Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest is adding its name to a growing list of companies becoming environmentally conscious. The bank has instituted the Green Banking Initiative, which, according to Senior Vice President Ruth McLaren, will lead to several changes within the bank.

“We will offer products in an electronic environment, attempt to become more aware in our own facilities, finding better ways to address lighting concerns and avoid extra paper that’s not necessary. Anything that we can do to enhance the environmental effort, we will do.”

As part of the Green Bank Initiative, the bank will host a complimentary electronic waste recycling event. On July 19, Community Bank is inviting everyone in the community-no matter if they bank there-to bring old computers, TV sets, radios or anything that runs on batteries or electricity, to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. Large items, such as air conditioners or microwaves, cannot be accepted.

The bank is excited about offering residents of Oak Park and River Forest this opportunity. “Not a lot of people do this,” McLaren said.

Intercon Solutions of Chicago Heights, the company hired to handle the electronic waste, charges 25 cents a pound for recycling. McLaren expects that it should not take any more than several minutes for anyone to bring electronic waste to the bank to be disposed of.

To recycle at Community Bank, bring items to 1001 Lake St., Oak Park, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 19.

-Helen Karakoudas

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