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The Planning and Development department is responsible for carrying out the provisions of Madison County’s Solid Waste Management Plan.
The plan addresses the management of solid waste disposal, future facilities and additional solid waste options for the County. The County Solid Waste plan is updated every five years.
This program includes the inspection of landfills, the inspection of random dumping in the county and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency coordination with landfill permit applications and compliance. The Department is a delegated partner with IEPA. Even though grant funding is temporarily cut – the department continues the partnership.
Madison County has been a delegated partner with the IEPA since 1986 and has completed over 4,500 inspections.
These inspections, by 3 IEPA Certified Staff Inspectors, include open landfills, closed landfills, waste transfer stations, landscape waste transfer stations, construction demolition debris transfer stations, and industrial landfills.
The facilities are inspected regularly by our office to ensure compliance with their operational permit and the Illinois Environmental Protection Act. In addition to landfills, Madison County has several waste and compost transfer stations located through the county.
Madison County Planning and Development provides annual inspections of all IEPA permitted facilities, as well as responding to citizen complaints of open dumping, open burning and water pollution issues
This is done in conjunction with a delegation agreement between Madison County and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
Open dumping is a consolidation of waste from one or more sites or waste generators . Examples include tires, shingles, c & d, or white goods.
In 1996, the Madison County Board signed into effect the Madison County Residential Recycling Ordinance (RRO). This important resolution states that all Madison County residents in single or two-dwelling housing units must separate all recycling from regular waste. The recycling is collected via a free bin provided by Madison County.
Recycling diverts sustainable materials out of our landfills. By promoting recycling and separating, we provide raw material to manufacturers that is cheaper to produce via virgin material, thus keeping product & retail cost down.
Recycling also promotes jobs in our county, provides commerce, and helps to regulate tipping fees at a lower rate.
In promoting this goal, the department carries out the recycling objectives of the Madison County Solid Waste Plan. In 2008, Madison County’s recycling rate was 35% while the state’s rate was about 33%.
Major functions of our recycling program include grants & funding opportunities, residential curbside recycling, the use of 8 recycle drop off stations and a school recycling education program.
Currently, there is a hotline and website devoted to the Madison County Recycling Program for residents, educators, and children to utilize.
The Madison County Green Schools Program allows schools to expand their recycling programs to incorporate the principles of sustainability.
Currently, 98% of all public school students and 94 % of all parochial school students participate in the recycling program.
Some of the current commodities recycled at schools include paper, eyeglasses, keys, cell phones for soldiers, soda bottles, AL cans, 6-pack rings, plastic soda bottles, batteries, drink pouches, crayons, tab tops & printer cartridges.
Students gain knowledge and understanding through graphing, counting and working together as teams.
Students perform waste audits on their own classroom waste baskets to find ways to encourage better recycling practices
Green School Programs Students participate in TRASHformations – a recycled sculpture contest
Green School Programs Teachers gain first hand experience through educational hands-on workshops.
Green School Programs Just announced two new programs during ARD this week - Newborns in Need (remakes T-shirts into baby items) and Shoes for Kenya (recycles shoes at 35 cents/pound, $$ used to purchase water drilling systems for villages in Kenya.)