Got Flooding? Here’s How To Recycle, Dispose of Damaged Debris in Kane County

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With flooding gripping a large part of the Midwest and with a Flood Warning in effect through Monday, Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland has released updated information on how to properly dispose of flood-damaged debris.

In the latest editor of the Kane County Disaster Debris Management Guide, you’ll find valuable information ranging from how to find a waste hauler to what items you can reasonably recycle to how to get rid of construction debris and household hazardous waste.

“As we enter flood season again, I wanted to share this guide for waste disposal and recycling related to flood damage or other disasters affecting homes in Kane County,” Jarland said. “I created this in 2017 and updated it this week so it is good to go for the current flood season.”

Jarland asks Kane County residents to share with your networks and distribute as needed.

The following are some excerpts from the guide:

Kane County Disaster Debris Management Guide

Debris is often generated following a disaster such as a tornado, flood, storms or power outages.

Not all items may be discarded with garbage and trash. The management of these materials are described in this guide.

Individual property owners of the affected private property are responsible for separating and preparing all nonhazardous solid waste materials and residential recyclable material for pickup by a Kane County licensed municipal solid waste hauler.

It is recommended that recyclable materials such as metal, construction debris, and latex paint be separated and recycled whenever possible.

Household hazardous wastes and syringes should be separated and disposed of in a safe manner, either by special pick up or delivery to drop-off locations.

Large household appliances or “white goods”, electronics, tires and landscape waste are banned from landfills in Illinois and must be recycled.

Costs: Additional fees may be charged for special pickup or drop-off services. Residents should always call a service, drop-off location or facility directly to confirm the cost of disposal, acceptable items and hours or other restrictions.

Safety: The sorting of debris should be handled in a safe manner and personal protective clothing and equipment should be used, for example, disposable protective suits, gloves, eye protection, and face masks (i.e. dust or N95 mask).

Store all waste away from water wells and prevent vehicles and heavy equipment from driving or parking over any portion of a septic system.

Please be patient as clean-up efforts may take time. Collectively, residents and waste haulers can prepare and manage the debris in an orderly and safe way for recycling and disposal while protecting public health.

*Article Credit – Kane County Connects