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1 Waste and Material Management In Lake County Presented to the Lake County Property Investors Association January 12, 2010 Walter Willis, Executive Director

2 Overview of Presentation Overview of SWALCO and its programs Legislation affecting waste management –Construction and demolition (C&D) debris –Food Scraps How can SWALCO assist the Lake County Property Investors Association How can the Association help SWALCO

3 Overview of SWALCO and Its Programs

4 SWALCO MUNICIPAL MEMBERS Approximately 653,000 population > 95% of the County Antioch Beach Park Deer Park Deerfield Fox Lake Grayslake Gurnee Hainesville Hawthorn Woods Highland Park Highwood Island Lake Kildeer Port Barrington Riverwoods Round Lake Round Lake Beach Round Lake Heights Round Lake Park Third Lake Tower Lakes Vernon Hills Wadsworth Wauconda Waukegan Winthrop Harbor Zion Lake Barrington Lake Bluff Lake County Lake Forest Lake Villa Lake Zurich Libertyville Lincolnshire Lindenhurst Long Grove Mundelein North Barrington North Chicago Park City

5 SWALCO’s MISSION Plan for and implement an efficient, reliable and environmentally sound waste/material management system Advise and assist SWALCO members regarding solid waste management issues Educate the public regarding the implications of solid waste management options Provide programs and facilities to reduce the amount and toxicity of the municipal waste stream

6 MAJOR PROGRAM AREAS Recycling/Refuse/Yardwaste Programs Public Information and School Education Residential Electronics and Household Chemical Waste Collection Programs Public Private Partnerships Legislative Initiatives –Construction and Demolition (C&D) Debris –Food Scraps

7 Legislation Affecting Waste Management

8 What Is The Municipal Waste Stream?

9 C&D Debris Recycling Law Overview of Public Act Exempts C&D recycling facilities from the State’s siting process in Lake and Will Counties, instead local zoning will apply Requires permit from the Illinois EPA Enhances development of infrastructure to manage C&D debris from construction/remodeling projects One existing facility in Zion, American Recycling and Roll-off Systems, Inc., has permit application pending. SWALCO has met with two other developers interested in developing C&D recycling facilities in Lake County

10 Food Scrap Composting Law Overview of Public Act Defines “food scrap”, which includes biodegradable packaging, utensils and food containers Exempts composting sites that accept food scrap and other organic materials from Illinois’s local siting law Requires separate permit from the Illinois EPA Enhances development of infrastructure to handle food scrap from grocers, restaurants and ultimately households Midwest Organics Recycling LLC has submitted grant application to develop an anaerobic digester in Lake County to co-digest livestock waste with food scraps

11 How Can SWALCO Assist the Lake County Property Investors Association

12 SWALCO Assistance Includes Waste audits Residential Household Chemical Waste (HCW) Program – inform residential tenants Residential Electronics Recycling Program – inform residential tenants Commercial Franchise C&D recycling and food scrap composting infrastructure

13 Waste Audits Waste audit serves two purposes: –Establish baseline data –Identifies waste reduction options Conduct a waste sort: –Collect a waste sample to be sorted and weighed –Sort waste into categories (paper, plastic, glass etc..) –Weigh each category to determine percent of sample –Calculate weight of waste generated annually –Target categories for waste reduction

14 Waste Audits Additional things that can be done: Discuss collection options with waste hauler –Determine size, frequency and location for recycling –Consider reducing waste container size and /or freq. Ask tenants or staff to help: –Education (recycling captain or a green team) –Monitoring (perform spot waste assessments) –Suggestions (program improvements)

15 Waste Audits Resources and assistance available: SWALCO USEPA Waste Wise –Business Guide for Reducing Solid Waste Illinois Recycling Association –Grant programs

16 Household Chemical Waste (HCW) Collection Program Program Inception – 1998 Total Collections Conducted – 183 Households Served – est. 78,825 Volume of Waste Collected - est.7.1 million lbs. Intent of Program Reduce Volume & Toxicity of MSW Stream, Increase Public Safety Treatment HCW sent to Recycling/Reuse Programs Examples of Waste Collected Household Cleaners – Drain & Oven Cleaners, Polishes etc. Automotive Products – Gas, Oil, Antifreeze etc. Lawn & Garden Chemicals - Herbicides/Pesticides, Fertilizers etc.

17 2009 HCW Events MOBILE COLLECTION EVENTS PUBLIC DROP-OFF EVENTS Fox Lake Vernon Hills Lake Zurich Deerfield 2 events each month, year round Wauconda Round Lake Beach Second Saturday and fourth Monday Lake Forest Mundelein Thirty Two Collection Events Conducted (approx 6,825 households served) (est. 575,000 lbs of HCW collected)

18 SWALCO Residential Electronics Recycling Program SWALCO’s electronics collection program is the largest and longest running in Illinois To date the program has collected over 4 million pounds of electronics from over 40,000 Lake County participants In 2008 alone the program collected over one million pounds of electronics

19 SWALCO 2009 Residential Electronics Program Collection Locations Village of Deerfield Village of Fox Lake Village of Grayslake Village of Gurnee City of Highland Park Village of Lake Bluff City of Lake Forest Village of Libertyville Village of Lindenhurst Village of Long Grove Village of Mundelein City of North Chicago Village of Round Lake Village of Round Lake Beach Village of Vernon Hills Village of Wauconda Village of Winthrop Harbor Cuba Township Grant Township Vernon Township Warren Township Wauconda Township Lake County Farm Bureau Abbot Labs Baxter Healthcare Siemens

20 Commercial Franchise Overview Current System in most communities: Businesses can contract with any hauler Contract and pricing is negotiated individually Prices vary significantly for same levels of service Excessive surcharges, currently 15-20% Access to recycling service is limited

21 Commercial Franchise Overview Status in Northeastern Illinois Over 20 municipalities in Chicagoland area have franchises (Highland Park and Highwood in Lake County) Recent contracts in Highland Park, Evanston, Niles, Hoffman Estates, and Wilmette Lincolnshire has issued an RFP Wauconda has recently completed a survey of its business community

22 Commercial Franchise Overview What’s the Difference? Status Quo Unregulated pricing Pricing not uniform Various surcharges Unknown escalators Disincentive to recycle No reduction in cost for business Service issues between business and hauler Franchise Fixed pricing Pricing uniform No surcharges Fixed escalators Incentives to recycling Reduced costs for majority of businesses Municipal assisted dispute resolution

23 C&D Debris and Food Scrap C&D Debris recycling facilities have proven to be a competitive option to landfilling in DuPage and Cook Counties As C&D recycling infrastructure develops in Lake County, requirements for recycling the material may become more widespread Initial focus of food scrap composting will be commercial sector (grocers, restaurants, banquet halls) then ultimately the residential sector As new management options for C&D debris and food scrap are developed, we need your support and involvement to make them work

24 How Can the Lake County Property Investors Association Assist SWALCO

25 How Can the Association Assist SWALCO Inform your residential tenants about SWALCO’s HCW and electronics recycling programs –Get on blast list to learn about events and then inform tenants –Provide SWALCO’s website address to tenants Keep an open mind on initiatives such as C&D recycling, food scrap collection and composting, and commercial franchising Continue to evaluate and implement waste reduction programs for your commercial tenants (the property owner is often blamed for lack of recycling programs) Let us know about your success stories, we can all learn from real life examples

26 QUESTIONS? Walter Willis (847) ext. 2


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