Madison County Offers Christmas Tree Recycling
In coordination with Madison County Planning and Development’s Resource Management Program, townships and municipalities throughout Madison County will provide 28 drop-off sites for residents. Trees will be accepted from Wednesday, December 26th through Monday, January 14th, 2019. As trees will be chipped for mulch, all lights and ornaments must be removed prior to drop-off. Pine wreaths, pine roping, or other landscape waste is prohibited. Click here for a complete list of drop off locations.
Environmental Program Grant Applications Now Available
The Environmental Grant Program provides up to $15,000 of reimbursement funding to units of local government for solid waste management, air quality initiatives, energy efficiencies, smart growth, and stormwater projects, with a goal of promoting best management practices within Madison County. Applications are due by 4:30 PM, Friday, January 11, 2019. For further details and a copy of the application, click here. NEW! Submit your application online here.
Madison County Recycling and Resource Management
Where can I recycle the following?Basic materials: For those who do not have access to curbside recycling services, items such as paper, glass, plastics, and metals can be recycled in drop-off stations.
Drop-off stations can be found in the following locations:
- Alton: 1619 Homer Adams Parkway, Lowes Parking lot near the outdoor sheds, serviced Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
- Edwardsville: 2500 Troy Road, Home Depot parking lot, serviced Monday through Friday. NOTE: This container is not available on weekends.
- Granite City: 815 25th Street at intersection with railroad tracks, serviced Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
- Hamel: 403 Old US Route 66, Located at the Township maintenance shed and Hamel Community Fire Protection District Office, serviced Mondays and Fridays.
- Marine: 4303 Marine Road, Off Leopold, behind Marine Township Highway Garage, just past Vernon, serviced Mondays and Fridays.
- Maryville: 8 Schiber Court, Off Vadalabene, behind Boogie’s by Drost Park, Public Works Department and Community Library, serviced as needed.
- New Douglas: 8363 East Frontage Road, Across I-55 from the Pink Elephant Antique Mall, off Alhambra Road, serviced Tuesdays.
Plastic Bags and Wraps: Click here to visit the drop-off directory at Plastic Film Recycling.org.
Christmas Trees: Click here for a list of locations that offer seasonal Christmas tree drop-offs for residents.
Household Hazardous Waste: click here for information on Madison County's next HHW collection.
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.
About Madison County Recycling and Resource Management
What is the purpose of Madison County Recycling and Resource Management?
The purpose of the recycling and resource management 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 recycling and resource management initiatives. Our innovative programs have received great success in recent years and we continue to build on each.
The program serves Madison County communities through a wide range of strategies that promote wise use of resources and awareness of solid waste-related issues and options. These practices result in healthier communities, reduced waste, and cost savings for all members of the county and metro-east region. This approach helps 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.
Madison County Recycling and Resource Management 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 Recycling and Resource Management initiatives 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 Recycling and Resource Management support local communities?
Resource Management Grants: Supports units of local government with solid waste management, air quality initiatives, energy efficiencies, smart growth, and stormwater projects. Find out more about the 2016 Grant Recipients by clicking here.
Green Cities Challenge: Sponsors local municipalities’ participation in the Green Cities Challenge to foster incorporation of thoughtful policies and practices within local government operations. In 2015, Alton and Highland participated, while in 2016, Granite City joined the two other communities. In 2017, Madison County is sponsoring seven communities in the challenge, including Alton, Highland, Granite City, Glen Carbon, Troy, Godfrey, and Edwardsville.
“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 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 Recycling and Resource Management Coordinator Kim Petzing at 618-296-4319.
- Local Events: Providing support, planning, and participation in a number of regional and state-wide events.
- Air & Health Forum: An annual health and wellness-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.
Resource Education Program
How does Recycling and Resource Management support quality of life for students and children?
The award-winning Resource Education Program supports over 80 public, private and parochial schools within the county and impacts over 26,000 students to create resource-efficient schools that educate students about maintaining and promoting a healthy community. To find out more about the Madison County Resource Education Program, click here.
How is Madison County planning for the future?
Madison County Planning and Development is completing a county-wide resource management plan that addresses best management practices ranging from air quality, to ecological health, to growth of green businesses.
Intra-government Resource Management
How does Madison County practice recycling and resource management within its own organization?
Recycling and Resource Management 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 Recycling and Resource Management at (618) 296-4319. Click here to view the visual guide to Madison County building recycling.
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 resource management 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 objectives.
Resource Management Coordinator
Phone: (618) 296-4319
157 N. Main Street, Suite 254
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Resource Education Coordinator
157 N. Main Street, Suite 254
Edwardsville, IL 62025