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people collecting waste from cars as they drive through a holding area at the Rivian Auto plant.
Michael Brown / Ecology Action Center

Appointments to drop off household hazardous waste Saturday at the Rivian auto plant in Normal are running below what organizers hoped would come in.

A view of the 2017 HHW collection event
Michael Brown / Ecology Action Center

The Ecology Action Center is changing its collection model for the household hazardous waste collection event Sept. 7.

Showing the solar panels
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Standing outside their 1920s-era bungalow in Bloomington’s Founders Grove neighborhood, Chris Kaufman and Mark Austill peered out from their wide-brimmed hats at the men working on their roof.

A view of the 2017 HHW collection event
Michael Brown / Ecology Action Center

The executive director of the Ecology Action Center in Normal said there are signs the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is emerging from years of financial constraints and government deadlock.

lines of cars at the old Mitsubishi plant.
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The Ecology Action Center is optimistic a household hazardous waste collection event can happen this fall in Bloomington-Normal. The center is asking for private donations to help offset expenses.

Recycling shorting
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Recycling advocates in McLean County are pushing back against claims that materials set out at the curb for recycling are going to the landfill or being burned.

Recycling bins
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Recycling advocates in McLean County say their industry is not in crisis, despite some media reports to the contrary.

Council at the meeting
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Normal will enact a 2 percent water fee increase as part of the annual budget council members approved Monday night.

solar panels
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Homes and businesses in Bloomington-Normal planning to use solar energy are getting a price break.

Garbage at a landfill
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After 10 years of careful monitoring, the McLean County Landfill is expected to reach capacity and close Sunday.

Downtown Bloomington
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It's now easier to recycle in downtown Bloomington.

Ecology Action Center is using a grant to set up four permanent recycling containers on the four corners of the McLean County Museum of History property.

EAC Director Michael Brown said the goal now is to make sure the 90,000 people who come downtown annually actually use them.

“That’s education and that’s the work we’ve been doing now for well over 40 years; use education and outreach and trying to promote these behaviors,” Brown said.

restaurant compost
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McLean County is well behind the goal it has set for composting commercial food waste.

Recycling bins
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Normal’s Ecology Action Center (EAC) plans to bring curbside recycling to more residents through a new needs-based program.

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Recycling rates in McLean County are approaching 42 percent, according to the Normal-based Ecology Action Center. That total eclipses the 40 percent annual benchmark for the second year in a row. 

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The public will get its first look at the Town of Normal’s proposed multifamily recycling ordinance during an information session Thursday.

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The Ecology Action Center said Tuesday that McLean County residents will soon have a more “reliable and sustainable” e-waste recycling option even after two nonprofits stop accepting old TVs and computers.

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The Ecology Action Center is bringing back a program that will make it easier (and cheaper) to convert your home or business to solar power.

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Students can learn what gives the Prairie State its name this summer thanks to a grant program that pays for field trips to study Illinois' biodiversity.

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Swingers Grille in Normal has closed, the restaurant announced Monday on its Facebook page.

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A top recycling request in Bloomington-Normal is to provide services at multifamily residences, such as apartment complexes.

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Recycling isn't getting any easier. More items can be recycled now, like batteries and electronics. Packaging has gotten more complex, as well, according to Michael Brown with the Ecology Action Center (EAC).

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The head of the Ecology Action Center said he's pleased with the weekend household hazardous waste collection event.

Michael Brown / Ecology Action Center

The Ecology Action Center (EAC) is moving forward with its 2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collection event after meeting an early fundraising goal.

Midwest Fiber

Contamination in the recycling stream at Midwest Fiber threatens the business model that makes single stream recycling possible.  A company representative says if  the contamination rate increases above the current 10 percent, it could cost taxpayers more. 

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The percentage of McLean County solid waste diverted to recycling and away from the landfill has pushed past a goal set in 2007.  

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The community's mayors have signed the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda

Town of Normal Mayor Chris Koos and Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner both joined more than 250 other mayors in following the U.N. Paris Climate Accord even though President Trump announced he'd pull the U.S. from pact.

During GLT's Sound Ideas, Koos says cities are "ground zero for action in ameliorating these issues." 

Michael Brown / Ecology Action Center

The energy economy is changing in a way that there may be no way to save coal and coal jobs as President Trump has pledged.  

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Two central Illinois men are biking across Death Valley to raise money to fight climate change. 

Michael Brown is the Executive Director of the Ecology Action Center. Proceeds from the ride will benefit the center. Kevin Loeske owns Peeler's Ovenworks, a mobile, rentable, wood-fired pizza oven.  Both are participating in the Climate Ride Death Valley, Feb. 25 to March 2.