A number of Evanston environmental groups will be holding a joint event next week to brainstorm ideas for turning Evanston more towards a “zero waste” community.

Citizens’ Greener Evanston, Keep Evanston Beautiful, and the City of Evanston are calling it the “January Green Drinks Event.” It will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Firehouse Grill, located at 750 Chicago Ave., beginning at 7 p.m.

Participants will be able to interact with a panel of local experts to learn about the challenges the community faces in its attempt to deal with disposables and waste and to offer possible solutions.

Among the speakers will be Mary S. Allen, recycling and education director for the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, and Julie Cahillane, manager of recycling and refuse at Northwestern University.

Other panelists will include Dick Peach of Keep Evanston Beautiful, Erlene Howard of Collective Resource, and Chris Hart of 10,000 Neighbors of Evanston.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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