With a year-long effort complete, the Ecology Action Center is excited to announce the success of the first-ever locally funded Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection in McLean County. The September 29, 2012 event at the Interstate Center in Bloomington drew an unprecedented 1,951 cars carrying the wastes of nearly 3,000 area households. 161,640 pounds of hazardous waste materials were safely disposed of and prevented from entering our groundwater or surface water supplies.
Thank you to all of the individual contributors, commercial and municipal sponsors, and fundraiser participants who all made the 2012 McLean County Household Hazardous Waste Collection possible.
$143,079 was raised to fund the first-ever locally funded hazardous waste collection in our community. This effort was necessary due to the current lack of traditional funding for HHW. 51% of the event funding came from McLean County, the Town of Normal, the City of Bloomington, and other McLean County municipalities. Contributions from individuals or families raised another 26% while sponsorships and contributions from businesses raised 11%. Finally, the We Care Twin Cities Half Marathon raised 9% of the needed funding for the event.
The need for more frequent HHW Collection is now clearly established as this is the only means to reduce wait times and better accommodate the needs of more residents while still providing the service in a cost-effective manner. Building on the success of the recent event, the EAC is now focusing its efforts towards more regular HHW collection.