The Ecology Action Center’s public-private partnership for an upcoming Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event is making great progress. With 81% of the $180,000 goal met, the EAC decided to move forward with an October HHW event for McLean County residents.
The event will be held on Saturday, October 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mitsubishi Motors North America, located at 100 N. Mitsubishi Motorway in Normal. Participation will be limited to McLean County residents. Illinois regulations mandate that only residential HHW may be collected—no business or commercially generated wastes can be accepted.
In the past, state-sponsored HHW collections were a legal, safe, and reliable way of disposing of HHW in Illinois, but budget cuts resulted in the loss of state funding for five years. In 2012, the EAC decided that the community needed to take matters into its own hands. They developed a public-private partnership to cover the costs of holding a one-day collection. The unprecedented turnout at that event led local government partners to increase support for the 2015 collection. HHW collections are expensive; this year’s will cost $180,000. The City of Bloomington, Town of Normal, and McLean County have provided $140,000. Private donations and sponsorships have contributed an additional $5,000. Current sponsors and event partners include Home Sweet Home Ministries, Midwest Fiber, WGLT, McLean County Health Department, and McLean County Regional Planning Commission.
The Ecology Action Center needs support from private individuals to make this a success. Donations to the McLean County HHW Fund may be made online at HHWmclean.org or by sending a check to the Ecology Action Center at 202 W College Avenue, Normal, IL 61761. The EAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; contributions and sponsorships are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. Fundraising efforts will continue through the date of the HHW collection.
More details including what materials can and cannot be accepted at this event are available in the event listing. Volunteers are needed to help with traffic control at the event; signup is also available online.