Waste Management & Recycling in the NW Suburbs: Planning & Call for Public Input

Interested in and/or concerned about garbage, recycling and other solid waste issues in the North and Northwest suburbs of Chicago in Cook County? Who isn’t, really? (The alternative is letting our waste pile up in our alleys and driveways, after all.)

The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County will conduct a series of informational meetings in early September. SWANCC is a nonprofit intergovernmental agency comprised of 23 member communities that provides residents with programs to recycle special materials; conducts waste and recycling education and outreach; and owns the Glenview Transfer Station, where waste is delivered before going to a landfill.

Garbage truck bound for the Glenview Transfer Station (source: Chicago Public Media)

Garbage truck bound for the Glenview Transfer Station (source: Chicago Public Media)

The agency is updating its Solid Waste Management Plan to guide it and its member towns in future waste management practices. As part of this process, the agency is seeking input from elected officials, municipal staff and the public. The meetings are as scheduled:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 10th, 2 to 4 p.m. at Oakton Community College’s Skokie campus, Room P104, 7701 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie
  • Wednesday, Sept. 11th, 5 to 7 p.m. at the college’s Des Plaines campus, Room 1606, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines
  • Thursday, Sept. 12th, 7 to 9 p.m. at Arlington Heights Village Hall Board Room, 33 S. Arlington Heights Road

For more information about these meetings, call (847) 724-9205 or visit swancc.org.

Somewhat curiously, the Village of Schaumburg does not belong to SWANCC, despite being in cook County and utilizing Republic Services for its refuse/recycling services, as noted here on the Village website. Several other of the 23 communities that belong to SWANCC use Republic for garbage and/or recycling services.

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