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Going Green  

Goal: Promote a Sustainable Environment; Increase Recycling

Promoting a sustainable environment is one of five strategic goals in Lake County's Strategic Plan. The County and several municipalities have a goal to divert waste from the waste stream and increase the recycling rate in Lake County from 39% to 60% by 2020. The county has about 10 to 12 years of landfill capacity remaining.

In 2011, the board accepted the recommendations in the 60% Recycling Task Force Report, which was developed by a 27 member Recycling Task Force. The plan identifies strategies to achieve the targeted recycling rate of 60%. Some examples include: removing barriers to recycling, providing incentives for builders and developers, and establishing new standards and procedures for sustainable building and development. It recommends working with the residential sector, the commercial sector and the construction/demolition debris sector.

Recycling Changes in the Unincorporated Area
To work toward the 60% recycling goal, the county board approved changes to the Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance requiring haulers (in the unincorporated area) to provide customers with containers for collecting recyclable materials. Learn more.

What can you do?
Make recycling a daily habit by changing your mind set to recycle first – trash last! Learn more.

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