Recycling Sea of Change: Illinois Developing Consensus on Items ‘Accepted’ or ‘Not Accepted’

Recycling Sea Change: Illinois Developing Consensus on Items ‘Accepted’ or ‘Not Accepted’

  • Editor’s Note: This article, written by Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland, is the second of a three-part series on China’s National Sword legislation and its effects on recycling programs in Kane County. Got questions or concerns? Contact Jarland at at 630-208-3841 or recycle@countyofkane.org.

The impacts of China’s National Sword legislation and the shifting world of recycling have yet to hit Illinois in force, but to be sure, they are coming.

In response, a group of statewide stakeholders and experts have been convened into a Recycling Contamination Task Force, which includes representation from Illinois associations, agencies, haulers, Materials Recovery Facility operators, and county program coordinators.

I am a member of the task force, serving in my capacity as a board member of the Illinois Counties Solid Waste Management Association.

At our most recent meeting, the task force reviewed a detailed list of recyclable materials and arrived at consensus concerning which items would be “accepted” or “not accepted” for recycling statewide, with a couple of items being “accepted in some areas.”

The list looks nearly identical to the existing Kane County Recycling Guidelines.

LOST AND FOUND

Lost & Found Clip ArtThe Village of Maple Park has a lost and found. If you have lost something, check with us first; we may have it! If you found something, you are welcome to turn it in to the village office or the police department. Please call (815) 827-3309 for info.

Snow Plow Strategy

Snow Plow Strategy

Goal:  It is the goal of the Public Works Department to provide efficient service in the most cost-effective manner for the residents of Maple Park.

Responsibility:  The Public Works Department is responsible for the snow removal of approximately 8 miles of Village streets.  Removal from a snowfall of 3-5 inches takes approximately 2–6 hours, depending on several factors:Maple Park Logo

  • Time the snow began
  • Duration of snowfall
  • Type of snow – light/dry or wet/heavy
  • Temperature before and after snowfall
  • High winds – drifting
  • Available equipment
  • Available staff
  • Safety of the staff

Public Works will not plow or salt if they feel that the snow or ice will most likely melt within a few hours. This saves on overtime for staff and the cost of salt.

Staff/Equipment:  The Public Works Department has two full-time employees, one snowplow and a truck with a snow blade.  When warranted, the Village will contract the assistance of others.

Priorities:

  • First Priority – arterial streets (Main, Liberty, Broadway and DeKalb Avenue). Clearing these streets is necessary for the safe passage of Emergency Management vehicles.
  • Second Priority – intersections
  • Third Priority – side streets. Side streets are cleared in succession order as time permits.  Wind direction and drifting snow factor into the choice of which area of the Village is cleared first.

If snow falls over a long period, the Village may repeatedly return to priority one areas before clearing lesser-used areas.  Residents are asked to be patient in such situations.  Public Works will complete the job, but it may take longer than expected, depending on weather conditions.

Roads that are NOT maintained by the Village of Maple Park:

  • County Line Road – DeKalb County
  • Maple Park Road – Cortland Township

Responsibilities of the Residents:

  • All vehicles must be removed from the streets after 2 inches of snowfall.
  • Residents are responsible for clearing the snow around their mailboxes.
  • To avoid being plowed back in, residents may want to wait until Public Works has cleared your street before shoveling the end of your driveway.
  • Do a good deed for the community – please clear snow away from the fire hydrants. This provides quick access for firefighters and water maintenance workers in case of an emergency.

Just remember that Maple Park only has two people that plow the whole town. If you don’t see them, that does not mean they are not plowing. If you should have any questions regarding snow removal, please contact Lou Larson, Public Works Director, at 815-901-4980.

Safe Winter Driving Suggestions

We want you to stay safe under dangerous driving conditions. Snow, ice and darkness can be a scary combination while on the road. OSHA states that motor vehicle crashes cost employers $60 billion annually in medical care, legal expenses, property damage and lost productivity, which drive up the cost of benefits such as workers’ compensation, Social Security, and private health and disability insurance. According to OSHA, the average crash costs an employer $16,500, but when an employee is injured the average cost increases to $74,000, and costs can exceed $500,000 when a fatality is involved.Winter Driving Clip Art

 

Some Things to Remember While Driving in Winter Conditions

  • Adjust your speed and distance behind other vehicles for conditions.

  • Clear your windshield and windows to aid visibility.

  • Keep your windshield fluid reservoir filled with solvent good to -20°.

  • Clear snow from headlights and tail lights including high break light so others can see you.

  • Pump breaks only if vehicle does not have an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS).

*This article is from the inaugural edition of Risk Report, the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association (RMA) quarterly newsletter

Recycling Sea Change – written by Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland

Recycling Sea Change: Why China’s ‘National Sword’ Affects Kane County, USA

  • Editor’s Note: This article, written by Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland, is the first of a three-part series on China’s National Sword legislation and its effects on recycling programs in Kane County. Got questions or concerns? Contact Jarland at at 630-208-3841 or recycle@countyofkane.org.

You may have heard that China and other Southeast Asian countries are placing legislative restrictions on imports of American recycled materials. Why is this significant?

Because it directly affects what you can and can’t recycle here in Kane County, IL.

Taking a hard stance on recyclable imports is not a new position for Chinese officials, who started to inspect loads of scrap material coming into the country back in 2013.

Restrictions were put in place because such a high percentage of non-recyclable material was in the loads. Chinese officials did not want to receive America’s garbage along with our valuable recyclable commodities. Fair enough.

But since 2013, China has tightened regulations to the extreme.

In 2017, the National Sword legislation was introduced, calling for bans to some materials and hard-line quality enforcement on imports of post-consumer plastics, unsorted mixed paper, textiles and more. The allowable limit of contamination (non-recyclable material) in recyclables was set at .5 percent, a nearly unattainable number.

A policy document issued by the government also outlined a plan to stop importing material that could be recovered domestically.

Impact on American Recycling Programs

Material Recovery Facility operators are pushing for quality improvements by hiring more workers for the manual sort lines, installing new equipment or slowing the sort lines, and yet the volume of trash in the mix is overwhelming, and they struggle to keep up.

Mountains of material are piling up at the MRFs faster than they can process, bale and ship out.

Many cities have been forced to landfill some recyclable materials or make drastic changes to the materials that they accept in the recycling bins. Some have returned to a duel stream program that requires residents to separate paper and containers.

In addition, there have been serious financial implications. Revenues for commodity materials are in a slide, causing a loss for the nation’s largest publicly traded hauling and processing companies. This deficit is then corrected through higher fees to the recyclers, through municipal contracts.

Ultimately it will be the residents that will have to pay for the increased costs that result from contamination in the bins.

But don’t lose hope! We can clean up our act, and recycle right.

I am working with a statewide group to plan a massive outreach campaign on the dos and don’ts of recycling. You can help us make a big difference in how things turn out for recycling in Illinois.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

A public hearing before the Planning Commission of the Village of Maple Park, Kane and DeKalb Counties, Illinois, will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at 302 Willow Street to consider the update of the Zoning Ordinance of the Village of Maple Park with regards to the following:

  • Amending Approved Surfaces Definition 7-4-3
  • Amending Approved Surfaces Definition 11-9-3
  • Adopting a Solar Energy Ordinance

The proposed changes will be open for inspection at the Maple Park Village Hall, 302 Willow Street, Maple Park, Illinois, beginning on January 2, 2019. Persons wishing to appear at such hearing may do so in person or in writing. Communications in writing may be filed with the Village Clerk, or at the public hearing.

Civic Center Gym Continues to be Closed

Closed Sign Clip Art 1The gym in the Maple Park Civic Center Gym is closed until further notice. Staff has found a safety hazard and are working to address the issue as soon as possible.

Update:  12/21/18.  The gym will continue to be closed while we work with a structural engineer and our insurance company to formulate a plan to get this fixed.

Update:  12/31/18. The shoring up of the failed trusses in the gym began today. We are unsure of the timeline for this temporary fix. Once, that is completed, staff will begin the process of obtaining bids for the trusses to be replaced. The gym remains closed at this time.

Update:  1/3/19. The shoring up of the failed trusses has been completed. However, the gym remains closed until the permanent fix is completed.

Update: 1/24/19. The gym continues to be closed as staff gathers quotes to complete the replacement the failed trusses. The next update will be when we get quotes and decide which company to use.

ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE?

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Illinois’ residents may register online, in person at the office of the election authority, at Driver’s license facilities, with deputy registrars who are appointed in each jurisdiction, or via mail using the Illinois Voter Registration Application available in English and Spanish.

Maple Park residents can verify their voter registration status by visiting the website of the County in which you live.

  • If you live in DeKalb County, you can go to the DeKalb County Clerk’s Website at www.dekalb.il.electionconsole.com/voter-lookup.php. You will need the first name, last name and birth date of the person that you are looking up. If you find that the information is inaccurate, you will need to call the Clerk of the County in which you live. DeKalb County – (815) 895-7147.
  • If you live in Kane County you can go to the Kane County Clerk’s website at www.KaneCountyElections.org/VoterInfo/Search.aspx. You will need the last name house number and street name of the person you are looking up. If you find that the information is inaccurate, you will need to call the Clerk of the County in which you live. Kane County – (815) 630-232-5990.

In order to register to vote an individual MUST:

  • be a US Citizen, there is no waiting period for registration after the naturalization process.
  • be 18 years old on or before the next Election Day.
  • show two forms of identification, one containing their current Residential address.
  • not be convicted of a crime and serving time in jail (a person in jail and awaiting trial or on probation may register to vote).

Residence Defined:  A residential address is defined as a permanent dwelling, a place where a person actually lives (inhabits). No one may register from a place of business or office unless there is an area of residence contained in the facility. A person may not register from a hospital or mental health facility, but may register from a nursing home.

Proof of address may be in the following form(s) but not limited to:

  • Illinois Driver’s License or State I.D.
  • Any valid government issued form of identification, e.g. U.S. Passport, Firearm Owner’s I.D. card, student or employee I.D. card.
  • Current piece of mail (must contain a postmark within 30 days).
  • Current utility bill.
  • Pre-printed check.
  • Vehicle registration.
  • Lease or contract for a residence.

If you have questions you can call the following phone numbers for more information:

Maple Park Village Clerk – (815) 827-3309
DeKalb County Clerk – (815) 827-7147
Kane County Clerk – (630) 232-5990

Do your civic duty and vote!

The next election is Tuesday, April 2, 2019, and this is where you will be able to elect Trustees to the Village of Maple Park Board of Trustees.

AMERICA RECYCLES DAY IS EVERY DAY!

Celebrate by thinking outside the plastic bag.

Recycling plays a vital role in our communities –
it deserves more than one day of recognition each year. So let’s celebrate recycling with tips and tools to recycle right – today and every day.Plastic bags and bagged recyclables don’t belong in any residential recycling containers – they pose safety hazards for workers, contaminate other recyclables, and damage recycling equipment.  Today we are launching a new Think Outside the Plastic Bag’ campaign to help cities and residents recycle right without using plastic bags or bagging recyclables.Visit RORR.com/no-plastic-bags to download tools and resources to post on your website and share in resident e-newsletters.  Post our Get Started videos that show residents how easy it is to set up recycling in their homes without using plastic bags.  Visit Waste Management’s YouTube channel and share funny Billy and Teddy videos – those guys are most effective in helping everyone recycle right!Let’s continue to work together to keep both plastic bags and bagged recyclables out of all residential recycling containers.  Thank you as always for your business. Take these simple steps.

Recyle Often Recycle Right Logo Become a Recycling Ambassador

Share good recycling practices with others

Take-Back Options Clip Art Take-back options

Visit plasticfilmrecycling.org to find a drop-off location near you.

Reduce Clip Art Reduce

Avoid plastic bags by taking reusable bags when you shop.

Free your recyclables Clip Art Free your recyclables!

Never bag your recycling – empty items directly into your container.

Reuse Clip Art Reuse

Use plastic bags as trash liners in your garbage containers.

Collaborate and share Clip Art Collaborate and share!

It takes all of us working together to clean up recycling.

Visit RecycleOftenRecycleRight.com often and share with your employees and residents.

Let it Snow, Let it Snow…

Picture of a snow plowWith winter upon us, the Public Works Department would like to remind residents of the winter parking prohibitions. Please do not park along any village street during snow falls of two inches or more. Violators may be ticketed or towed. With your cooperation, this will help in getting the roads cleared as quickly as possible.

The Maple Park Village Code reads as follows:Snow Man

7-4-1-1: PARKING PROHIBITED AFTER SNOWFALL

A. It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle on any public street in the village at any time after a snowfall of two inches (2″) or more has occurred.
B. Any person, firm, partnership, corporation or association found violating the provisions of this section shall be subject to a fine for each violation of this section and may be subject to towing of said vehicle. The cost of said towing shall be the obligation and the expense of the vehicle owner. (Ord. 2013-05, 4-2-2013)