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Waste Management is a proud environmental partner of the Buffalo Grove Park District.

Upcoming Events

Green Fair
Sunday, September 25
8 am – 12:30 pm

This free event for the whole family will provide information and activities to help residents learn about the small steps they can take at home, work and in the community to improve our environment and make Buffalo Grove a greener and healthier place to live.

Some of the items being collected for recycling and repurposing include books, bicycles and  bicycle parts, small working appliances, eyeglasses, hearing aids, keys, vases, pots and pans, flatware, dishes, gently used towels and linens (no cushions, pillows or rugs), used crayons, all types of footwear (please tie pairs together with laces, rubber bands or zip-ties – no rollerblades or ice skates), stuffed animals, dolls and toys, (no other toys), new, gently used or worn clothing (all sizes, fabrics, types – includes pet clothing and costumes, all clean and bagged), belts, scarves, hats, purses, duffle bags, and backpacks, any condition vinyl records, commercial CDs and DVDs in their cases (no cassette tapes), ink cartridges, cell phones and hearing aid batteries.

Please note: No lightbulbs or batteries besides hearing aid batteries.

Please save your plastic bread tags to be recycled (not the wire ties). The funds raised from that program will help provide wheelchairs for those in need. For a complete list of exhibits, activities and collection items, visit Check back often, as our list of items being collected will be growing.

Green Fair Flyer

Green Lake Park Arboretum Dedication & Planting Event
Saturday, October 1
9 am to 12 pm

Last fall, more than 40 volunteers helped to plant 150 native trees and shrubs at Green Lake Park to establish the new arboretum. The Green Lake Park Arboretum was recently certified and joins more than 2200 arboreta worldwide on the Morton Register of Arboreta. The trees and shrubs were selected for their ability to provide for the needs of migrating birds and insect pollinators for shelter, forage, and nectar, and were installed in sunny or shady, wet or dry situations, depending on their preferences.

Trees and shrubs provide other benefits. They purify the air we breathe, cool and enrich soils, and sequester carbon above and below ground. With a variety of forms and sizes, flowers, and foliage, they will provide year-round interest for park visitors.

Signage is being installed that will provide a link for each plant species to the Illinois Wildflower database, so that visitors can learn how to use these plants in their home landscape. A brief dedication will be followed by a guided tour and a planting event to install more trees and shrubs. Most of the plants are thriving in their new locations; but a few will need to be replaced. In addition, some of the beds need more plants to fill the available space. And there is always room for additional trees at the park.

This is a family-friendly activity. No experience is needed. We will supply tools and training. Bring work gloves if you have them, water and sunscreen. Children under 14 need parental supervision. For more information, contact Jeff Weiss at 847.224.0965 or

Event Flyer

2021 Photos

The Environmental Action Team participated in 2 Adopt-a-Highway events in April and October, by picking up liter on a stretch of roadway on Deerfield Parkway.

Adopt A Highway

Adopt A Highway


Document Destruction

On September 18, 2021 our members directed traffic at the Village/SWANCC document destruction event, held at Banner Plumbing.


After having to cancel last year’s event because of the pandemic, the Environmental Action Team sponsored a Green Fair on September 19.  There were 24 exhibitors that resulted in the collection of many items that will be reused and recycled.

Green Fair

Green Fair

The Environmental Action Team organized and led planting of more than 2,500 shrubs, trees, wildflowers and grass plants in a woodland, a swale, and along pond shorelines at Green Lake Park. We also established a new arboretum at the park. More than 90 volunteers participated in 2 events in May and September 2021.

Planting at Green Lake Park

Planting at Green Lake Park

We want to thank our team members who joined with 20 volunteers at the seed processing on December 4. They processed 107 pounds of seeds, representing 72 different species of native plants that were collected locally by Scouts and other community volunteers. These seeds will be scattered in our parks and village natural areas. The estimated cost of purchasing these seeds is $15,000 – $20,000 if purchased from a native seed nursery; so, this is a valuable service to our community.

Seed Planting Photo

Seed Planting Photo

2020 Photos

October 2020

October 2020

During the weekend of October 24-25, we collected native seeds with Rotarians at Willow Stream Park on Saturday to help with a student’s Eagle Scout project; and, we collected trash for the Adopt-a-Highway cause that we support twice a year.  Thanks to all who came out to help!

September Photos

September 2020The Buffalo Grove Environmental Action Team assisted with traffic control at the document destruction event on September 12, hosted by the Village of Buffalo Grove and SWANCC.  There were 437 cars that came through with documents, despite the rainy weather and the fact that the event did not have electronics recycling.  This is an annual volunteer event for the group. 


2019 Green Fair Photos

2019 Green Fair

2019 Green Fair

2019 Green Fair

2019 Green Fair

Environmental Action Team’s 10th Anniversary

Buffalo Grove Environmental Action Team celebrates 10 years!  The Buffalo Grove Environmental Action Team has been actively working to improve the local environment through a wide range of activities.

  • Healthy habitats – We sponsors an annual Plant the Park event to establish native trees and plants to restore prairies, woods and wetlands in our parks. We organized an exhibit and a series of events at the Raupp Museum to honor our natural heritage and surviving prairie remnants.
  • Green Fair – Our Green Fair has been running each June for 6 years. It features educational booths and opportunities to recycle a wide variety of household items. More than 300 bicycles have been donated to Working Bikes Cooperative at this event.
  • Recycling – We brought recycling to BG Days and organized our first electronics recycling event in 2009. Now, we staff the annual recycling event in conjunction with the Village and SWANCC.
  • Energy use – We promote alternative energy and worked with the Village to implement the electrical aggregation program that purchased 100% green energy for Village residents for 3 years.
  • Transportation – Our members served on the Village bicycle commission.
  • Clean water – Our members founded the Buffalo Creek Clean Water Partnership and conduct annual water quality assessments in Buffalo Creek.
  • Clean roadways and parks – We formed an Adopt-A-Highway team and organizes annual stream cleanups along Farrington Ditch.
  • Monarch butterflies – Our members enrolled Buffalo Grove in the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge and pass out milkweed seeds at the farmers market and other local events.

What other actions can we take to improve the local environment?  Bring your ideas to our team and we will help you make them a reality.  You can contact us at

Buffalo Creek Clean Water Partnership

Mission Statement

The Environmental Action Team of Buffalo Grove strives to raise awareness, improve our community’s natural environment and encourage sustainability practices for present and future generations.

Environmental Action Team

Buffalo Grove is in the center of Chicago Wilderness, an area surprisingly rich in diversity and native species.  Would you like to improve our local environment and meet other people with similar interests?

If so, join the Buffalo Grove Park District Environmental Action Team.  As our name implies, we are an action team, and we are looking for new ideas to improve the environment in Buffalo Grove.

If you have questions, please contact Jeff Weiss at or 847.224.0965.
Summary of project that the Buffalo Grove Environmental Action Team participates in:


  • The annual Green Fair in June – 20 exhibitors at Mike Rylko Community Park, with many informational and recycling collection booths.


  • Members and volunteers from the Deer Grove East Forest Preserve process native seeds in December that were collected in the fall to be planted in Park District parks.


  • Participate in the Deer Grove West Earth Day event in April.
  • An Adopt-a-Highway road clean-up on Deerfield Parkway in May.
  • A Mike Rylko Community Park Workday in May with community volunteers. Lake County Stormwater Management Commission has awarded a $500 grant for this event.
  • Members assist in Riverwatch testing of the health of local streams in May.


  • Traffic control at the SWANCC document destruction and electronic recycling event in September.
  • An Adopt-a-Highway clean-up on Deerfield Parkway in October.
  • A community seed collection at Mike Rylko Community Park in October.

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