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Go Green Barrington

Working together for the Environment!

About Go Green Barrington

Our Mission


The mission of Go Green Barrington is to raise environmental awareness in Barrington area and to inspire people to take individual actions to make a difference.  

Go Green Barrington works with community groups as well as individual residents, businesses, and government bodies to educate and advocate on behalf of the Earth and its people.    Each step by each person in our community is a step closer to making the Barrington area a cleaner, healthier place to live.  Each step creates a better future.   

Get Involved


Are you passionate about reducing plastic waste and taking other steps to help the environment? Would you like to hear speakers on particular topics?  Let us know! 

We are always looking for new members  and new ideas to help us make our vision a reality.  

We also encourage attendance at events and volunteer opportunities hosted by our Green Partners.     

Contact us to add 

your event to our list.   

Click here to see Events in the Area!

Green Partners


Barrington joins in the fight for the environment!  Go Green Barrington is an active member of 

Go Green Illinois.

Look at this list of just some of the many groups all acting as stewards of the environment:

Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club

Barrington Area Conservation Trust

Citizens for Conservation

Illinois Ocean Coalition

Mindful Waste

Smart Farm of Barrington

Links to these Green Partners

Our Initiatives

Shedd The Straw


Help Reduce Plastic Straw Waste.   

Go Green Barrington is partnering with Shedd Aquarium in asking our local restaurant owners to Shedd the Straw!   Instead of automatically providing straws, we ask restaurants to provide straws only to those patrons who ask for them.  

What can you do?   Tell your server about the campaign to reduce plastic straw waste.  Use an environmentally friendly option or skip the straw altogether!   Many small steps can add up to a big impact.    

Visit These Barrington Restaurants Are Working to Shedd the Straw

Improve Recycling

recycling symbol

How do you recycle old artificial holiday trees?  Where can I take styrofoam? Where can I take a mattress that is beyond use by a charity?   


 Go Green Barrington works to educate residents about recycling and to advocate for more recycling resources in our Village.    

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Reduce Plastic Waste

plastic cups in trash can

ONE HUNDRED Olympic Swimming pools-- that is what it would take to hold the 11 million pounds of plastic pollution in Lake Michigan.  Single-use plastic, designed to be used once and then thrown away, is a major contributor.   

Go Green Barrington works to inspire each person to reduce his or her use of single-use plastics.   We also advocate for laws to reduce single-use plastic in the state of Illinois.    

Raise your voice against plastic pollution!

Click here to learn how you can support legislation to reduce plastic waste



Join us for "Green Drinks" when people who believe in the environment meet, learn, and discuss ways to help.  Everyone is welcome!   These events are simple and unstructured.  

Every 4th Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. upstairs at McGonigal's Pub (105 S. Cook Street, Barrington). 


June 26, 7 p.m. Topic: Illinois Bobcats!

Speaker Jennifer Kuroda of the Illinois Bobcat Foundation.  

July 24, 7 p.m. Topic:  Murco Recycling Enterprises.  Remodeling with salvaged Materials!

See More Events In Our Area

Go Solar!



A residence uses 10,399 kilowatt hrs.  

Every kilowatt hour of electricity produced from fossil fuels generates 1.84 lbs of carbon dioxide.   

Learn more about solar:


Test a Solar Calculator on your house: https://www.comed.com/SmartEnergy/InnovationTechnology/Pages/GoingSolar.aspx

Learn more about solar

Advocate For Reduction of Single-Use Plastics

Follow These Steps From Shedd Aquarium:

Communities across Illinois and the Great Lakes region are already taking action to curb plastic pollution, but we need to make sure the scale and pace of action matches the enormity of the problem.

Raise your voice today!

Please call your state legislators today and let them know there is a groundswell of support to reduce single-use plastic in the state of Illinois. You can find your representative and their phone number at Illinois Policy by clicking on the image of the Illinois Capitol.   Then share this message directly:

            I am a constituent of Representative/Senator ______and I live in _______. I am calling on Representative/Senator _______ today to support legislation this session that will reduce single-use plastic in Illinois.

            The Great Lakes provides drinking water for more than 40 million people and supports 3,500+ species of plants and animals. Our local waters are an essential part of our local environment and economy. They are too precious to foul with plastic pollution.

            I hope I can count on the representative's/senator's support.

            Thank you for your time.

Your voice can make a difference.   Join in fighting plastic pollution!


More Steps We Can Take

Harms of Salt!


Chloride hurts plants and animals and never leaves the system! Thanks to McHenry County Division of Water Resources for these tips about the impacts and proper use of salt. 

Learn more about Residential Deicing



One of the biggest items in landfills is organic waste.   Go Green Barrington supports reduction of food waste and composting.   Mindful Waste is an organization leading the way in the Northwest Suburbs on food waste reduction.   Please click this link to learn more.    

Mindful waste

Stop Idling!


12 Million Gallons of Fuel is Wasted by Idling in the U.S.  Every Day!

10 Seconds of Idling wastes more fuel than restarting.  

Find out more

Natural Lawn Care


Research before you apply chemicals to your lawn.   Some cause dangerous run off to the water supply and harm wildlife.   Another good practice is to  "Raise the Blade" and keep your grass longer.

Do Not Flush Old Drugs


Flushing unused medication will allow it to enter the water supply.   Drop it off at Walgreens in Lake Zurich (910 Rand Road) or CVS in Crystal Lake.   

Ban Coal Tar Sealants


Coal tar sealants may cause cancer and harm wildlife.   Asphalt based sealants are a good substitute.   Research the companies you hire and the products you use.

Questions about Recycling Special Items?

Old Clothes & Worn Shoes


Drop off old clothes, worn out pieces of fabric, and even worn out shoes:

Prairieland Disposal,  

21988 N. Pepper Road, 

Lake Barrington, IL 



Take it to these locations instead:

  • Abt Electronics, 1200 N. Milwaukee Ave. (White styrofoam, no peanuts)
  • Algonquin Public Works, 110 Meyer Drive (both colored and white styrofoam)
  • Algonquin Township Highway Dept., 3702 Route 14, Crystal Lake.  
  • Or Drop off on Go Green porches. Contact us for more information

Old Mattress


Americans send 20 million mattresses to landfills each year.  

If a charity will not take it, call Verlo Mattress 815-578-8375 to make sure it is recycled.

Craft Supplies


Did you start a craft project but never finish?  Please donate your  unwanted art supplies and tools to 

Brushwood Center Art Supply Exchange at 

Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods,

21850 N. Riverwoods Rd. 

 Riverwoods, IL 60015 

Read the List of Accepted Items



Take corks to 

Barrington Public Works, 

300 N. Raymond Ave. from Nov. 19, 2018 to March 31, 2019

Many Other Special Recycling Spots


Many more things can be recycled at special locations but should not be put in the curbside bin.  

Sustainable Fashion Ideas

After our showing of the film RIVERBLUE (see www.riverbluethemovie.eco), many asked us for ideas on sustainable fashion.   

Start with buying fewer items and investigate how & where things are made.  Visit these sites and click the buttons below for handouts.




Events In And Around Barrington

We strive to include all the events in the area related to the environment.  Please contact us to add your event to the list.   

No upcoming events.

Restaurants Adopting "Shedd the Straw"


Visit These Restaurants and Say Thank You!

Egg Harbor

Francesca's Famiglia

Southern Belle's

The Onion Pub

Ciao Baby

Farmhouse on North

Cook Street Coffee

Know Of Another? Send us a message so we can include it here.

Learn More About The Program:

More Information on Solar

ISEA Public Education Presentation PG 1-19 (pdf)


Green Partners


Citizens for Conservation

Dedicated to preserving the environment, Citizens for Conservation provides information on native plants and ways to volunteer to help our community.   

Citizens for Conservation

Barrington Area Conservation Trust

Dedicated to preserving the community's rare and exceptional open spaces and educating the next generation of land stewards.  Learn more about what you can do on your own land to help the environment.

Barrington Area Conservation Trust

Go Green Illinois

Go Green Illinois works to encourage and support the establishment of citizen's environmental groups in every community in the northern suburbs, to share best practices among the groups and to collaborate on addressing environmental challenges that cross municipal boundaries.  Learn about how to manage stormwater, how to use solar panels, and much more.

Go Green Illinois

Mindful Waste

Mindful Waste works to eliminate food waste through prevention, education, and recovery.

Mindful Waste

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