September 27th, Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Posted on: August 6th, 2018 by rjohnson
Prairie Rivers Network is excited to bring one of the largest environmental film festivals to Illinois. Now in its second year, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival focuses on 11 films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. Join us and get energized to work to protect clean water, wildlife habitat, and our rich natural landscapes!

The Dates

September 19,
Normal Theater
Normal, IL (Tickets forthcoming)
September 27,
Peoria Riverfront Museum

The Films

  • A Letter to Congress
  • A Ghost in the Making 2017
  • During the Drought
  • Lost in Light
  • Irreparable Harm
  • Great Lakes, Bad Lines 2017
  • Wildlife and The Wall
  • Biomimicry
  • Wild Olympics
Click here for synopses of the films.
Thank you also to our festival sponsors including the Heart of Illinois Group of the Sierra Club, WCBU Peoria Public Radio, the Normal Theater, Running Central, OhmFit, Firehouse Pizza & Pub, Children’s Discovery Museum, Blue Boutique, Medici, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Sugar Mama, and the Peoria Art Guild!

Put it in its place

Posted on: July 31st, 2018 by rjohnson

East Peoria Green members, with the help of EPCHS Hope Club and ICC SAFE Club take a break from working to clean up the riverfront the day after the 4th of July. Our groups sorted garbage from recyclable items on the morning of the 5th. From left to right there was Elena, Lexi, Dan, Robert Lori, Bob, and Tom.

It took a little over 3 hours to get everything sorted out. East Peoria Public Works waited for us to finish before sending the garbage and recycling trucks to pick up the toters. Thank you to all the celebraters that tried to put recyclables and garbage into the correct containers. Next year we will try to have a recycling toter next to each garbage toter.

Midwestern Renewable Energy Association Conference

Posted on: July 24th, 2018 by rjohnson

The 29th annual conference of the Midwestern Renewable Energy Association met in Custer, WI in June for 3 days. 20,000 people from across the United States attended choosing from more than 200 exhibits and 250 workshops. There was a huge variety of topics involving the environment including clean water and clean air. Workshops were held in tents under a beautiful Wisconsin sky.

Recycling in East Peoria

Posted on: June 21st, 2018 by rjohnson

There are some things that you would think would be recyclable in East Peoria, but they are not. Here are some of the non-recyclables and why they cannot be accepted.

  • For the most part if an item is a mix of materials it is hard to recycle.
  • If an item has food liquids, like grease soaked into it or even left in the container, don’t recycle it. If the recycling company finds very many things in a load of recyclable materials that are not supposed to be there, the whole load will go to the dump.
  • Single use non-plastic cups that are made of paper, like coffee cups from Starbucks, can not be recycled. They have a thin layer of polyethylene on the inside of the cup. This makes the cup hold a liquid and not leak. Because of the polyethylene film, they can’t be recycled because it is very hard to separate the polyethylene from the paper.
  • Juice boxes and waxy Half Gallon Milk boxes are also okay to recycle.
  • Next are food containers either from the grocery store or from a takeout restaurant. Even if they are the right type of plastic or cardboard they can’t be recycled if they are contaminated by left over food or grease. So items in this list would be most cardboard pizza boxes. Remember that pizza boxes come with a top and a bottom. If the top or the bottom is clean you can cut it off and recycle it. Plastic food holders may need to be rinsed out to be recycled. You don’t need to scrub things out, just rinse them with a small amount of water and they should be good to go.
  • Here is the information on plastic grocery bags. You never want to put them into your recycling bin or toter. If they go to the recycling center the bags will get stuck in the gears and machinery of the recycling machines. The machines will have to be stopped and cleaned of plastic bags. Take your old plastic bags to a grocery store and put them in the recycling containers at the store. Or better yet bring your own reusable cloth shopping bags to the store. Then you won’t need to take any plastic bags in the first place.
  • Last of all is glass. The only type of glass that you should recycle are glass jars and bottles. Any color is acceptable and they do not need to be separated. But remember No window glass, mirror glass, bake ware, or knick knack glass.



  • Aluminum, Tin or Steel Cans
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Old Mail and Shredded Paper
  • Clean Cardboard cut up into 2 or 3ft. pieces that fit in the toter
  • Clean Rinsed Plastics 1 – 5 & 7
  • Glass Jars and Bottles any color

NO – Window or Mirror Glass, Bake ware, Knick Knacks, Oil Containers, Items contaminated with food or Drinking Straws.