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McHenry County Green Awards

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The Green Awards, which were established in 1994 are intended to recognize the daily efforts and activities of our residents, businesses, institutions, and organizations to improve the waste reduction and recycling in McHenry County. These are the people who really positively impact our recycling rates, provide services to our residents, and are an example to others of how these efforts can be accomplished.

 Submit a Nomination for the 2019 McHenry County Green Awards
Deadline March 29th, 2019

McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) and the McHenry County Solid Waste Advisory Committee invite you to submit a nomination for the McHenry County Green Awards.  Entries will be considered based on environmentally sound waste reduction or recycling efforts, innovation, and education / encouragement of participation.

The McHenry County Green Awards recognize the waste reduction, recycling, and conservation efforts of businesses, institutions, organizations, and residents in the County.  These innovative programs positively impact our community and recycling rates, provide services to our residents, and represent examples to others interested in providing similar services.

Green award winners will be selected by the McHenry County Solid Waste Advisory Committee and will be recognized at special events throughout the year.  One award will be chosen for each of the following categories:

  • Business:  manufacturing, retail, offices, hotels, restaurants
  • Institution:  schools, hospitals, long-term care facilities, government
  • Organization:  associations, clubs, volunteer groups
  • Individual

Help us to recognize valuable waste reduction and/or recycling programming and nominate this year's potential award winner.  Please submit nominations to Kelli Boeckmann, Solid Waste Manager, at [email protected] or by fax at 815-334-4637.  The application form is available below (see Application for the McHenry County Green Award Nominations).  Nominations will be accepted through March 29th.  For additional information call Kelli Boeckmann at 815-334-4585.

Application for the McHenry County Green Award Nominations


2013 Recipients of the McHenry County Green Awards

2013 Green Award Recipients

The 2013 Green Award recipients were recognized on June 4, 2013 by the McHenry County Board.

Berry Plastics (Woodstock) for implementing a recycling program in its manufacturing processes – plastic runners are removed/re-ground to make new products at their facility or sold as material to similar plastic injection molding facilities; vendors return usable cardboard shipping boxes which are recycled through a cardboard compactor; metals are recycled at a local metal salvaging operation; energy-efficient hand dryers were installed to create less paper towel waste; and an annual Earth Day tour of the facility is offered to Dean Street School students. Berry Plastics’ development teams and operations work closely together on waste reduction, reuse and recycling options for solid waste decisions.

Village of Huntley for providing additional recycling opportunities for its residents. By partnering with an organization that recycles and refurbishes electronics, the Village collected approximately 35,000 pounds of electronics.

Blessing Barn (Crystal Lake) for its innovative partnership efforts with several community organizations to assist with the acceptance and storage capacity for donations of clothing, basic life need items and household goods. Through these partnerships, Blessing Barn distributes hundreds of items monthly, assisting over 60 families per month and providing a unique reuse opportunity for McHenry County residents in need. Blessing Barn will be expanding its outreach to residents under its “Tubs on the Road” program with the addition of its new mobile trailer.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of McHenry County (Woodstock) for its continued recycling initiatives integrated into employee practices which help to support many charitable organizations. These include aluminum can tabs, plastic bottle caps and “box tops” school program in addition to recycling several recyclable materials (paper, cardboard, aluminum cans and plastic bottles).

Fox River Grove Middle School for promoting and implementing waste reduction, beneficial reuse and recycling awareness by students and staff through their waste-free lunch program, continued recycling of several recyclable materials (aluminum cans, plastic bottles, used paper, milk cartons, plastic bags) and reuse of unwanted school supplies and other items at the end of the school year.

2012 Recipients of the McHenry County Green Awards

Aptar, Cary and McHenry campuses, for implementing a recycling program in their manufacturing processes, cafeteria and office areas; reusing packaging materials; and improving waste reduction practices by installing energy-efficient devices (LED lighting fixtures, occupancy sensors, energy-conserving roof). 
Village of Algonquin for providing additional recycling opportunities for their residents. Through partnerships with the waste hauling industry, an electronics recycler/refurbisher and a charitable organization, the Village provided recycling opportunities for electronic waste, alkaline batteries, traditional recyclable materials and household items. 

Bethany Lutheran Church (Green Team) in Crystal Lake, for promoting and implementing green procurement practices. These include using a paperless messaging system for their congregation, utilizing more environmentally friendly cleaning products, purchasing recyclable supplies and promoting a culture of solid waste stewardship in their congregation. 
Ken Santowski, for providing recycling opportunities for some of the more difficult types of waste packaging materials including bubble wrap, packing peanuts and Styrofoam.


2011 Recipients of the McHenry County Green Awards

Lowe Enterprises for providing a local option for recycling general construction and demolition debris. Lowe Enterprises has been the single largest recycler of solid waste in McHenry County for several years.

Environmental Defenders of McHenry County for providing opportunities for recycling some of the more difficult types of waste including batteries, fluorescent lamps, packing peanuts and Styrofoam.

Woodstock Community Unit School District 200 for creating a comprehensive program of waste reduction, beneficial reuse and recycling by students and staff throughout the district and promoting a culture of solid waste stewardship in their schools.

2011 Honorable Mentions:

Village of Cary for their “Community Paper Shredding and Electronic Recycling Event” initiative that collected approximately 16.55 tons of paper and 34,166 pounds of electronics for reuse and recycling.

Pioneer Center for Human Services for the establishment of a recycling program, continued green initiatives integrated into their employee practices and their treatment, vocational and residential programs, and for annual recycling approximately 22 tons of cardboard and 2 tons of aluminum.

Chicago Logistic Service for their innovative partnership efforts with schools, organization and downstream vendors to collect and recycle approximately 9510 cubic feet of Styrofoam to create hard plastics, and reuse packing peanuts and bubble wrap for packaging and shipping.

Village of Algonquin for their “Village’s E-Waste Recycling Event” initiative that collected approximately 69,110 pounds of electronics for recycling and their continued efforts to reach their waste diversion goal of 50%.

First Presbyterian Church of Marengo Thrift Store for their reuse initiative created and operated by volunteers and established collaborative efforts with the Salvation Army, church members, community organizations and businesses to accept donated items such as clothing, furniture, books, etc. for resale to assist others with groceries, utility bills, rent, etc.

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