cell phones. By 12:15 p.m., Tony Jent was the last visitor with electronics he had been saving for the event.
More than 750 vehicles stopped by and local organizations and companies kept a great number of items from making it to landfills. Among the successes:
• Creative Recycling Systems collected 53,275 pounds of electronics including computers, monitors and televisions.
• Its Our Earth of Wheaton collected 600 pounds of records and 5 pounds of floppy disks.
• Boy Scout Troop #303 collected 212 American flags and will arrange for proper disposal.
• Working Bikes received 22 bikes which will be repaired and provided to needy children.
Also on hand were the Salvation Army which collected household items and clothing; the Book Exchange; the Lions Club which collected eyeglasses for distribution to people in developing countries through Lions International; SCARCE collecting keys, ink jet cartridges and cell phones; Amerigas which collected propane and oxygen tanks; Habitat for Humanity collecting hardware; Cintas collecting fire extinguishers; and Interstate Battery.

“With the threat of rain dampening the prospects for the Extravaganza, we were thrilled by the impressive support displayed by Glen Ellyn residents for the importance of recycling,” Chairman Neary concluded.
The Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission’s purpose is to protect the public health, safety, and welfare; conserve natural resources; protect the environment; and acquire and disseminate technical information relative to the environment and natural resources. The Commission meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Civic Center.

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