These creatures are one of the most beautiful visitors to gardens across much of the central United States. Not only are they beautiful, but they are important pollinators that make it possible for flowers to thrive and food to grow. Many flowers and food products with flowers must have pollinators like bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies stop by to sample their nector and spread their pollen to reproduce. The number of Monarch butterflies has been declining for many years. In part it is because the habitat and plants that monarchs need are being removed from our landscaped yards, from garden spots, and from parks and natural areas. The IL Monarch Project is out to remedy this problem by getting seeds into the hands of all who are willing to plant a monarch garden in any of these areas. Are you one of these people? If you are you need to take the monarch pledge at bit.ly/MonarchPledge or the Sierra Club site. We are lining up organizations to help with this. One organization is the Fondulac Library in East Peoria. They are going to be having a seed exchange this spring, depending on Covid 19 issues. They will also be available at East Peoria Farmers Market, or you can contact Bob Jorgensen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Each seed packet will have advice on how to best plant and grow your monarch essential plants.
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The East Peoria Green Team has purchased NO IDLING signs for all the schools in District 86. This picture shows one of the signs outside of Washington Jr. High School. The signs have been place in areas where parents are waiting in their cars to pick their children up from school. We hope that parents and students get the idea to pollute the air less by not idling, if possible, while they are close to the school drop off and pick up sites.
East Peoria Green hosted a recycling event on Sat. Oct. 3rd. We did this because the city of East Peoria stopped doing curbside recycling. It was a successful event. We filled this doghouse roll off to about 8 inches from the windows you see. We would like to thank East Peoria Dist. 86 for letting us use their parking lot. Thanks to AREA Recycling for bringing the roll offs and picking them up at no charge. The workers you see in the picture are all from EPCHS. They are members of the HOPE Club, which is an environmental group. Finally thanks to all those who brought us their recyclable material.
The city council is currently examining some ‘Requests for Proposals’ to restart our recycling program. We hope they will find a proposal the city can select.
Curbside recycling has been put on hold for now in East Peoria. East Peoria Green hopes that in the not too distant future we will have this Earth friendly action back in service. Notable information on recycling is shown in the next few photos. Please look them over and be aware of what recycling companies are currently looking for, or discarding in the dump. The closer you follow these tips the more of a demand there will be for recyclables from East Peoria. Remember, ‘If in doubt. Throw it out.’ Hope to see our blue topped curbside recycling toters on the street soon.
Don’t forget that you can still recycle by taking your materials out to Peoria Disposal Company, PDC, on the edge of Pekin. 14379 IL-29 Pekin, IL 61554 353-3333