Whether motivated by personal choice or regulatory compliance, reducing waste, saving energy and preventing pollution are just a few of the beneficial outcomes of acting with the environment in mind. To learn more, explore the following:
The proper disposal of waste is defined by applicable federal and state laws and regulations as well as local ordinances. Macon County Environmental Management Department conducts an inspection and enforcement program and licenses refuse haulers to ensure that waste is managed in an environmentally acceptable manner.
Composting & Landscaping
Illinois regulations prohibit landscape waste from being accepted at landfills. Depending on your location and the type of materials, options for managing landscape waste may include:
Little things make a big difference when it comes to saving water . . . like turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth, washing full loads of dishes or laundry and fixing leaky faucets and toilets.
Outdoor water usage counts too . . .such as cleaning off deck furniture with a brush rather than hosing off, watering gardens from a rain barrel and allowing lawns to go dormant during dry spells.
For more ideas, visit the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Sense website.
Minimizing storm water run-off alleviates localized flooding, allows for the recharging of area aquifers and prevents the transport of contaminates such as oil, lawn chemicals and pet waste into nearby creeks and ultimately the Sangamon River and beyond.
On-site infiltration of storm water is promoted by directing downspouts to low areas with vegetation such as rain gardens and away from hard-scaped areas such as driveways.
The Macon County Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4), a partnership between Macon County, Decatur, Forsyth and Mt. Zion, has educational resources and further information about storm water management.