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A free seminar entitled, “Eco-Nomic Restaurant Workshop”, will be held on Monday, March 9, 2015, from 9 to 11 am. The free event is hosted by the Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition, SWANCC, SWALCO, Lake Shore Recycling Systems, and others, that will be held at Venue One in Deerfield

The audience is directed to commercial businesses, such as restaurants, cafeterias, caterers, schools, hospitals and entities serving food. Speakers will include a range of experts in the fields of food composting, energy conservation, water conservation, small business savings tips for utilities, rebate programs, locally-sourced, sustainable food options as well as case studies from local peers.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Please see the attached flyer for details, and share with others that may be interested in attending. Please RSVP by March 6, 2015 either online at Deerfield Bannockburn Riverwoods Chamber of Commerce or call 847.945.4660.

 
 



Eco-Nomic Restaurant Seminar Itinerary
  • 9:00-9:15 am: Coffee and Light Refreshments
     
  • 9:15-10:00 am: “FIRST COURSE”: Energy and Water Conservation
    Welcome & Introduction
    Nicor Gas Small Business Savings Program
    LED Lighting Rebate/Incentive Program
    Refrigeration Rebate Programs
    Restaurant Case Study: Energy & Water Conservation
     
  • 10:00-10:15 am Break
     
  • 10:15-11:00 am: “SECOND COURSE”: Food Sourcing and Waste Management
    Local & Sustainable Food Sourcing
    Illinois Food Scrap Coalition:  “We Compost”
    Lakeshore Recycling Systems: Franchise Information
    Restaurant Case Study: Food Sourcing & Waste Management
 

 

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy guides state efforts to improve water quality at home and downstream by reducing nitrogen and phosphorus levels in our lakes, streams, and rivers. The strategy lays out a comprehensive suite of best management practices for reducing nutrient loads from wastewater treatment plants and urban and agricultural runoff. Recommended activities target the state’s most critical watersheds and are based on the latest science and best-available technology. It also calls for more collaboration between state and federal agencies, cities, non-profits, and technical experts on issues such as water quality monitoring, funding, and outreach.

The strategy was developed by a policy working group led by the Illinois Water Resource Center, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Group members included representatives from state and federal agencies, agriculture, and non-profit organizations as well as scientists and wastewater treatment professionals.

Key Strategy Components

  1. Identifies priority watersheds for nutrient reduction efforts.
  2. Establishes the Nutrient Monitoring Council to coordinate water quality monitoring efforts by government agencies, universities, non-profits, and industry.
  3. Creates the Nutrient Science Advisory Committee to develop numeric nutrient criteria.
  4. Forms the Agricultural Water Quality Partnership Forum to oversee outreach and education efforts.
  5. Establishes the Urban Stormwater Working Group to coordinate and improve stormwater programs and education.
  6. Lays out strategies for improving collaboration among government, non-profits, and industry.
  7. Defines a process for regular review and revision.

Download the  pdf Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy report

 

 

Solid Waste Management Plan
SWANCC is pleased to release the pdf Final Solid Waste Management Plan Update . Please use the links below to download the report and appendices. Please note that it may take a while for the documents to download due to file size.

Learn about the SWANCC Solid Waste Management Plan Process
Three regional stakeholder meetings held in September were attended by approximately 50 municipal officials, municipal staff, waste and recycling service providers, and members of the public. Each of the meetings included an introductory presentation by Shaw and SWANCC staff, followed by comments, questions, and discussion from the attendees. The principal input from the regional stakeholder meetings included the following:

  • Education services provided by SWANCC are a value, and continued outreach is needed to make residents aware of the benefits of recycling, what happens to materials collected for recycling, and how to access community and SWANCC programs.
  • There is interest in and/or a perceived need for:
    • Increasing recycling access at multi-family properties.
    • Increasing public access to recycling at individual businesses, in downtown areas and business districts, and in other public spaces.
    • Continuing to evaluate options for management of food scraps.
    • Identifying additional opportunities for the collection of household hazardous wastes.
    • Evaluating options for construction and demolition debris recycling.
    • Jointly procuring residential collection services.
    • Evaluating options to recycle textiles that are not suitable for donation or reuse.
  • Maintaining cost-effective service is an important factor for both members and service providers when exploring options for expanded or new programs.
Based on the input received from the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and participants in the regional stakeholder meetings, Shaw incorporated these issues into the Draft Plan. This draft of the SWMP Update was reviewed by the Executive Committee at its January 22, 2014 meeting.
 
Based on the comments received at this meeting, the following SWMP Update schedule is proposed: 
  • February 27, 2014 - SWMP Update Available for Public Review SWANCC Staff will make the SWMP Update available on the Agency's website for review by the Board of Directors and the public. A 30-day public written comment period will commence on this date with written comments being accepted via US mail or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The written comment period will close on Friday, March 28, 2014. 
  • March 12, 2014 - Board of Directors Meeting The Board of Directors will review the final draft of the SWMP Update and its recommendations. Board Members will be asked to provide their comments regarding the Update. A public hearing will be held to allow the public to address the Board regarding the SWMP Update. The amount of time and format of the public's comments will be at the discretion of the Chairman of the Board of Directors. 
  • March 28, 2014 - 30-day Public Written Comment Period Closes 
  • April 2, 2014 - Executive Committee Meeting The Committee is expected to formulate a recommendation to the Board of Directors recommending adoption of the SWMP Update. 
  • April 9, 2014 - Board of Directors Meeting The Board of Directors will review the Executive Committee's recommendation and will formally vote on the adoption of the SWMP Update.
Please contact Dave Van Vooren or if you have any questions or comments regarding the SWMP Update.
 
If you would like to keep up-to-date on the planning process, you can sign up for SWANCC’s Elist.
 

The Glenview Transfer Station is available to commercial and landscape contractors and other commercial entities for the disposal of landscape waste, solid waste, and construction debris. The transfer station is equipped with scales and all loads are weighed.

Asphalt shingles are accepted for recycling. Shingles must be from residential projects; commercial shingles will be turned away. Acceptable materials include asphalt shingles, felt attached to shingles, nails mixed in with shingles, and shingles containing fiberglass.

Residents may also bring refuse and debris to the transfer station. You will be required to unload your own vehicle. No landscape waste will be accepted from residents. White goods such as refrigerators, washers, and dryers may be disposed of on a fee per item basis. The facility is extremely busy between 11 am and 1 pm.  Please avoid this time if possible.

-Electronics Recycling at this location is available to residents of SWANCC member communities only on Saturdays from 9-11:30 AM.

-No Hazardous Waste or Household Chemicals will be accepted at this facility

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 6:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday: 6:00 am to 12:00 pm
Sunday: Closed
Landscape waste is only accepted from March 15 - December 15 each year.

Rates:
Asphalt Shingles: $50 per ton (no minimum)
Commercial Landscape Waste: $66.00 per ton ($16.50 minimum for 500lb. or less)
Commercial Waste: $75.00 per ton ($18.75 minimum for 500lb. or less)
Residential Waste: $75.00 per ton ($37.50 minimum for 1000lb. or less)
White Goods: $25.00 per item (refrigerator, washer, dryer, etc.)

Major credit cards are accepted for payment. Credit card must be present for transactions or to set up an account.

Location:
The Glenview Transfer Station is located at 3 Providence Way, Des Plaines, IL 60016. It is on the east side of Des Plaines River Road, just north of Central Road, directly across the street from the Maryville Academy. 

For more information call SWANCC at (847) 724-9205 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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M-F | 6 am - 4 pm
Sat | 6 am - 12 pm

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