More than 33 million tons of food is wasted each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Tuesday, January 8
“Think before you throw” has been the mantra of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) since becoming an intergovernmental Agency in 1988. As a new year begins, SWANCC encourages residents to be more aware of what they buy and throw away, and that there are many ways to recover materials rather than sending them to landfill. Food scrap waste heads up the list. In November 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that food is now the single largest type of waste going to America’s municipal landfills and incinerators. To provide guidance for residents interested in composting, SWANCC developed a 7-minute video called Composting At Home. To learn more about backyard composting, tips for success and a…
A new initiative set to begin this fall is aimed at getting residents to rethink the way they dispose of waste.
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County has a mission to take a recycling program that is already successful and make it even stronger. Starting this fall SWALCO will partner with the Curbside Value Partnership in a national program designed to help communities grow their curbside recycling programs through education. Through this partnership, SWALCO and its members will implement and measure a grassroots education campaign designed to increase awareness for curbside recycling, grow participation and ultimately boost volume. Education tactics for the campaign are expected to include marketing, an enhanced Web and social media presence, advertising, public relations, and grassroots, community-level outreach. “Many Lake County residents are …