ZERO WASTE TASK FORCE
Every day, over four pounds of material for every DeKalb County resident is thrown into a landfill. Christel Springmire, DeKalb Health Department’s Solid Waste Coordinator, pointed this out at the December meeting of the Zero Waste Task Force.
The DeKalb County board voted unanimously to create a Zero Waste Task Force in October of last year, after County Board Member Marc Johnson brought the idea forward. The goal is to consider adopting a Zero Waste guiding principle for the countyâ€™s Solid Waste Management Plan. The thirteen members of the ZWTF are also charged with identifying the goals, objectives, policies, programs, tasks, and costs of implementing a countywide Zero Waste plan. Come August of 2014, the Zero Waste Task Force will forward their plan to the DeKalb County board for approval.
Zero Waste can be summed up in four easy ways; Refuse, Reuse, Recycle, and Recover. While most people are familiar with Recycling, they may not be as familiar with these other ways.
Refusing to purchase products that are harmful to the environment is the first and most important step. The less we have to throw out, the better.
Reusing can involve anything from selling clothing to a secondhand store or finding inventive ideas for how to reuse old products.
Recovering energy and nutrients from waste using processes such as anaerobic/aerobic digestion, incineration, or composting are cutting-edge ways to both eliminate waste as well as save on energy costs.
The Zero Waste Task Force consists of thirteen representatives from local industry, government, colleges, citizens, and waste management companies. They meet on the first Thursday of every month. If you would like to know more about the Zero Waste Task Force, please contact the County Board Chairman, Jeff Metzger.
ILLINOIS JUDGES BRINGING COURTROOM TO THE CLASSROOM
DeKalb County Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert brought the courtroom to the classroom at Indian Creek High School recently. I was very impressed by this learning experience, so I wanted to make sure readers knew more about the program.
A judge will provide high school juniors and seniors a course on why the study of civics, government and current events is so important. 115 judges have been trained to deliver the program. The presentation includes an overview of the three branches of government and the federal and states courts, followed by an interactive discussion on an actual U.S. Supreme Court case. During the actual program, a judge will use a Power Point presentation, to explain how the case moved through the court system, and then engage students in a discussion about the competing factors in the case.
The discussion provides students with a better understanding of why civics is important and how it impacts their lives.
ENTERPISE ZONE APPLICATION
The County Board approved to award a contract to The Development Consortium (TDC), in the amount of $60,000 plus up to 25% in expenses and additional services. This contract is for consulting services to develop and submit an Enterprise Zone Application to the State of Illinois.
Enterprise Zones are extremely valuable in attracting industrial and commercial development. Enterprise Zones include sales tax exemptions on construction material, utility tax credit and investment tax credit on manufacturing equipment. An opportunity to apply for Enterprise Zones only occurs roughly every sixteen to twenty years, so it is very important that DeKalb County make the attempt. This is one more valuable tool to attract new business and industry to our area.
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