Ongoing Local and Online Environmental Resources

Air Pollution Action Days

When: Anytime; sign up for email notifications
Who: Anyone
What: "Air quality affects how you live and breathe. Like the weather, it can change from day to day, or even hour to hour. Up-to-date information allows you to make decisions based on air quality forecasts. EnviroFlash comes to you through a partnership between the US EPA and your state or local air quality agency - notifying you about air quality so you don't have to go searching for it!"

Curbside Recycling Information

Confused about what can be recycled and what can't?  
Who: Homeowners & businesses
Where: Groot Recycling Processing Center Tours (YouTube)
Where: Check out these recycling guides from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency        

Electronics Recycling

When: Year-round; Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Who: Naperville residents; locations for other DuPage County residents; locations for Will County residents
Where: Electronics Recycling Center, 156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL
What: What Can and What Can't be Recycled; fee may apply
How: Follow the signs, stay in your vehicle

Food Scraps & Yard Waste Composting

When: Year- round; weekly
Who: Naperville Residents; for other cities search online for "Curbside Organics Recycling"
What: Yard Waste Carts/Organics Recycling - Standard yard waste and compostable food scraps such as fruits, vegetables, pastas, breads, crackers, and cereals. Meat products and/or bones are not accepted at this time.
Where: Curbside pick up with a designated cart
How: To order a yard waste/food scraps cart, call Groot at (630) 892-9294

Holiday Lights Recycling

When: Year-round; Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Who: Naperville residents; other locations in DuPage County
Where: Electronics Recycling Center, 156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville
What: Mini-lights (Italian lights), C7, C9, rope, LED; all colors and lengths as well as extension cords

Household Hazardous Waste Recycling

When: Year-round; Saturdays & Sundays, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Who: All Illinois Residents
Where: Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL
What: What's Accepted and What's not Accepted
How: Follow the signs, stay in your vehicle

Illinois 30 x 30 Conservation Task Force  

Recent conservation legislation

View the 2022 Live Sessions; View the Final Report

When:      Listening sessions took place in 2022; students were invited to take a survey to be reviewed by the task force  
Who:        Students, adults, environmental organizations, outdoor recreation advocates, conservation land trusts, water and land stewards,                      community-based organizations and the agricultural community
Where:    Online around the state
What:       "In support of the “America the Beautiful” initiative, the Illinois 30×30 Coalition has been established to advocate for state                         policy to align with this goal and to create an equitable, biodiverse, and climate-resilient Illinois for everyone."
How:        This initiative was started by high school students in Pontiac, IL. They wrote the legislation which was approved by lawmakers                         and signed into law in 2021.

Make Every Day Earth Day Mobile Tour

When: Anytime the park is open, sunrise to one hour after sunset
Who: Older children and adults
Where: Knoch Knolls Park, 336 Knoch Knolls Rd., Naperville
What: Learn about some sustainable features of the park and nature center and ways to be "green", along with local conservation efforts
How: Call 630-339-3857 or click here  

Midwest Grows Green

When: Anytime                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Who: Homeowners, businesses, municipalities and more                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     What: Learn about Integrated Pest Management and how to make recreational, home and business places - parks, playing fields and outdoor landscapes, corporate and educational campuses, native habitats and our lawns - sustainable and eco-friendly                                                                                                                              

Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

When: Anytime
Who: Homeowners & businesses
Where: Register your garden here
What: "Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC) is a nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across America." Information on how to create a pollinator garden can be found on their website."

Recycling Drop-Off Center

When: Year Round; Wednesday & Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Who: Naperville Residents; all other locations check with your city or township
Where: Electronics Recycling Center, 156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville, IL
What: Residential materials only - Recyclable Items

Save The Food Challenge

When: Anytime
Who: Anyone
What: Learn how to reduce food waste at home with tips on planning, food storage and meal prep!
How: Visit  

Textile/Clothing Reuse & Recycling

When: Year Round
Where: Donate to your local resale shops; Blue Jeans Go Green locations or by mail; Find a USAgain drop box location near you
What: For USAgain: Acceptable: clothes, shoes and household textiles regardless of condition. Household textiles include tablecloths, towels, beddings, blankets, bedspreads, etc. Clothes, shoes and textiles must be clean and dry and dropped off in tied plastic bags. A sturdy plastic bag protects the clothes from dirt and simplifies handling. Not Acceptable: mattresses, furniture, appliances, carpet, household items, toys or trash.