Bloomington Aldermen Adopt Solid Waste Plan
Post Date:02/27/2018 12:24 PM
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BLOOMINGTON, IL - The Bloomington City Council unanimously approved a 20-year plan for solid waste Monday. The City joins McLean County and the Town of Normal in approving the plan. The three governments hired the Ecology Action Center in Normal, Illinois to prepare the plan, which is called "Twenty-Year Materials Recovery and Resource Management Plan for McLean County, Bloomington, and Normal, Illinois." The following is an excerpt from the Executive Summary of the plan, which highlights the plan's goals and objectives. The entire plan is available online at: www.cityblm.org/government/departments/public-works/master-plans.
"The Ecology Action Center, as the designated solid waste agency for McLean County, Bloomington, and Normal, coordinated the two-year process to create a new solid waste plan and will be responsible for its implementation. EAC staff created focus groups representing waste haulers, recyclers, institutions, local governments, businesses, and other entities to explore the known challenges facing solid waste management currently, anticipate future challenges, and brainstorm solutions.
The result is an assertive plan with a strong emphasis on addressing existing gaps in recycling and waste services in McLean County and prioritizing six core strategies that will have the greatest impact on reducing waste and increasing recycling. Implementation should be managed to achieve the maximum net positive economic impact. This may mean the most cost-effective option, or in the best-case scenario, the option that creates revenue and funding opportunities, either to support waste programs or encourage development of local or regional recycling industry.
A strong adherence to the solid waste hierarchy, prioritizing the highest value use of materials over lowest value use is inherent in this new plan. The hierarchy starts with waste prevention, the most beneficial, followed by waste reduction, reuse, recycling (including composting as a process for recycling of organic materials), energy recovery processes (which includes the spectrum of waste-to-energy processes ranging from anaerobic digesters through incineration), and finally ends with disposal in a landfill, which has no specific environmental or economic growth benefit."