Cook County Solid Waste Action Plan--Passed 4/3/12


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On Tuesday, April 3rd, Cook County Board approved President Preckwinkle’s Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) for suburban Cook County, the first plan generated in 12 years. The SWMP outlines the county’s current level of waste generation, disposal and recycling, and makes recommendations for improvement.

President Preckwinkle’s 2012 Plan reimagines traditional solid waste planning. Instead of focusing on landfilling and waste-to-energy conversion, the SWMP first recommends source reduction (preventing waste in the first place), then reuse, then recycling, followed by energy recovery. Landfilling is a last resort.

“We have a responsibility to the residents of Cook County, and future generations, to employ creative and aggressive measures to reduce solid waste in our communities,” President Preckwinkle said. “Our Solid Waste Management Plan is taking the first step in meeting this environmental challenge, and we are working toward a visionary goal of 100% waste diversion from landfills.”

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Cook County Solid Waste Action Plan--Passed 4/3/12

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  2. Plan RequirementsIllinois Solid Waste Planning and Recycling Act: Requires Cook County to have a Solid Waste Management Plan and submit updates to the IEPA every 5 years. 1996 2011 Original Plan Adopted Current Draft Update by Cook County and prepared by Delta Approved by IEPA Institute 2000 Update completed and approved by IEPA2011 Update Includes: • Summary of current waste management conditions • Contemporary waste management options • The status of existing recommendations • New recommendations 2
  3. Zero Waste GoalThe focus of the update shifted from conversion and landfilling to a zero waste policy with an emphasis on the “3 R’s”: Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling (Click on the link for more detail) 3
  4. The Plan Update Recommends 3 recycling goal levels• Visionary goal of 100% diversion• Baseline goal of a 25% recycling rate for each sub-county region• Stretch goal in the range of 50-70%The state requires a minimum 25% recycling rategoal, but based on the experiences of othercounties higher rates are possible. 4
  5. Plan Update StructureStructured around four major categories of the waste stream Typical Construction household and and demolition office waste (C&D) material Landscape Electronic waste and food waste waste 5
  6. Data Collection The Plan Update cites a critical need for more accurate and complete data on waste generation quantities and recycling rates.• Waste Generation data for portions of Cook County that do not have active waste management authorities varied substantially.• There were large reporting variations within data over the years. 6
  7. RecommendationsThe update includes thirty threerecommendations for improvingsolid waste management in CookCounty.Click here to review all of the recommendations 7
  8. Update Process• The Update was prepared with input from the three sub-county solid waste associations (click the link for their websites): South Suburban Mayors and Managers West Cook County Solid Solid Waste Agency of Association (SSMA) Waste Agency Northern Cook County (WCCSWA) (SWANCC) *South Suburban Solid Waste Agency (SSSWA)• The Delta Institute also worked with other government and regulatory agencies, recyclers, waste haulers and their associations and, advocacy organizations to gather information for this Update. 8
  9. StepsEnvironmental Cook CountyControl Public Board Submit to IEPA IEPA approval Hearing on Approval Draft Update 9
  10. New Legislation Since Last Plan UpdateThe Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act (P.A. 95-059; 415 ILCS 150/)Signed into law in September 2008, the act advances a producer responsibility modelfor managing end-of-life electronics.Will ban covered electronic devices from being landfilled in Illinois starting Jan. 1,2012.Illinois Composting Bill (S.B. 99) Amends the Illinois Environmental Protection Act (415 ILCS 5/).Passed in June 2009 , the bill allows for the composting of food waste on a commercialscale without triggering requirements for more heavily-regulated landfills, transferstations or other pollution control facilities.Construction & Demolition Debris Legislation Public Act 96-1416,Went into effect July 30, 2010Amends the Illinois Environmental Protection Act regarding the management of CleanConstruction and Demolition Debris (CCDD).The new law creates a state tipping fee for CCDD disposal and provides additionalstandards for materials being accepted at CCDD facilities and soil-only fill sites. 10
  11. Waste Generation and Recycling Rates Waste generation has grown due to a slight increase in population and a larger increase in per capita generation rates in most parts of Cook County. Recycling rates have declined among SSMMA and WCCSWA communities. Recycling rates in all but SWANCC communities still fall short of the state goal of 25%. 11
  12. Municipality Waste Agency Affiliations and Populations• Of the 126 municipalities in Cook County, 95 belong to one of the three sub-county solid waste agencies.• Since 2000, the population of suburban Cook County increased by 0.7% and is currently 2,499,077• Not all areas experienced growth. While Elgin (which straddles Cook and Kane counties) grew 14.5% to 108,188 and Glenview grew 7%, other larger cities (Cicero, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights and Des Plaines) declined. Click on the image above for an interactive map showing municipal waste agency affiliations and population changes. 12
  13. IEPA Map of Cook County Solid and E-Waste Facilities Looking for a solid, or E-waste recycling facility? Click on an image below to go to a detailed facility mapIEPA Solid Waste Facilities IEPA E-Waste Facilities 13
  14. Contact Information Cook County Department of Environmental Control69 W. Washington St. Suite 1900 312-603-8200 14