The Lisle Park District has made great strides in becoming an eco-friendly leader within the greater Lisle Community. The Lisle Park District held its first Environmental Committee meeting in 2008 to begin setting long and short-term goals for environmental protection and advocacy.
Going Green with the Lisle Park District
Recycling Options & Environmental Accomplishments
Did you know that 70% of the world wears secondhand clothes?1 The Lisle Park District has partnered with USAgainto host a dropbox for recycling textiles in the Community Center parking lot located at 1825 Short Street in Lisle. Help reduce the 85% of textiles being trashed each year. 2
USAgain is a for-profit company that collects unwanted textiles and resells them in the United States and abroad, effectively diverting millions of items of clothing from landfills, generating new revenue streams for U.S. business and non-profits, and fueling local economies in emerging countries.
Drop Box Location:
Lisle Park District Community Center Parking Lot - 1825 Short Street, Lisle
The following items are acceptable for collection: clothes; children's clothing; accessories, such as hats, handbags, gloves, belts, scarves and backpacks; linens, such as bedding, blankets, towels and drapes.
Over 1,500 shoes have been collected!
Lisle Park District is conducting an athletic shoe drive! Please donate any used athletic shoes to the Community Center collection box. All shoes donated will be recycled into athletic running tracks and playground surfaces.
As of September 2016, we have donated over 1,500 shoes for recycling! For more information, please contact Erica Wise at 630-964-3410, ext.4307.
Collection Bin Location:
Lisle Park District Community Center - 1825 Short Street, Lisle
Lisle Park District in partnership with Lisle residents are conducting a crayon drive. Did you know that your old crayons can be melted down and made into super crayons for use by children with special needs?! Please bring in any crayons to the Recreation Center, and drop them into the Crayon Recycling bins. Crayons will be melted down and turned into new crayons! For more information, please contact Mike Toohey at 630-964-3410, ext.4305.
Collection Bin Location:
Lisle Recreation Center - 1925 Ohio Street, Lisle
The Paper Retriever program benefits society and organizations in the following ways:
Benefits the Environment and Community – Through the recycling of newspapers, magazines, catalogs and mail, each participating organization reduces landfill use, saves water and energy. All Paper Retriever trucks are equipped with on-board scales allowing the weight of the paper to be individually recorded at time of pick-up. The tonnage collected is provided in a scorecard that organizations can use to track the environmental impact of their recycling program.
Promotes Environmental Stewardship and Education – Paper Retriever provides free on-line materials to support each organization's recycling program. We also work with the program coordinators to foster environmental stewardship through recycling and environmental activities.
Absolutely Free – Participation, bin placement, maintenance and collection services are provided in return for your recycling efforts.
How Have We Done So Far?
From January 1, 2008 - June 18, 2014 the Lisle Park District community has recycled 134.98 tons of paper, which has saved over 2,093 trees!
This program has been so popular, we have added another bin at the Community Center, 1825 Short Street, Lisle, IL 60532 for your paper!
How Does This Affect You?
We need your help! We have partnered with Abitibi Paper Retriever and set up community collection bins. By collecting paper, the Lisle Park District will be able to raise the money needed to purchase recycling bins and develop a district-wide recycling and environmental awareness initiative.
- Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save heating and cooling costs.
- Install Compact Fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).
- Turn off lights and televisions when not in use.
- Unplug appliances when not in use.
- Use a drying rack or clothesline to dry your clothes.
- Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Take shorter showers.
- Landscape with native plants.
- Use a rain barrel to conserve water.
Skip the Bottled Water
- Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water.
- Use a reusable water bottle when working out, or at work.
Think Before You Buy & Shop Smart
- Use a reusable or cloth shopping bag for all your shopping needs. Keep them in the car so they are always handy.
- You can recycle all your old plastic shopping bags at most grocery stores.
- Buy in bulk when possible to save trips to the store.
- Choose ECO-friendly options when available (i.e. – cleaning products, personal care).
Reduce Your Landfill Utilization
- Keep your cell phones, computers and other electronics as long as possible. Recycle them responsibly when the time comes.
- Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes.
- Start composting.
- Recycle according to guidelines set by your municipality.
- Recycle all your paper in the paper retriever bin located at the Community Center.
For more information and other things you can do for the environment, visit:
The Lisle Park District received the esteemed “Earth Flag” and a resolution of commendation from the DuPage County Board on Thursday, April 29, 2012 at the meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners. Kay McKeen, Founder and Executive Director of School & Community Assistance for Recycling & Composting Education (SCARCE) presented the Earth Flag, symbolic of reducing environmental impact, green responsibility and leadership to the Lisle Park District. Together with SCARCE, a resolution was presented by DuPage County Board Member Michael Ledonne which commended the Park District for approving an environmental policy, completing training to enhance green efforts, expanding the recycling program, planting native vegetation and using organic fertilizers, to name a few of the eco-friendly actions cited.
Becoming a green leader in Lisle and the greater Lisle community has been an initiative of the Lisle Park District and became a significant focus for Michael Toohey, Superintendent of Recreation, when he was hired in 2008. At that time, Toohey proposed the Park District begin working with SCARCE towards the Earth Flag certification. Inspired by his enthusiasm, a green committee was formed and the crayon and shoe recycling programs along with a number of other green initiatives were a result. Toohey also initiated the Abitibi Paper Retriever recycling program and has recycled over 83.747 tons of paper saving over 1,424 trees. When the Lisle Park District Board of Park Commissioners passed the Environmental Policy to “establish standards to promote sound environmental practices” the District was well on the way towards achieving Earth Flag certification.
During the summer of 2011, the Park District took strides in renovating the existing building at 1925 Ohio Street which is now the new Recreation Center. The construction utilized environmentally-friendly resources and repurposed existing building materials. After the Recreation Center opened, SCARCE performed an “environmental audit" of the facility and existing positive sustainability initiatives (CFL lights bulbs, automatic lights, rain barrels, on-site recycling) and areas for improvement (change font to Century Gothic which reportedly uses 30% less ink than Arial, switch to all green cleaning products). Following the audit, the Park District completed the SCARCE Sustainability Assessment outlining environmental efforts made since 2008, resulting in Thursday’s Earth Flag certification.
Lisle Park District Environmental Accomplishments include:
- Updating IPRA Environmental Report Card to highlight all the environmental initiatives we have accomplished over the past year
- Updated Lisle Park District Environmental Policy
- Started Paper Retriever program with bins at both Community Center
- Began Bottle and Can recycling program at Community Park and Sea Lion Aquatic Park
- Parks Department continues to recycle scrap metal
- Parks Department replaced pick-up truck with new Ford Hybrid vehicle
- Sea Lion Aquatic Park concessions eliminated using styrofoam cups
- Community Park Fitness eliminated paper cups and replaced them with reusable bottles for all members
- Recently began buying recycled office supplies
- Added Tag Line "Please don't waste paper! - consider the environment before printing this or any other emails" to staff e-mails
- Print the seasonal brochure with soy based ink, which started with the Winter/Spring 2013 brochure
- Recreation Center uses CFL light bulbs that last longer and lower energy costs
- Crayon recycling program at Recreation Center
- React Computers continue to recycle old staff computers
- Working with the Village of Lisle on Safer Pest Control Project which we will use Museum at Lisle Station Park as a test site to use organic fertilizer
- Camp Summer Quest provides BPA free recycled water bottles to each of its campers to cut down on the number of plastic water bottles used