Progress Update: January 15, 2010

Dear Neighbors, Partners and Community Leaders,

In November 2009, a group of Lake County residents formed a grassroots effort to advocate that the Lake County Board remove the options of mass burn incinerators and alternative waste-to-energy technologies from the next five-year solid municipal waste plan.

We discovered that before the plan would be voted on by the entire County Board, it first had to be approved by the Lake County Public Works and Transportation Committee, consisting of seven people. This committee has the ability to remove mass burn incineration and waste-to-energy technologies from the plan. Our group attended the Committee meeting on Dec. 3rd to outline our position and present our research. The committee graciously decided to postpone their decision to allow for further research and discussion.

We attended the next committee meeting on January 6th, 2010 and offered to bring in our expert, Neil Seldman with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance ( to outline all the benefits of Recycling and Zero Waste initiatives, and how he and others are helping other cities, counties and states achieve success by rethinking and using recycled municipal waste as a commodity: recycled waste = revenues. The committee meets again on January 27, and as Neil cannot attend until their February 3rd meeting, we asked them to postpone their decision.

We are still working on this issue, and so are many of our politicians and other interested groups, but we need your help. How can you help? Right now these seven committee members represent all of us in Lake County. Please take the time to make a call or send an email to your county board member. Your voice will make a difference. If you want to help more, send us an email:

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