VIDEO STORY: Ever Felt Like You Need a 'How To Recycle' Class? Now You Can Learn ... in The Comfort of Home

VIDEO STORY: Ever Felt Like You Need a ‘How To Recycle’ Class? Now You Can Learn … in The Comfort of Home

In the “good old days,” pre-COVID-19, Jennifer Jarland’s in-person recycling presentations were a big hit.

  • Editor’s Note: This article was written by Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland. Got a question or idea for a recycling tip? Contact Jennifer at 630-208-3841 or

Have you ever felt like you needed to take a class on how to recycle right?

Or perhaps you read some of the recycling articles in the Kane County Connects but wanted to know more.

Back in the pre-COVID days, I used to offer live presentations for students in school classrooms and for environmentally conscious adults in big, community venues.

In the future, we’ll be able to meet in big groups once again, and I will bring my recycling show back on the road. But in the meantime, there’s a way to get your recycling game face on — and do so from the comfort of your own home.

Today, Kane County Recycles proudly presents our new Videos and Articles page, where you can access article archives and some fresh new video presentations online!

Here’s a quick, guided tour:

Read Up!

At the bottom of the Kane County Recycles Videos and Articles page under “Articles,” you can download a spreadsheet of recycling stories that have been published over the years.

To find a recycling article, just put your cursor where it says “Search this site … ” 

Read them in your own time or to refer back to that article you “know you saw somewhere but can’t remember the exact details.”  (I hear that a lot.)

Another E-Z way to find the recycling article you’re looking for is to go to and do an article search by keyword.

Here’s a list, for example, of all the articles you can find by typing “recycling” in the keyword search field in the upper left portion of the page.

To find a recycling article, just put your cursor where it says “Search this site … ” Then type your keyword(s), hit return and click on the article of your choice.

Sit Back, Relax, Listen, And Learn!

The “1/13/21 Recycling Presentation is a casual presentation that was given to a local green group on zoom and recorded.

It is 35 minutes long and targeted to a general audience.

This video is packed with information on what you can and cannot recycle in your bins, the importance of composting, reuse and recycle opportunities for things that cannot go in your bin but can be taken somewhere in the community, 2021 Recycling and Shred Event dates, and more.

Presentation for Schools

Schools can make a big impact in educating students on the importance of recycling.

Are you a teacher at a local school? Or an environmentally-minded parent? Or a concerned student? Read on!

I recently recorded a 19-minute video presentation targeted at students, with an aim to foster an interest in reducing waste and recycling right in schools.

It is now available online for use by any teacher, parent, church or community group or club.

Additionally, there is a sheet of resources (and links) to tool kits, posters, and information on how to create zero-waste lunchrooms.

As an added service, I am available for follow up questions via email after the video is shared.

Here’s How Our Virtual School Visit Works!

  1. Go to the new Videos and Articles page on the Kane County Recycles website.
  2. Watch the video called “School Waste Reduction, Recycling Right, & Waste Free Lunchrooms” in a classroom or group setting.
  3. Also utilize the Resource list called School Recycling and Zero Waste Resources.
  4. Moderate a discussion and brainstorm actions that can be taken by the group to improve recycling and minimize waste. Share the resources from the list above that are applicable to your group.
  5. Create a list of questions, if there are any, regarding the contents of the presentation.
  6. Email the consolidated list of questions to
  7. I, Jennifer Jarland, will personally get back to you within two working days with answers!

Thank you for helping to spread the word and for your commitment to recycling right and minimizing your waste!