Tazewell County Green Initiatives

Purpose

The Green Iniatives Program is funded through Tazewell County landfill fees. This initiative is sponsored and supported by the Tazewell County Board and the Tazewell County Board of Health. Through the most recent Tazewell County Solid Waste Plan, five areas of focus have been implemented. The Tazewell County Green Initiatives Program may provide incentive dollars to jump start community organizations and businesses to begin or expand recycling and composting.

Focus

The five areas of focus are:

  1. Food Waste Diversion: partnering with the GITM Foundation to promote food recovery and food scrap diversion to compost.
  2. Special Events: providing recycling and composting opportunities during community festivals.
  3. Multi-Family Dwellings: increasing the ability of residents of apartment complexes to recycle.
  4. Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional: providing opportunities for large scale recycling.
  5. Education and Awareness: increase education and public information about the need to recycle and compost.

The 2018 Tazewell County Resource Recovery and Management Plan is listed here 

More recycling opportunities are listed here.

2019 Waste Diversion Survey

2019 Waste Diversion Survey was sent and responses were received in April, May and June. N=236 respondents. 93.3% were from single family dwellings with 6.78 reported apartment complex residences. The following are the reports on the responses and barriers identified. Opportunities have been noted as possible “next steps” that can move us into strategies and action.

Findings:

Which Tazewell County Green Initiative Programs are you familiar with?

  • Recycling 78.39%
  • Composting 19.49%
  • Good Food Recovery 16.95%
  • None of the these 19.92%

What green initiative programs do you currently participate?

  • Recycling (curbside) 51.69%
  • Recycling (drop off) 38.98%
  • Composting (home) 21.19%
  • Composting (work) 10.59%
  • Good Food Recovery (GFR) (donor) 3.81%
  • GFR (recipient) .85%
  • GFR (runner) 0%
  • None of these 20.76%

How did you find out about any of these programs?

  • Fairs/festivals 2.26%
  • TV/radio 4.07%
  • Website 6.33%
  • Social Media 13.12%
  • Newspaper 34.84%
  • Word of Mouth 33.94%

What would help you to recycle more?

  • Access to curbside recycling 49.25%
  • Access to drop off centers 38.69%
  • More information 44.22%
  • How would you like to receive further information?
  • Fairs/festivals 2.50%
  • TV/radio 15.50%
  • Website 15.00%
  • Social Media 41.50%
  • Newspaper 9.50%
  • Personal contact (email/mailers) 16.00%

Barriers:

  • Limited access to curbside recycling
  • Limited access to recycling centers
  • Lack of information about recycling
  • Lack of time
  • Cost
  • Unsure of what and where to recycle
  • Recycling centers are sometimes full

Opportunities:

  • Greater number and access to electronic pickups, glass, tires, styrofoam
  • Greater number and access for toxins: paint, paint thinner, household chemicals, batteries, medical and needles.
  • More frequent pickups
  • Greater access to “ all in one” recycling for the above
  • One stop shop for accessing information on: location centers, times, what kind of recycling, how to recycle, where it is all going or ending up (info on impacts of landfill use and the environment), easy and safe composting at home, large item pick up (couches, etc).
  • Cost analysis of benefits vs. cost
  • Town Clean ups
  • Free toters and less cost

Tazewell County Green Hero

In cooperation with the goals of Illinois state Physical Activity and Nutrition Initiatives, Ending Hunger Together Collaborative, Peoria County' Resource Management plan and the TCHD Green Initiatives, the Tri County Green Hero Campaign is to feature those people, neighborhoods, businesses, schools, churches and organizations making a difference in Woodford, Tazewell and Peoria Counties in "Greening our Communities".

Goals

  1. To promote those entities making a difference in saving energy, improving the environment, providing healthy foods to people in need or diverting food waste for food recovery and composting.
  2. To encourage others to initiate green strategies for their places of work, churches, schools, neighborhoods and homes.
  3. To drive the community to healthyhoi.com in order to increase collaboration, education and awareness of issues impacting our health and communities.  

How to improve sustainability

Increase recycling efforts

Compost Food Scraps and other materials

Conduct a Food Recovery Project by donating healthy foods to local food pantries or soup kitchens

Conduct litter pick up drives in your neighborhood, parks, river

Implement water and energy savings initiatives

Create a wellness policy for dedicated improvements to health for employees and community

Provide a tobacco free environment for customers and residents

Purchase locally grown and made products to increase spending power and reduce transportation emissions

Campaign Partners:  WMBD, TCHD, WCHD, Peoria County Sustainability Department

recent winners

  • 2019

October - Sous Chef

November - Pekin Insurance.  Please check out this month's winner.

Pekin Insurance winner

Are you a green hero?

Tell us about your efforts and be recognized as a Tri County Green Hero or nominate someone else.  Nominations are accepted by the 15th of each month.  The nomination form is located here or you can contact Shanita Wallace at The Tazewell County Health Department for more information:  swallace@tchd.net