Green Fair Sept. 17 at Freeport’s Highland Community College

Staff Report

Paint recycling and document shredding/recycling will be offered at the Northwest Illinois Green Fair Sept. 17. Both opportunities will be available that day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside of the Green Fair.

Earth Paints Collection Systems will be on hand to collect and recycle latex paints. A per-container fee will be charged as follows: quart, $1.50 each; 1-gallon, $2.50 each; 2-gallon, $3.50 each; and 5-gallon, $8 each.

Document recycling/shredding will be offered for free up to 100 pounds.

After taking advantage of the recycling opportunities, visit the Northwest Illinois Green Fair, which will be in the Student Conference Center at Highland Community College in Freeport, Ill. The Green Fair will run 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and will feature an exhibitor fair with area businesses and organizations with a focus on sustainability, conservation, preservation, local foods, living well and the environment. The Green Fair will also offer educational workshops and activities for the kids.

Educational workshops that will be offered at the Green Fair and are as follows:

10 a.m. — “Solar Wind Energy for Homeowners,” presented by Dave Merrill, with Sun Air Systems;

11 a.m. — “Hybrid Vehicle Technology,” presented by Jim Palmer, automotive technology instructor at Highland Community College;

12:30 p.m. — Keynote: “What’s on the Horizon for Renewables?”, presented by Jay Solomon, University of Illinois Extension educator in Environmental and Energy Stewardship; and

2 p.m. — “Opportunities for Local Food Systems that are Environmentally Sustainable,” presented by Maurice Ogutu, University of Illinois Extension educator, local food systems and small farms.

Green Fair is open to the public at no charge.

For more details, visit or, or call the University of Illinois Extension at (815) 235-4125.

From the Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011, issue

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