Kids program: Watershed Down StoryMakers

In our Watershed Down StoryMakers program, participants add their own ideas and roll a few dice to invent pieces of each adventure, as we explore the sometimes hidden and sometimes magical world that only our water knows.

This program is geared toward ages 7 to 12. Programs are expected to last 20 to 25 minutes, and pre-registration is required for live participation.

Required: internet access to Zoom meetings, with a recommended bandwidth of 1.5 Mbps (minimum 600 Kbps)

Optional: dice

Access: a Zoom link will be emailed to all registered participants.

REGISTER HERE!

Kids program: The Wonder Ears Book Club

At each meeting of “The Wonder Ears Book Club”, children are asked to ponder a question or two before listening to the day’s reading. After the reading concludes, each participant is invited to send us their thoughts, ideas, and questions.

This program is geared toward ages 5 to 12. Programs are expected to last 20 to 25 minutes, and pre-registration is required for live participation.

Required: internet access to Zoom meetings, with a recommended bandwidth of 1.5 Mbps (minimum 600 Kbps)

Access: a Zoom link will be emailed to all registered participants.

REGISTER HERE!

Kids program: Watershed Down StoryMakers

In our Watershed Down StoryMakers program, participants add their own ideas and roll a few dice to invent pieces of each adventure, as we explore the sometimes hidden and sometimes magical world that only our water knows.

This program is geared toward ages 7 to 12. Programs are expected to last 20 to 25 minutes, and pre-registration is required for live participation.

Required: internet access to Zoom meetings, with a recommended bandwidth of 1.5 Mbps (minimum 600 Kbps)

Optional: dice

Access: a Zoom link will be emailed to all registered participants.

REGISTER HERE!

Virtual Yard Smart Garden Walk

Join us for a Virtual Yard Smart Garden Walk!

Given current social-distancing requirements and out of an abundance of caution for our community members, we are not holding our annual Yard Smart Garden Walk in person. However, we don’t want to miss an opportunity to talk about why Yard Smart gardening practices are so important for our environment, so we are going to try something a little different!

The event will last about an hour, with an introduction on the Yard Smart program from EAC Assistant Director Larissa Armstrong, a video tour of multiple gardens in our community including the Refuge Food Forest, the West Bloomington Bee Garden, and the former Dean of Green, Don Schmidt’s garden in Secor, Illinois.  We will also feature a short presentation on mowing techniques by David Lamb, Assistant Superintendent of Parks for the City of Bloomington and Jeff Hindman, a City Horticulturalist.

We will end the event with a short panel discussion with Larissa Armstrong from the EAC, Jeff Hindman from the City of Bloomington, and Sherrie Snyder with Illinois Prairie Wild Ones to answer attendee questions about different Yard Smart techniques and their benefits.

Register to join us on Zoom! (if you wish to participate and ask questions) or watch for the live broadcast on our Facebook Page.

Tell your friends, and we hope to “see” you there!

Kids program: The Wonder Ears Book Club

At each meeting of “The Wonder Ears Book Club”, children are asked to ponder a question or two before listening to the day’s reading. After the reading concludes, each participant is invited to send us their thoughts, ideas, and questions.

This program is geared toward ages 5 to 12. Programs are expected to last 20 to 25 minutes, and pre-registration is required for live participation.

Required: internet access to Zoom meetings, with a recommended bandwidth of 1.5 Mbps (minimum 600 Kbps)

Access: a Zoom link will be emailed to all registered participants.

REGISTER HERE!

Kids program: Watershed Down StoryMakers

In our Watershed Down StoryMakers program, participants add their own ideas and roll a few dice to invent pieces of each adventure, as we explore the sometimes hidden and sometimes magical world that only our water knows.

This program is geared toward ages 7 to 12. Programs are expected to last 20 to 25 minutes, and pre-registration is required for live participation.

Required: internet access to Zoom meetings, with a recommended bandwidth of 1.5 Mbps (minimum 600 Kbps)

Optional: dice

Access: a Zoom link will be emailed to all registered participants.

REGISTER HERE!

Kids program: The Wonder Ears Book Club

At each meeting of “The Wonder Ears Book Club”, children are asked to ponder a question or two before listening to the day’s reading. After the reading concludes, each participant is invited to send us their thoughts, ideas, and questions.

This program is geared toward ages 5 to 12. Programs are expected to last 20 to 25 minutes, and pre-registration is required for live participation.

Required: internet access to Zoom meetings, with a recommended bandwidth of 1.5 Mbps (minimum 600 Kbps)

Access: a Zoom link will be emailed to all registered participants.

REGISTER HERE!

McLean County Waste Rates Converging: 2019 recycling rate dips slightly while waste landfilled continues to decrease

PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release July 13, 2020
Contact:
Michael Brown 309-454-3169 x.11

McLean County’s recycling rate stayed relatively steady from 2018 to 2019 with only a 1.4% decline. The Ecology Action Center’s annual calculation of community-wide waste generation and recycling shows that the County reached a recycling rate of 45.74%, dropping from the all-time high of 46.44%. As a result, the County maintained progress towards the new community-wide recycling rate goal of 50% set in 2017 under the new 20-year solid waste management plan.  No single category of recyclable materials saw significant fluctuations from the year prior, while there were minor fluctuations across the board in all material streams.

  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Total MSW Recycled (tons)  73,833 85,196 81,302 83,335 88,459 94,804 88,330
Total MSW Landfilled (tons) 121,991 141,068 154,662 120,815 124,364 109,467 104,772
Total Municipal Solid Waste Generated (tons) 195,824 226,264 235,964 204,150 211,230 204,271 193,102
Percent Change from Previous Year 6.96% 15.54% 4.29% -13.48% 3.47% -3.29% -5.47%
Recycling Rate 37.70% 37.65% 34.46% 40.82% 41.88% 46.41% 45.74%
Percent Change from Previous Year 3.43% -0.13% -8.49% 18.47% 2.59% 10.82% -1.44%

With the closure of the McLean County Landfill in late 2018, the Ecology Action Center continues to focus on waste management priorities as outlined in the Twenty-Year Materials Recovery and Resource Management Plan for McLean County, Bloomington, and Normal, Illinois. This includes diversion strategies for waste that would otherwise require landfill disposal further away from the source of origin.  The impact of the new multifamily recycling ordinance in Normal was undetermined as of yet with only a partial year of the program activity.

McLean County waste rates are converging

The Ecology Action Center annually collects waste and recycling data to calculate the amount of municipal solid waste generated and recycled for all of McLean County as a lagging indicator of the impact of local recycling and outreach programs.  Among other services, the EAC acts as the solid waste agency for Bloomington, Normal, and McLean County and provides technical assistance, recycling promotion, household hazardous waste coordination, education and outreach.

Information on residential recycling, recycling of nontraditional materials, and information on disposal of household hazardous wastes is available by calling (309) 454-3169 or visiting ecologyactioncenter.org.  Find comprehensive online listings for recycling and waste disposal at RecycleBN.org.