Ways for Oak Park residents to recycle those campaign signs

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I agree with the writer who abhors campaign lawn signs. First, voters in Oak Park make an intelligent decision for whom to vote. It's unlike Chicago, where if you don't put the signs of the alderman's pals on your lawn, you may get poor city services. A lawn sign, or 10, persuades very few Oak Parkers, if any.

Plus, it's an environmental disaster. The energy used to produce the plastic and the metal spines that stick in the ground is significant. The material is used for one or two weeks and then goes into a landfill. What a waste!

Lawn signs began to proliferate in Oak Park when the late Steve Meyer [former Republican committeeman] brought his Berwyn sensibilities to Oak Park. Don Harmon and his pals took up the challenge and polluted our lawns. Now, even candidates for local elections feel the urge.

Until people come to their political and environmental senses, here's what to do with those materials. Donate the plastic signs to Hephzibah, Infant Welfare, a daycare, or the Montessori schools. The kids can use it for art and architecture projects. If District 97 would take them, fine — bring the plastic over to your local school. The bureaucrats, however, would probably require endless paperwork, curriculum re-evaluation, and committee meetings and the district would probably end up throwing them in the garbage anyway.

As far as the metal spines, they make great stakes for your vegetables. The string beans love to climb them, and they make good support for tomato plants, among other uses. If you're laying some concrete on your patio or driveway, use the metal to turn your concrete into much stronger reinforced concrete by simply laying the spines flat before pouring.

Les Golden
Oak Park

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Les from Oak Park  

Posted: April 4th, 2012 11:56 AM

I appreciate the kind words. You can also use the material to build insulating boxes instead of using styrofoam boxes. This is a great and fun creative summer project for the kids in preparation for a picnic. This will teach them the value of reusing material and conserving.

Elleva McAfee from OP  

Posted: April 4th, 2012 11:46 AM

Someday someone will give a citizenship award to Leslie Golden for his regional environmental leadership and good sense. Until then, the government types will continue to go after him because they fear him because he speaks the truth.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 3rd, 2012 11:27 PM

Les, great advise and I agree with your thought on lawn signs 100%.

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