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Solid Waste Agency of Lake County

60% Recycling Taskforce

About the Task Force

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The 2009 Solid Waste Management Plan Update, approved by the Lake County Board on April 13, 2010, contains a recommendation that requires both Lake County and SWALCO to convene a task force and appoint members to address the goal of increasing recycling in Lake County.  The Lake County Board approved a Joint Resolution at its June 8, 2010 meeting to establish the 60% Recycling Task Force.

This Task Force was appointed and had its first meeting at the SWALCO Board meeting on Thursday, June 24, 2010.  The group's directive was to investigate, evaluate and develop recommendations on how SWALCO and Lake County can realistically achieve a 60% recycling rate by 2020.  After holding twelve meetings beginning in June 2010 and ending in October 2011, the Task Force approved a final report that contained 36 recommendations. This web page contains:

Status of SWALCO Member Implementation

The following tables show the progress that SWALCO members have made in implementing several of the key recommendations of the 60% Recycling Task Force Report, and their progress toward meeting the pounds per capita per day (PCD) disposal goals of 1.6 PCD by 2015 and 1.35 PCD by 2020.


​SWALCO Member ​Municipal Franchise ​Recycling Carts ​Cart Upgrade Option/Month ​Volume Based (PAYT) Option ​Multi-Family Ordinance or Franchise ​Commercial Franchise ​Construction & Demolition Debris Ordinance ​Hosts E-Scrap Collections ​Hosts Textile Collections ​Pharmaceuticals Collection
​Village of Antioch Yes ​Nov 2005 ​Annual - Sep ​Graduated ​WMI - Year Round ​Police Department
Village of Bannockburn ​Yes ​Apr 2013 ​Annual - May ​Limited ​Yes
Village of Beach Park Yes June 2014 Annual - May​ Limited​ Public Works​
Village of Deer Park ​Yes ​May 2005 ​Switch Lids option ​1 to 2 one day events/year
Village of Deerfield ​Yes ​Apr 2006 ​Franchise ​Yes ​Yes ​Public Works ​Police Department
Village of Fox Lake ​Yes ​Dec 2010 ​Franchise ​Grant Townships - Year Round ​Public Works - Year Round ​Police Department
Village of Grayslake ​Yes ​Jul 2002 Annual - Mar​ ​Graduated ​Ordinance ​Yes ​Yes ​Public Works - Year Round ​Public Works -Year Round Police Department​
Village of Green Oaks ​Yes ​Apr 2007 ​Sticker
Village of Gurnee ​Yes ​Jun 2001 ​Any Time ​Graduated Yes​ ​Public Works ​Police Dep - Year Round
Village of Hainesville ​Yes ​Dec 2002 ​Annual - May ​Limited ​Public Works & Avon Township
Village of Hawthorn Woods ​Yes ​Apr 2004 ​Annual - May ​Graduated ​Police Department
City of Highland Park Yes​ ​Oct 2010 ​Graduated & Sticker ​Franchise ​Yes ​Yes ​Public Works - Year Round Public Works - Year Round​ ​Police Dep. & LC Health Dep
City of Highwood ​Yes ​May 2012 ​Annual - Apr ​Limited ​Franchise ​Yes ​City Hall - Year Round
Village of Island Lake ​Yes ​Apr 2010
Village of Kildeer ​Yes ​Apr 2003 Annual - Mar​ ​Graduated
Village of Lake Barrington ​Yes ​Oct 2013 ​Annual - Jun Prairieland - Year Round​
Village of Lake Bluff ​Yes ​May 2007 ​Yes ​Public Works - Year Round ​Police Department
City of Lake Forest ​Municipal ​Oct 2012 ​Public Works - Year Round ​Police Department
Village of Lake Villa ​Yes ​Jul 2004 Annual - TBD​ ​Graduated
Village of Lake Zurich ​Yes ​Nov 2002 ​Police Department
​Village of Libertyville ​Yes ​Jul 2010 ​Sticker ​Yes ​Public Works ​Police Department
Village of Lincolnshire ​Yes ​Apr 2003 Annual - Jan​ ​Graduated ​Public Works
Village of Lindenhurst ​Yes ​Oct 2003 ​Limited ​Public Works
Village of Long Grove ​Yes ​Feb 2014 Annual - May​ ​Graduated ​Village Parking Lot
Village of Mundelein ​Yes ​May 2009 ​Any Time ​Sticker ​Franchise ​Public Works ​Park District - Year Round ​Police Department
​Navy (Forest City Housing) ​Yes ​Franchise
​Village of North Barrington ​Yes ​Available
City of North Chicago ​Yes ​Jan 2013 Annual - Mar​ ​Public Works - Year Round
​City of Park City ​Yes ​Oct 2003 ​Graduated & Sticker ​Public Works
Village of Port Barrington ​Yes ​Dec 2005 ​Annual - May ​Public Works
Village of Riverwoods ​Yes ​Apr 2012 ​Any Time ​Limited Yes​ ​Curbside Program
Village of Round Lake ​Yes ​Jan 2004 ​Graduated ​Public Works ​Public Works - Year Round
Village of Round Lake Beach ​Yes ​Dec 2003 ​Annual - Apr ​Graduated ​Yes ​Public Works - Year Round ​Public Works - Year Round ​Police Department
Village of Round Lake Heights ​Yes ​Apr 2006 ​Graduated
Village of Round Lake Park ​Yes ​Jun 2003 ​Village Hall - Year Round
Village of Third Lake ​Yes ​Nov 2004
Village of Tower Lakes ​Yes
Village of Vernon Hills​ ​Yes ​Jul 2002 ​Graduated ​Franchise ​Public Works - Year Round ​Public Works - Year Round ​Police Department
Village of Wadsworth ​Licensed ​2013
Village of Wauconda ​Yes ​Dec 2005 ​Public Works - Year Round ​Public Works - Year Round
City of Waukegan ​Yes ​Dec 2013 Limited​ ​Public Works - Year Round ​Public Works - Year Round
Village of Winthrop Harbor ​Yes ​Oct 2004 ​Sticker
City of Zion ​Yes ​Jan 2014 ​July 2014, one time ​Yes Public Works - Year Round​ ​Public Works - Year Round ​Police Department
Lake County ​Subscription ​Available ​Yes ​Yes ​LC DOT, Warren Township & Wauconda Township - Year Round ​LC DOT ​Police Department

 

SWALCO Members Per Capita Per Day Disposal Rates (2010 - 2013)

Per Capita Per Day Disposal Rate (lbs.)
​SWALCO Member ​2010 ​2011 ​2012 ​2013
​Antioch ​1.4 ​1.5 ​1.4 ​1.4
​Bannockburn ​2.3
​Beach Park 2.2​ ​2.3 ​2.0 ​1.8
​Deer Park ​2.4 ​2.5 ​2.4 ​2.3
​Deerfield ​2.1 ​1.7 ​1.7 ​1.6
​Fox Lake ​1.3 ​1.2 ​1.1 ​1.2
​Grayslake ​1.4 ​1.5 ​1.4 ​1.5
​Green Oaks ​2.3 ​2.6 ​2.5 ​2.6
​Gurnee ​1.4 1.5​ ​1.4 ​1.5
Hainesville​ ​1.5 ​1.5 ​1.4 ​1.8
​Hawthorn Woods ​2.3 ​2.3 ​2.2 ​2.3
​Highland Park ​1.7 ​1.5 ​1.6 ​1.3
​Highwood ​1.7 ​1.9 ​2.4 ​2.3
​Island Lake ​1.6 ​1.2 ​1.5 ​1.4
​Kildeer ​1.8 ​2.0 ​1.8 ​2.1
​Lake Barrington ​1.9 1.7​ ​1.7 ​1.6
​Lake Bluff ​1.6 ​1.4 ​1.4 ​1.5
​Lake County ​3.0 ​2.8 ​2.4 ​2.3
​Lake Forest ​2.6 ​2.7 ​2.5 ​2.4
​Lake Villa ​0.8 ​0.7 ​0.7 ​0.9
​Lake Zurich ​1.7 ​1.7 ​1.6 ​1.7
​Libertyville ​2.1 ​2.1 ​2.1 ​2.1
​Lincolnshire ​1.6 ​1.8 ​1.9 ​2.2
​Lindenhurst ​1.7 ​1.9 ​1.9 ​1.9
​Long Grove ​1.8 ​1.9 ​2.0 ​2.1
​Mundelein ​1.8 ​1.8 ​1.7 ​1.8
​North Barrington ​2.3 ​2.7 ​2.7 ​3.1
​North Chicago ​2.3 ​2.3 ​2.7 ​2.6
​Park City ​2.5 ​2.4 ​2.4 ​2.6
​Port Barrington ​1.0 ​1.3 ​1.4 ​1.8
​Riverwoods ​2.2 ​2.4 ​1.8 ​1.7
​Round Lake ​1.8 ​1.8 ​1.7 ​1.7
​Round Lake Beach ​1.6 ​1.6 ​1.5 ​1.6
​Round Lake Heights ​2.1 ​2.1 ​1.8 ​2.0
​Round Lake Park ​1.9 ​2.2 ​2.0 ​1.4
​Third Lake ​2.2 ​2.1 ​2.1 ​2.3
​Tower Lakes ​1.8 ​1.5 ​1.6 ​1.7
​Vernon Hills ​1.5 ​1.6 ​1.6 ​1.6
​Wadsworth ​3.2 ​2.9 ​2.3 ​2.2
​Wauconda ​1.7 ​1.8 ​1.8 ​2.0
​Waukegan ​2.1 ​2.1 ​2.1 ​2.0
​Winthrop Harbor ​2.1 ​2.2 ​2.1 ​2.1
Zion ​2.0 ​2.0 ​1.8 ​1.8
Average PCD Disposal Rate ​1.9 ​1.9 ​1.9 ​1.9
Total Tons of Waste Generated ​175,518 ​170,791 ​162,995 ​163,113
Total Number of Households ​170,601 ​169,937 ​169,972 ​169,666
Total Calculated Population ​508,523 ​497,025 ​489,600 ​493,846
 
Legend ​ ​ ​Meets 2020 Goal of 1.35 PCD Disposal
​Meets 2015 Goal of 1.6 PCD Disposal
​Has Not Met Either Goal

Overview of Recommendations

Why the Task Force and what did they do?

A Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) was formed by the SWALCO Board of Directors in 2008 with the purpose of updating the Solid Waste Management Plan for Lake County. The update formed by the CAC recommended convening a Task Force to investigate, evaluate and develop a plan with which SWALCO and Lake County could realistically achieve a 60% recycling rate by the year 2020.

A total of 27 individuals, representing a wide range of stakeholders, were appointed to the Task Force and approved by both Lake County and SWALCO. The Task Force included:

  • CAC members
  • Primary haulers
  • Compost facilities operators
  • Recycling facility operator
  • C&D recycling facility operator
  • Members from Incinerator Free Lake County
  • Members from Lake County
  • Members from SWALCO
  • Representatives from Lake County Municipal League
  • Representatives from Lake County Chamber of Commerce
  • A large retailer

The Task Force held 12 meetings between June 2010 and October 2011, resulting in the development of 36 recommendations ranging from the enhancement of existing programs to mandatory ordinances within waste plans.

Recommendations were split among three separate sectors commonly used in the organization of material/waste collection businesses:

  1. Residential (20 recommendations)
  2. Commercial (14 recommendations)
  3. Construction and Debris (2 recommendations)

Although the recommendations represent the foundation of the plan, the 60% Task Force recognized that a significant barrier to achieving the desired diversion rates would be the need to educate the public and shift the general mindset from "waste management" to "material or resource management."

Recommendations / Strategy

Recommendations from the 60% Task Force concerning the three sectors of material/waste collection can be viewed on their individual pages (Residential, Commercial, Construction and Debris).

The education program is revamped and enhanced through the use of a new community outreach program. The goal of the outreach program is to provide educational materials and information through a variety of mediums as well as community groups.

In addition to the recommendations, the Task Force also discussed several “macro realities” that are applicable across all three sectors:

  • The need for a conveniently located and adequately sized processing capacity to manage diverted materials in an economically viable manner must be available. Reducing the reliance on landfilling and meeting disposal goals will require diverting hundreds of thousands of tons of material out of landfills and into such diversion facilities. The private sector will be relied upon to develop the needed infrastructure to manage these resources.
  • The two in-county landfills should be encouraged to scavenge materials on-site that could then be transported off-site to downstream recycling facilities.
  • Market development is essential if Lake County is to be successful in diverting materials from the landfill, especially markets for finished compost.
  • Education will be essential if Lake County is to move forward and reach the disposal goals set for 2015 and 2020. Those that generate materials/waste must realize that all programs start with their participation, and they need to understand why that participation is important.

Background Information

60% Recycling Task Force Report

Recycling Ordinance

Commercial Recycling

Presentations

Publications, Documents, and Reports