Below is a list of projects ISTC has sponsored.
6 Project(s) Found
The project is to identify a strategy to improve the near-term household hazardous waste (HHW) collection options for a selected 7-county area in East Central Illinois. At present, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) subsidizes the operation of four HHW collection facilities, all situated in northern Illinois. After a three-year hiatus due to lack of available state funding, the IEPA recently resumed a limited schedule of downstate HHW one-day collections. Downstate IEPA HHW collections are inadequate for several reasons (infrequent, expensive, inconvenient, etc.). Local government jurisdictions or agencies requesting a HHW one-day collection are placed on a prioritized waiting list, with amount of local funds provided for the one-day collection as one IEPA selection criterion. For a HHW collection, local funds derived from landfill'tipping fees' are not available to the great majority of Illinois counties with no landfill. Meanwhile, county and municipal governments and area health agencies constantly receive inquiries from residents about HHW disposal. Phase 1 (6.5 months) of the proposed three-phase project includes compiling information regarding HHW collection practices and collection facilities in Illinois, identification of potential HHW disposal/recycling/reuse alternatives for residents of seven target East Central Illinois counties, and making recommendations regarding a proposed means to implement the identified HHW collection alternatives.
The planned Phase 2 portion of the project (12 months) includes completing a cost/benefit analysis associated with HHW collection options identified, additional outreach to HHW contractors and key parties, and development of specific county and/or regional recommendations for the targeted East Central Illinois area. Other tasks to be completed will focus on sharing information about the HHW collection recommended strategy for the seven-county East Central Illinois target area, encouraging grassroots efforts to implement one or more alternative HHW collection strategy, and outreach to and collaboration with environmental organizations in Illinois.
*HHW is leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients (e.g., non-latex paints, harsh chemical cleaners, oils, thinners, weed killers, insecticides, and pesticides). By law, HHW requires special care at disposal.
Project Rationale It is important to improve HHW collection options for East Central Illinois residents. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) subsidizes the operation of four HHW collection facilities, all situated in northern Illinois. Downstate IEPA one-day HHW collections are inadequate for several reasons (infrequent, expensive, inconvenient, etc.). Local funds for a HHW collection based on landfill 'tipping fees' are not available to the great majority of Illinois counties with no landfill. County and municipal governments and area health agencies constantly receive inquiries from residents about HHW disposal.
Project Goal This project is expected to result in the development of a strategy for alternative HHW collection options for the selected 7-county area in East Central Illinois. Later phases 1 and 2 of this project involve collaboration, identifying local partners, and tapping grassroots support. The completion of the entire 3 parts of the project is expected to lead to efforts to implement preferred alternate HHW collection options in order to:
• provide convenient opportunities for residents to safely recycle/reuse/dispose of HHW; • increase the overall amount of HHW collected from residents;* and • be duplicated and used as a template for potential implementation to serve counties in other Illinois regions. *A recent estimate is that the traditional HHW collection facilities serve approximately 7% of an area.