Tazewell County Health Dept.

Environmental Solid Waste

Solid Waste

The Tazewell County Health Department (TCHD) is the coordinating agency for solid waste planning in Tazewell County. Through an agreement with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, TCHD has been given authority to inspect, investigate and enforce state regulations on all pollution control facilities within the County.

TCHD's Solid Waste Management Department assists communities, schools, organizations and businesses throughout the County with a variety of waste reduction, recycling and education programs that benefit both public health and the environment.


Goals & Objectives

The aim of Tazewell County's Solid Waste Management Department is to implement a county-wide approach to solid waste management which addresses the environmental and economic issues within the County as follows:

  • Implement TCHD's Solid Waste Management Plan
  • Minimize environmental damage and protect public health by facilitating an efficient, reliable, environmentally safe and cost effective waste disposal system.
  • Educate the public regarding solid waste management issues.
  • Provide educational presentations and materials regarding techniques to reduce, reuse and recycle solid waste generated materials.
  • Advise and assist residents on procedures and programs designed to remove toxic materials from the waste disposal stream.
  • Provide programs designed to encourage cost effective recycling in the County's business community.
  • Investigate and enforce state regulations on all pollution control facilities within the County.
  • Administer an efficient code enforcement program targeted at all types of illegal dumping and open burning.
  • Provide for recycling outreach education programs for schools that teach students to rethink their trash habits.

Community Recycling Programs

Tazewell County's Solid Waste Management Plan sets up a framework for programs and services dealing with community recycling collection programs.

Curbside Recycling Collection Programs: Items collected may vary for each program. Check with your community for appropriate items.

* Creve Coeur
* East Peoria
* Morton
* Pekin
* Washington


Drop-Off Recycling Collection Programs:

* Armington - Corner of Third and S. Main
* Deer Creek - West side of the water tower
* Delavan - Corner of 7th and Chestnut
* Green Valley - Main Street, east of railroad tracks
* Groveland - Township Bldg., 18661 Springfield Rd
* Hopedale - 101 E. Main Street
* Mackinaw - Corner of Orchard and Route 9
* Minier - Pennsylvania & West Park
* South Pekin - Cincinnati Township Bldg.
* Tremont - Corner of Cullinan & James Street


Code Enforcement & Inspections

The goal of the County's Code Enforcement & Inspections Program is to minimize environmental damage. This program acknowledges that damage to the environment is a threat to the public health, safety and welfare of county residents.

One of the significant sources of this destruction, damage and harm are the improper and unsafe transportation, treatment, storage, disposal and dumping of waste materials.

Under an agreement with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the County of Tazewell, the Tazewell County Health Department has been given authority to inspect, investigate and enforce state regulations on all pollution control facilities and illegal disposal activities within the County.

To report illegal or improper disposal activities, contact TCHD at (309) 925-5511 or 477-2223, extension 272.


Education

Tazewell County's Recycling Education Program provides solid waste education to students, businesses, community organizations and the general public.

TCHD is pleased with the positive benefits that this program offers, including educational, environmental, economic, community goodwill, community involvement, increased recycling decreased land disposal of garbage and increased awareness to buy recycled.

The curriculum offers information on the three R's (reduce, reuse and recycle) buying recycled, composting, safe disposal options for household hazardous wastes and old paints. The program provides for presentations, interactive exhibits, educational displays, lesson plans, activities, games educational promotions and participation in special events such as the Clean Water Celebration and Environmental Education Day.

The program can include the hosting of field trips, tours, workshops, teacher/adult leader training and a vermin composting demonstration., Other resources include a variety of videos, industry magazines, books, brochures, posters and other materials.

To learn more about recycling education, contact TCHD at (309) 925-5511 or 477-2223, extension 270.


Household Hazardous Wastes

In many cases, the improper use, storage and/or disposal of hazardous household products can cause a health threat to one's family. Containers stored over a long period of time can deteriorate and the resulting spill could cause the release of toxic gases or even an explosion. As an alternative to storing or improperly disposing of the unwanted chemicals, TCHD encourages residents to take advantage of Illinois EPA sponsored Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events. The program provides an opportunity for residents to safely dispose of unwanted household chemicals such as old pesticides, waste oil, paint, solvents, household cleaners, etc. Contact TCHD for location, dates and times of the next scheduled event

Tazewell County places a high priority on removing toxic material from general household waste in order to safeguard public health and the environment.

The County's public education programs are designed to inform people that many common products are toxic or contain harmful substances. Long term storage of these products creates additional problems in that containers deteriorate and leak over time creating fire hazards or safety threats to children and family pets.


General Tips On Hazardous Products:

  • Buy only quantities you need.
  • Always store products according to directions. Keep products in their original containers.
  • Avoid breathing fumes and skin contact.
  • Never mix different products. Explosions or chemical reactions can occur.
  • If possible, find a neighbor or organization who can use the product for its intended purpose.
  • Always dispose of hazardous materials in an approved manner.