Who We Are: EECBG/Land Use- RRE
Resource Recovery and Energy
The Will County Land Use Department's Resource Recovery and Energy Division (RR&E) was known as the Waste Services Division until September 2010. In honor of the expansion of environmental education programs and the groundbreaking of the County landfill's Gas-to-Energy facility, the division name was changed. For more than a decade, the division was funded primarily through Illinois EPA grants for enforcement and revenue from the landfills in the County; Through July 2012, the division received US Department of Energy EECBG funds to improve the energy efficiency of County buildings and to educate the public on ways to save energy, natural resources and money.
Resource Recovery and Energy is a division in the Land Use Department, consisting of a Director, a Recycling Specialist, an Environmental Educator, Enforcement Officers, a Secretary, and a part time Clerical Grant Assistant. RR&E enforces ordinances controling burning, dump sites,and landfills. In addition, RR&E supplies the public with information regarding curbside recycling, recycling education, attend and host green events, provide special collection events, assist municipalities and townships with curbside collection contracts and drop-off sites, help schools expand their waste reduction and recycling efforts, work with businesses to improve their recycling and save operating cost by incorporating green practices.
Illinois requires every county to create and adhere to a solid waste plan. The plan is updated with input from the public every five years. RR&E Division is tasked with collecting and reporting recycling and waste generation data annually to the Illinois EPA (IEPA). Will County is an IEPA delegated county, meaning that the IEPA authorizes Will County to respond to issues of illegal dumping and illegal burning, as well as conduct permitted site inspections by the enforcement staff of the division.
Residents will be proud to know that the employees of this division are dedicated to the mission of the Land Use department. Several of the group are long-term and experienced employees of the County, additionally, many of them have significant career achievements: The Director is a past President of the Illinois Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America; a Senior Enforcement Officer was President of the Illinois County Solid Waste Management Association; another Senior Enforcement Officer holds a license as an Environmental Health Practitioner; Our Waste Analyist holds licenses from the Illinois Department of Public Health as an Asbestos Building Inspector and Air Sampling Professional. The Recycling Specialist is the current President of the Illinois Recycling Association and the Environmental Educator is a past Illinois Recycling Association Educator of the Year Award recipient. Our Part Time Grant Clerical Assistant is an active member of the Will County business community and a state of Illinois Real Estate Managing Broker. Our division secretary acts as a Land Use Department Certified Translator, and is bi-lingual in Spanish and English.
Please check out the links below to find more information on environmental enforcement.
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.Safeguards environmental quality so as to protect health, welfare, property and the quality of life.
IEPA Permitted Facilities. The facilities on this listing accept Potentially Infectious Medical Waste.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Solid Waste. The Office of Solid Waste (OSW) regulates all this waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
Illinois Pollution Control Board. This agency works to control pollution and restore the environment.
Pollution Control Facility Siting Ordinance PDF
CCDD Fee Ordinance