Pursuant to the Illinois Municipal Budget Law (50ICLS 330/1), notice is hereby given that the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County will hold a public hearing on its budget and appropriation ordinance for the Fiscal Year beginning May 1, 2021 and ending on April 30, 2022 on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at the office of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, 77 W. Hintz Road, Suite 200, Wheeling, IL. Copies of the tentative form of the budget and appropriation ordinance are available for public inspection at the office of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00a.m. and 3:30p.m. Any person desiring to appear at the public hearing and present testimony to the Agency may contact David Van Vooren, Executive Director, at the aforementioned administrative offices or (847) 724-9205. 

Bob Sirott speaks with Mary S. Allen, Recycling and Education Director at Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), about common mistakes people make when it comes to recycling, how things have changed due to COVID-19, and the General Curbside Recycling Guidelines.

For those interested, here are some General pdf Curbside Recycling Guidelines (2.09 MB) . We also encourage you to check out this video, 

Believe it or not, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the way recycling is gathered. For the health and safety of workers, people that are exhibiting COVID symptoms or have tested positive should “bag” and “tie” their recycling and throw away in the garbage until they are well. Never put gloves, masks or PPE in the recycling cart. You should bag and tie those and put in the garbage cart.

Click HERE to listen. 

The Toolkit is a comprehensive resource that provides all schools the tools to tackle the issue of wasted food. It identifies the main sources of wasted food in schools and, using the EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy as a framework, offers strategies for:

  • Measuring food waste
  • Preventing food waste
  • Food recovery and redistribution
  • Composting food scraps
  • Education and engagement
  • Communicating and celebrating success.

Download Food Waste Reduction Toolkit for Illinois Schools


Take a virtual tour of a Waste Management recycling facility. 



See behind the scenes at Homewood Disposal's recycling facility.

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