Upcoming Sustainability Event: Grow Native! Workshop
Attend the Grow Native! Workshop 'Native by Design: Purposeful Landscapes for Monarchs and Pollinators for your Yard or Land' on March 10, 2017 in Edwardsville. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Chip Taylor—founder and director of Monarch Watch and five local speakers. Deadline for registration is March 2, 2017. Last year's event was a sellout with over 300 attendees, be sure to register early! Learn more by viewing the flyer here.
Madison County Sustainability and Recycling Support
Where can I recycle the following?
Drop-off stations can be found in the following locations:
- Alton: 1 Emma Kaus Lane, Past the Public Works building, behind the Maintenance Center and before Police Department Training Center
- Edwardsville: 2500 Troy Road, Home Depot parking lot. NOTE: This container is not available on weekends
- Granite City: 25th Street at intersection with railroad tracks, Right next to railroad tracks
- Hamel: 403 Old US Route 66, Located at the Township maintenance shed and Hamel Community Fire Protection District Office
- Marine: 4303 Marine Road, Off Leopold, behind Marine Township Highway Garage, just past Vernon
- Maryville: 8 Schiber Court, Off Vadalabene, behind Boogie’s by Drost Park, Public Works Department and Community Library
- New Douglas: 8363 East Frontage Road, Across I-55 from the Pink Elephant Antique Mall, off Alhambra Road
An interactive map of the recycling drop-off locations can be found here – GIS Viewer
Household hazardous waste: For items such as chemicals, cleaners, gasoline, oil, latex and oil-based paint, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs (including compact fluorescent lightbulbs, electronics and appliances not accepted in curbside bins refer to our Madison County Recycling Resource List.
Unused Medications: Click here for a list of locations.
Christmas Trees: Click here for a list of locations that offer seasonal Christmas tree drop-offs for residents.
Other items not listed: If you are unable to find information on the items you wish to recycle listed on the Madison County Recycling Resource List, try Earth 911’s searchable database to find the nearest collection location.
What materials can I recycle through curbside service?
Curbside Service: Materials accepted in curbside bins vary depending on the hauler. For residents whose recycling srevices are provided by Republic/Allied Waste, a PDF of accepted materials can be found here.
Other recycling questions? Contact the Planning & Development Department at 618.296.4468 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About Madison County Sustainability
What is the purpose of Madison County Sustainability and Recycling?
The purpose of the sustainability and recycling program is to improve quality of life for Madison County residents, businesses, schools, and local governments through programs that foster healthy, resilient, connected communities.
Madison County is a regional leader in sustainability and recycling initiatives. Our innovative programs have received great success in recent years and we continue to build on each.
The sustainability and recycling program serves Madison County communities through a wide range of programs that promote wise use of resources and awareness of sustainability-related issues and options. These programs result in healthier communities, reduced waste, and cost savings for all members of the county and metro-east region. Sustainability programs help residents make informed choices that contribute to a greater quality of life for those who live and work in Madison County and serve to attract an increased number of potential new residents and businesses.
Sustainability is defined as meeting our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It encompasses concepts such as resource stewardship, supporting the local economy, and creating livable communities. In short, sustainable communities are resilient, healthy, and connected communities.
Madison County Sustainability & Recycling Initiatives
How does Madison County manage solid waste?
State and local laws mandate that a minimum of 25% of the entire solid waste stream be recycled. To satisfy these mandates, Madison County Planning & Development manages solid waste disposal and supplementary options such as recycling and composting in the county.
Today more than 35% of all household trash in Madison County is recycled, while the state’s rate is about 37%. Within Madison County government buildings, more than 85% of waste is recycled. These numbers continue to increase as the county works toward a goal of zero waste in the future.
Not only does recycling divert materials out of the landfills, thereby helping Madison County meet the state mandated 25% diversion rate, it also promotes jobs in our county and provides commerce.
Primary functions of Sustainability and Recycling’s solid waste management include:
Curbside Recycling Bins for County Residents & Schools: The 1996 Madison County Residential Recycling Ordinance requires County residents to recycle. The recycling is collected in totes provided by the resident’s waste hauling service, or via a free bin provided by Madison County to the municipality or contracted waste hauler. Totes are also provided to Madison County schools for assistance with their recycling efforts.
Waste & Recycling Haulers: Managing the issuance and enforcement of certifications for county waste and recycling haulers.
County-wide Recycling Drop-off Locations: The department funds seven drop-off recycling stations throughout Madison County so that residents without curbside recycling have a place to take their recyclable materials.Recycling Resources & Hotline: Resources regarding how to safely and properly dispose of items not accepted in the curbside or drop-off bins.
Medication Collection and Recycling: Old and unused medications are collected and recycled to protect water quality and preserve public safety. With the assistance of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, the Planning & Development Department funds collection and recycling of medications at local police departments.
Community Clean-ups & Collections: Special free recycling events reduce the problem of illegal and roadside dumping within the county. These include community clean-ups, disposal of electronic waste and tires, and Christmas trees, among others.
Pumpkin Purge Community Composting Program: Part of a state-wide initiative, the pumpkin composting program provides an opportunity to drop off old pumpkins and gourds for composting which, in turn, keeps them out of local landfills.
“I know the community is very appreciative of having a way to dispose of their large items and electronics. I am grateful that Madison County Planning and Development has been so helpful both this year and in years past with these clean up events. It would be very difficult to do it without their assistance.”
- Fort Russell Township Highway Commissioner, Todd Shaw
Support for Madison County Communities
How does Sustainability and Recycling support local communities?
Sustainability Grants: Supports units of local government with sustainability objectives including solid waste management, air quality initiatives, energy efficiencies, smart growth, and stormwater projects. Find out more about the 2016 Grant Recipients by clicking here.
FY 2017 Sustainability Grant RFPs are now open. Proposals are due Wednesday, February 15 at 4:30 PM. Click here for a copy of the RFP.
Green Cities Challenge: Sponsors local municipalities’ participation in the Green Cities Challenge to foster incorporation of sustainable policies and practices within local government operations. In 2015, Alton and Highland participated, while in 2016, Granite City joined the two other communities.
“Of the six regional cities that participated in the second year of the Green Cities Challenge, all three Illinois participants were from Madison County. This makes a profound statement regarding Madison County as a regional leader for sustainability work,” noted Missouri Botanical Garden’s Jean Ponzi, who co-manages the Green Business Challenge. “We are very grateful to Madison County Government and the participating Metro East communities. They have made so many amazing contributions to the program, which benefits the entire region.”
Internship Program: Works with local Universities to provide ongoing education in a real-world setting.
Public Outreach & Engagement: Providing additional information on a wide range of planning and sustainability issues allows residents to understand and address issues within their own neighborhoods and take part in land use processes. Several educational formats exist including:
Public Presentations: Planning & Development staff are available to provide talks to local schools, clubs and organizations.
Newsletters & Informational Handouts: A department-wide Monthly Report along with other informational fliers, brochures, and newsletters convey timely information about events, programs and statistics provided by the department. To see past reports, click here. To be added to the recipient list for updates contact email@example.com.
Social Media/Sustainable Madison County Facebook Page: Regular updates keep residents informed about local, national, and global sustainability initiatives.
Local Events: Providing support, planning, and participation in a number of regional and state-wide events.
Air & Health Forum: An annual sustainability-themed dialogue focusing on the connection between obesity, nutrition, air quality and the environment, aimed to engage the community in local and healthy options and solutions.
Green Schools Program
How does Sustainability and Recycling support quality of life for students and children?
The award-winning Green Schools Program supports over 80 public, private and parochial schools within the county and impacting over 26,000 students to create healthy, safe, resource-efficient schools that educate sustainability-literate citizens. To find out more about the Madison County Green-Schools Program, click here.
Long-term Sustainability Planning
How is Madison County planning for the future?
Madison County Planning and Development is completing a county-wide sustainability plan that addresses best management practices ranging from air quality, to ecological health, to growth of sustainable businesses.
How does Madison County practice sustainability within its own organization?
Sustainability and Recycling works in cooperation with other county departments to provide a variety of wise use initiatives including:
County Building Recycling: Numerous options exist for staff to recycle an assortment of materials used in day to day operations. There are also opportunities for the public to drop off materials such as cell phones, eye glasses and shoes. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
St. Louis Green Business Challenge & County Green Team: The Madison County Green Team was started as part of the St. Louis Regional Green Business Challenge and includes representatives from multiple county departments. The team continues to develop the in-house sustainability strategy including improvements to the County’s ongoing recycling efforts, options for energy efficiency, a green purchasing policy, and general resource management that will save both money and meet sustainable objectives.
157 N. Main Street, Suite 254
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Green Schools Coordinator
157 N. Main Street, Suite 254
Edwardsville, IL 62025