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DuPage County Environmental Committee met October 3

By Corazon L. Gonzales | Jan 1, 2018

Meeting 11

DuPage County Environmental Committee met October 3. 

Here is the minutes as provided by the committee:

1. Call to Order

8:45 am meeting was called to order by Vice Chairman Brian J Krajewski at 8:45 am.

2. Roll Call

Present:     Krajewski, Noonan, Wiley, Healy

Absent:      Grant, Fichtner

3. Chairman's Remarks

None

4. Public Comment

5. Approval of Minutes

A. Environmental Committee - Regular Meeting - Aug 1, 2017 8:45 am

     RESULT:           ACCEPTED [UNANIMOUS]

     MOVER:           Sean T Noonan, District 2

     SECONDER:    James Healy, District 5

     AYES:               Krajewski, Noonan, Wiley, Healy

6. Action Items

A. Authorization to Travel -- ILCSWMA Travel Request

Authorization to travel for staff members, items 6A and 6B were combined.

On a motion by Member Healy, and seconded by Member Noonan, on a voice call vote, all members present voted aye for the Annual Illinois Counties Solid Waste Management Association Conference which includes training from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for solid waste enforcement programs for both staffers to attend. Motion passes.

     RESULT:          APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

     MOVER:          James Healy, District 5

     SECONDER:   Sean T Noonan, District 2

     AYES:               Krajewski, Noonan, Wiley, Healy

B. Authorization to Travel -- ILCSWMA Travel Request

Authorization to travel for staff members, items 6A and 6B were combined.

Motion passed.

     RESULT:           APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

     MOVER:            James Healy, District 5

     SECONDER:     Sean T Noonan, District 2

     AYES:                Krajewski, Noonan, Wiley, Healy

C. Action Item -- DuPage County Solid Waste Management Plan Five Year Update

On a motion by Member Healy and seconded by Member Wiley, the Solid Waste Management Five Year Plan Update Draft was approved for public solicitation from municipalities, waste haulers, related stake holders and the public. On a voice call vote, all members present voted aye. Motion passes.

Ms. Hinz, Du Page County's Building and Zoning Department's Environmental Coordinator, touched on key points throughout the Solid Waste Management Five Year Plan Update Draft.

Ms. Hinz pointed out that demolition construction debris that ends up in landfills, is an action that we would like to help prevent and along with the assistance of the Building and Zoning Department, the construction and demolition debris brochure will be handed out with issued permits and given to all contractors that register to inform that this service is available.

The multifamily dwelling recycling opportunities are on the radar due to the comengling of recyclables with trash which can be difficult to keep separate due to limited recycling bins or collections at multifamily dwellings, added Ms. Hinz.

The electronic recycling opportunity remains to be at the fore front and it is our hope to continue working with our vendors to provide this opportunity informed Ms. Hinz. 

The programs for sharps and needles continue to be an area of concern and we are seeking additional disposal opportunities for these items and more municipalities are assisting with this program as well as the unused prescription medicines stated Ms. Hinz.

Member Wiley inquired if Walgreens and CVS's have a take back program for sharpes and needles and Ms. Hinz informed that they have a mail back program where one can purchase a container to place the sharpes or needles in, but the above mentioned stores do not collect the sharpes or needles.

Ms. Hinz also informed the comittee that Waste Managment now offers at your door special collection which will facilitate the removal of hard to recycle items and hazardous waste items easily, safely and responsibly and this information will be within our update plan also.

Ms. Hinz informed the committee that it is the intention of staff to release the Solid Waste Management Five Year Plan Update Draft to solicate feedback from the municipalities, waste haulers and other stake holders and the public and to incorporated the feedback and bring the plan back to committee for approval.

Member Healy suggested that a comparison from three years prior recycling opportunities be compared with today's recycling opportunties. Ms. Hinz informed that would be a great opportunity to show how recycling has grown.

     RESULT:           APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

     MOVER:           James Healy, District 5

     SECONDER:    Kevin Wiley, District 6

     AYES:                Krajewski, Noonan, Wiley, Healy

7. Staff Reports

A. Recycling Outreach Updates

Ms. Hinz, the Evironmental Committee Coordinator for DuPage County's Building and Zoning Department, provided two handouts to the committee members, the Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Guide and the New Online Recycling Guide that now informs the public what is recyclable and what should be possibly be placed in the garbage container.

Both handouts will be attached and made a part of these minutes thereof.

B. Meeting Handout

1. New Online Recycling Guide

2. DuPage County Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling

C. Department of Transportation Update TIGER and ITEP Grants

John Loper of Du Page County's Department of Transportation provided a brief update on the Transporation Investment Generating Econimic Recovery Grant, otherwise known as TIGER which is a 5.1 billion grant to fund projects that have a significant impact on the Nation, a region or a metropolitan area.

Mr. Loper informed the committee that the Department of Transportation is in process of completing the grant applciation and will be submitting the packet and hopes that we are successful this year as we have made several attempts in the past. This grant is very competitive and an over abundance of applications are received every year, added Mr. Loper, however we are making every effort to coordinate all objectives in order to receive the funding to improve traffic signal coordination within Du Page County.

Mr.Loper informed the committee that the Department of Transportation will also be applying for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, also known as ITEP. If the County is successful in obtaining this grant, it will be used to improve the aestetics along Illinis Route 390, previously known as the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway, added Mr. Loper.

8. Presentations

A. Educational Partners - SCARCE DuPage County Projects

Kay of SCARCE provide a powerpoint for the committee members and answered questions from the members.

The powerpoint will be added and made a part of these minutes thereof.

B. SCARCE

1. SCARCE Power Point September 2017

9. Old Business

None

10. New Business

None

11. Adjournment

Without objection, the meeting was adjourned at 9:15am

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