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Posted on: June 12, 2023

'Where is Away?' display at the Park Forest Library educates residents about recycling

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The Park Forest Library is home to the "Where is Away?" display encouraging people to "rethink where to throw away your waste and where is away." The new display came to the library earlier this month and will remain until the end of June.

Sustainability Coordinator Carrie Malfeo explained that the display is a fun way to educate the public about how to get rid of waste properly and reduce contamination.

"This display helps residents know how to recycle properly common household items," Malfeo said. "You can flip up the various 8x10 cards, and underneath, there's a description explaining how to recycle that item." 

The "Where is Away?" display stands over 6 feet tall with over two dozen cards with pictures showing plastic, holiday lights, and light bulbs - explaining where each item will end up. Malfeo said the goal is to make people think about the things around their houses and how to recycle them or replace them this reusable items.

This is Park Forest Library first-time hosting the display, which hails from west suburban Addison, Illinois, a Village an hour away in DuPage County. Malfeo said having the "Where is Away?" display at the library was essential.

"Libraries are usually the central hub of communities," Malfeo said. "Also, by having the display here, it will reach all age brackets, and that's why the company that created this display, Scarce, believes libraries are the best place to host it."

Malfeo said this is just one of many events her department is rolling out this summer, including the Village's Annual RecycleFest, which will take place on July 29. 

For more information about the "Where is Away?" display, click here

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