The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) recently set a goal of increasing Lake County’s recycling rate from 48% to 60% by 2020, which requires going beyond traditional recycling of cans and bottles. Municipalities and SWALCO offer a growing number of options that you can participate in to dispose ofpaint, electronics, clothing, shoes, household chemical waste and food scraps.
Take Action: You can prevent items from ending up in Lake County's landfills by disposing of them properly. Find the most convenient disposal option for you by visiting SWALCO's How Do I Recycle This?
Using energy efficiently can not only save you money, but it can also help reduce the amount of local air pollutants.
Take Action: Residents can make efficiency improvements that can generally help reduce their energy costs by 15% to 30% – that’s $450 to $900 per year!
Commercial and non-profit businesses looking to retrofit lighting and HVAC systems can take advantage of the following state, utility and foundation energy efficiency grants and rebates: Nicor, Peoples Gas, ComEd and ICECF.
Renewable energy resources can help reduce pollution and greenhouse gases, foster a more energy-independent and sustainable Lake County, and save you money. Did you know that Lake County residents can receive incentives and grants for renewable energy installations?
Take Action: You have a choice on who provides the supply portion of your electric service. By shopping for electric supply, you may be able to save money, find suppliers that use green/renewable energy resources, or get different types of services.
Eating local food helps our local economy, increases quality of life by providing high-quality food, and reduces food miles and gas emissions which helps the environment. Learn more about the local food industry:
By supporting a sustainable transportation system, you can help reduce your fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, save money, and help reduce traffic congestion.
Take Action: Sustainable transportation in Lake County is possible by following a few simple principles.
Consider shopping local, opting to take transit, ride your bike or walk instead of using your car
Start a carpool network at your office or join a ridesharing network
Join a car sharing network which provides access to a vehicle when you need it without the expense of ownership
Whenever feasible, try biking or walking to work
Suggest teleconferencing as an option to in-person meetings
Sustainable land use preserves our landscape, conserves natural resources, and provides safety and well-being to the community.
Take Action: You can help shape the future of Lake County's development and conservation measures.