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Recycling and Conservation: Resource Management Plan Update

Peoria County adopted a Solid Waste Management Plan in 1991 to meet the regulations as adopted in the State's Solid Waste Planning and Recycling Act.  It is the purpose of this Act to provide incentives for decreased generation of municipal waste, to require certain counties to develop comprehensive waste management plans that place substantial emphasis on recycling and other alternatives to landfills, to encourage municipal recycling and source reduction, and to promote composting of yard waste.

As we plan for the next 20 years of how to manage our wastes generated by residents, businesses, and industrial processes.  A substantial portion of our "waste" is considered a resource as metals, plastics, paper and plastics can be recycled into new feedstock reducing the need to unnecessarily use our natural resources for virgin feedstock. 

An Ad-Hoc Advisory Committee representing many of the stakeholders has been selected to provide expertise in compiling a resource management plan to educate and raise awareness and encourage programs to reduce, reuse, and recycle.  View the Advisory Committee members here.


March 2013 - Ad Hoc Advisory Committee established
April 2013 - Initial Advisory Cmte meeting
May 2013 - December 2014 Advisory Cmte Meetings
January 2015- Public presentation and feedback of draft Resource Management Plan
January 2, 2015 - February 2, 2015 - Public Comment session.   Send comments to 
February 2015 -  finalize Resource Management Plan document for adoption
February 23, 2015 -  Health & Public Safety and Justice Committee
March 12, 2015 - Resource Management Plan adoption


Public Meetings and Public Comments

Citizens will be able to attend public meetings to learn more about the Resource Management Plan goals to prevent and reduce waste materials to air, water and land.  

Public meetings will be held:

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 6pm - ICC North Campus, Arbor Hall Auditorium, 5407 N University, Peoria

     Wednesday, January 21, 2015 10am - Peoria Public Library Downtown Branch, 107 NE Monroe St, Peoria

     Wednesday, January 21, 2015 3pm - Dunlap Public Library, 302 North 1st St, Dunlap

Public comments may be submitted to  or mailed to:  Peoria County; Sustainability & Resource Conservation Office; 3116 N Dries Lane, Suite 200; Peoria IL  61604

Public comment guidelines:

Comments must be postmarked, electronically submitted or delivered in person by 5 p.m. Monday, February 2, 2015 (the last day of the comment period).  Comments received after the comment period will be identified as a "Late Comment."

Clearly indicate if you are for or against the plan or some part of it and why. Advisory Committee members look for reasoning, logic, and good science in comments they evaluate.

Include a copy of articles or other references that support your comments.  Only relevant material should be submitted.

If an article or reference is in a foreign language, it must be accompanied by an English translation verified to be accurate. Translations should be accompanied by a copy of the original publication.

To protect privacy, delete names or other information that would identify persons.

When a comment is received, it is placed in a file for the Resource Management Plan then becomes a public record and is available for anyone to examine.

NEW  Revisions Sheet

On February 12, the Advisory Committee met to discuss the written comments submitted and collaborated on what issues to include in the plan.  You can find the revisions here. 

Click here to view the written public comments submitted.  

Peoria County Resource Management Plan (Committee Version) is divided into 3 groups for faster download time.

Resource Management Plan - Committee Final Version:  Section 1: Executive Summary and Goals and Objectives.

Resource Management Plan - Committee Final Version: Section 2: Background Information

Resource Management Plan - Committee Final Version: Section 3: Appendix


Peoria County Resource Management Plan (DRAFT) is divided into groups for faster download time.

Resource Management Plan (DRAFT) - Section 1:  Executive Summary

Resource Management Plan (DRAFT) - Section 2:  Goals and Strategies

Cheat sheet on Strategies and Goals.  Learn more about the 6 strategies and 37 goals outlined in the plan.

Resource Management Plan (DRAFT) - Section 3:  Program Background

Resource Management Plan (DRAFT) - Section 4:  Best Practices

Resource Management Plan (DRAFT) - Section 5:  Appendices


If links do not work, see Information Library (Plan Advisory Cmte folder).


NOTE:  all documents are for background information and review.  These documents are DRAFTS until the final plan version is presented to the County Board for adoption. 


Peoria County Waste Generation DRAFT


Agenda October 8, 2013

DRAFT Executive Summary and Plan Strategy


Agenda September 3, 2013

Construction & Demolition background - September 2013

Hazardous Waste Background - September 2013

Medical Waste Background - September 2013


Agenda August 15, 2013

Commercial Recycling Implementation - August 2013

Commercial Recycling Profiles - August 2013

County Management Options - August 2013

County Solid Waste Fund - August 2013

Meeting Powerpoint - August 2013


Agenda July 11, 2013

Pay As You Throw - July 2013

Multi-Family Programs - July 2013

Meeting Powerpoint - July 2013


Agenda June 6 2013

Key Issues identified April 2013

Communication Strategy - June 2013

Program and Facility Background - June 2013

Zero Waste - June 2013

Organics Profile - June 2013

Meeting Powerpoint - June 2013


Agenda April 24, 2013

Kick-off Powerpoint - April 2013


Illinois Task Force on the Advancement of Materials Recycling

The Illinois Task Force on the Advancement of Materials Recycling was formed after Governor Quinn signed HB 4986 establishing the Task Force for the purpose of reviewing recycling and solid waste management planning in Illinois. Task Force appointees began meeting in June 2013 to analyze recycling and waste management policies, initiatives and funding in Illinois. They are required to report their findings and recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly in early 2015.

The Plan can be viewed here

The task force's work includes a review of:

* County recycling and waste management planning

* Current and potential policies and initiatives in Illinois for waste
   reduction, recycling, composting and reuse

* Funding for State and local oversight and regulation of recycling activities

* Funding for State and local support of projects that advance solid waste reduction

* The proper management of household hazardous waste

The review also includes an evaluation of the extent to which materials with economic value are lost to landfills, and the group is expected to recommend ways to maximize the productive use of waste materials through materials recycling and composting. The task force will prepare a report that summarizes its work and makes recommendations resulting from its study.


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