Over the last few decades, the amount of municipal solid waste (garbage) sent to landfills has changed significantly. Solid waste generation per person per day peaked in 2000. In 2014, each person created 4.4 pounds of garbage per day, which is one of the lowest rates since before 1990.

Tazewell County created a 20-year solid waste plan in 1991 to comply with federal and state laws and regulations. Every five years, this plan must be updated. Tazewell County's planning process is structured to provide opportunities for stakeholder engagement by facilitating citizen and local governmental input for the process of solid waste management.

Meetings will be hosted throughout the county to allow as much public input, as possible.

Upcoming dates and locations will be:

June 22 at East Peoria FOLEPI Building from 6:30 – 8:00 pm

June 23 at South Pekin Firehouse from 1:00 – 3:00 pm

June 29 at Morton Library from 6:30 – 8:00 pm

June 30 at Hopedale Village Community Room from 1:00 – 3:00 pm

 “Tazewell County wants citizens’ input for progressive and innovative ways to divert waste from our landfill,” states Greg Sinn, Tazewell County Health Services Committee Chair. “Recycling, source reduction and reuse are three common ways to reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill.”

For more information, contact Ev Neavear at 309-925-5511, ext. 250.