Lou Marchi Total Recycling Institute

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In 1994, the Lou Marchi Total Recycling Institute (LMTRI) was established through an endowment by a former continuing education instructor and community leader for environmental issues, to promote recycling in the community. The LMTRI has helped establish used paint and athletic shoes recycling programs; co-sponsored electronic and hazardous waste collection events; assisted with green business programming; and hosted Earth Day events and a variety of environmental programs. LMTRI has also published recycling directories including the latest edition McHenry County Official Green Guide, with over 45,000 copies distributed through the Northwest Herald and eighty county locations.

Lou’s vision was for the Institute to provide programming that would promote reducing, reusing and recycling in an effort to reach the goal of zero waste.

The MCC Lou Marchi Total Recycling Institute Advisory Committee

The Lou Marchi Total Recycling Institute Advisory Committee meets regularly to guide the work of the Institute.

  • Dwight Dalton, Waste Reduction Committee, Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
  • Barb Day, Waste Reduction Committee, Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
  • Karen Dombrowski, Educator, McHenry County Schools Environmental Education Program
  • Bethany Gola, Director, McHenry County Schools Environmental Education Program
  • Kristy Hecke, McHenry County Solid Waste Manager, McHenry County Department of Health
  • Alice Howenstine, Waste Reduction Committee, Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
  • Carol Larson, former MCC Trustee
  • Beverly Meuch, Waste Reduction Committee, Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
  • Bob Miller, Highway Commissioner, Algonquin Township Road District
  • Molly Walsh, MCC Trustee