Ken Santowski Re-Cycling Efforts Featured on Tribune’s Front Page

Elgin businessman and Lakewood Village Trustee Ken Santowski’s efforts to re-cycle Styrofoam are featured on the front page of the Chicago Tribune.

Ken Santowski's passion is re-cycling.

Ken Santowski’s passion is re-cycling.

Re-cycling is Santowski’s passion.

He has taken on a task like few others.

He has set up Styrofoam re-cycling locations.

Ken Santowski in the McHenry parade last year.

Ken Santowski in the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County entry in the McHenry Fiesta Days Parade last year.

The problem is that he can’t find a place to re-cycle it.

The result has been Santowski’s having to discontinue the collection of Styrofoam.


Ken Santowski Re-Cycling Efforts Featured on Tribune’s Front Page — 7 Comments

  1. Ken can also be commended for setting up electronics recycling in our Village.

    The cost to the residents was negligible, with a good deal of the costs coming from Ken’s pocket.

  2. I wonder if Lakewood voters know they elected a RINO environmentalist clown?

  3. Some portions of the Lakewood Village Board Packets are searchable (can use find function in Adobe) and some portions are not. > Government > Agenda and Minutes > 2016-08-23 Board Packet


    Let’s see how difficult it is to make the Board packet searchable.

    Open the document in the Adobe tool that allows the following steps (there are several Adobe versions, some allow the following functionality, some do not).

    Adobe Acrobat Pro DC is one such version (check with Adobe before purchasing, as any software vendor can change functionality at any time).

    It takes about 1 second to click on the file and open it in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.

    Next, perform the following steps.

    Tools > Enhance Scans > Recognize Text > In This File > Recognize Text

    That took less than a minute.

    Now the full document is searchable and the full document allows copy / paste.

  4. **I wonder if Lakewood voters know they elected a RINO environmentalist clown?**

    Only RINOs recycle?


  5. Mark, I am working along with our new, interim Village Manager on getting the packets more and more searchable.

    It will be a bit of a work in progress.

    They are working to overcome some operational challenges, but, as you can see, they have made some real progress toward transparency in the board packets.

    I am optimistic.

  6. I find it interesting that Mr. Serwatka and his allies take a positive article about a colleague and turn it into a forum on their pet project of Village Board packets.

    Isn’t this the same kind of behavior that has been criticized in the past by Serwatka?

    Maybe the old adage should apply that if you have nothing nice to say about an effort of someone you do not agree with, especially on a project that benefits the environment, you should say NOTHING.

    Thanks Ken.

    While I do not agree with you all of the time, I appreciate your efforts on the Board and with your community projects.

  7. Fully searchable board packets that allow find, and copy and paste.

    Lakewood is getting there.

    They should have been there long ago.

    Many taxing districts are further behind.


    If all the games were not played with transparency, salary hikes, pension benefit hikes, retiree healthcare benefit hikes, bond referendums, etc. around the state we would have more money for the environment and we could have taxpayer funded styrofoam recycling.

    So we should say something so we have the money for recycling.

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