Wondering where to recycle some of those items you’ve found in your annual spring cleaning? The 2021 McHenry County Green Guide, now available online, features the latest information on recycling household waste, appliances, electronics, paint, motor oil, light bulbs, batteries, hazardous waste, and medications.
New in the 15th edition of the publication is information on reducing the use of single-use plastics (including packing material and take-out containers), answers to commonly asked questions about hard-to-recycle items, and an updated list of countywide recycling drives (including a household hazardous waste collection event happening in June).
“With more people ordering their items online and to-go this year, we’ve unfortunately seen an increase in single-use plastics,” said Kim Hankins, director of the Sustainability Center at McHenry County College (MCC). “Fortunately, there are a variety of resources that exist to help consumers choose more sustainable options and avoid these hard-to-recycle items. The more we can inform people of ways to conveniently reduce, reuse, and recycle, the more effective we can be in reducing our environmental impact.”
2021 Green Guide Highlights:
County-wide residential electronic collection events information
According to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals. PFAS have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the globe, including in the United States since the 1940s. PFAS are utilized for a variety of applications ranging from water and stain-proofing to firefighting. PFAS persist in the environment and may contaminate surface and ground waters. These chemicals are widely used because they are resistant to heat, water, and oil.
WHERE CAN PFAS BE FOUND?
PFAS can be commonly found in every American household, and in products as diverse as:
Certain PFAS chemicals are no longer manufactured in the United States as a result of phase-outs including the PFOA Stewardship Program in which eight major chemical manufacturers agreed to eliminate the use of PFOA and PFOA-related chemicals in their products and as emissions from their facilities. Although PFOA and PFOS are no longer manufactured in the United States, they are still produced internationally and can be imported into the United States in consumer goods such as carpet, leather and apparel, textiles, paper and packaging, coatings, rubber and plastics.
WHO SETS GUIDELINES FOR PFAS?
There is not enough information available for scientists to develop health-based screening levels for all of the PFAS sampled. Neither the Illinois EPA nor the U.S. EPA have yet developed enforceable drinking water standards for PFAS. Both regulatory agencies are currently studying PFAS. This will take several years to complete. In the interim, Illinois EPA has developed health-based guidance levels for seven PFAS compounds. Laboratory data from the studies being conducted will be used to support the potential development and promulgation of maximum contaminant level (MCL) standards in Illinois and nationally.
HAVE PFAS BEEN DETECTED IN ANY VILLAGE WELLS?
Yes. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) recently tested our water system for 18 compounds known as Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) as part of a statewide investigation of community water supplies and PFAS.
The Village owns and operates 2 wells located within the Village. None of analytes sampled by Illinois EPA were above Illinois EPA health-based guidance levels.
IS MY WATER SAFE TO DRINK?
Yes. The Village of Richmond’s drinking water continues to meet all Federal and State drinking water standards and is safe to drink. The U.S. and Illinois EPA are developing standards for safe PFAS levels in drinking water. In the interim, the Illinois EPA has asked local agencies to provide information if PFAS is detected in drinking water.
Additional water quality information is available in the Village of Richmond’s Consumer Confidence Report found on the Village’s website.
WHAT ARE THE MONITORING GUIDELINES FOR PFAS?
The Illinois EPA PFAS health-based guidance levels are provided in the table below. At this time, no enforceable federal or state drinking water standard, called a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL), exists for any of the more than 5,000 known PFAS chemicals. Illinois EPA is in the process of collecting data in the PFAS Investigation Network to develop a state MCL. Development of an MCL may take the IEPA multiple years. The levels are presented in nanograms per liter (ng/L), equal to parts per trillion (ppt). For reference: 1 ng/L is equivalent to about 1 ounce in 7.5 billion gallons.
WHAT IS THE VILLAGE DOING ABOUT PFAS IN ITS WELLS?
Neither the Illinois EPA nor the U.S. EPA has developed enforceable regulatory drinking water standards for PFAS. The IEPA has requested the Village continue to monitor drinking water in accordance with the IEPA PFAS investigation plan. The Village’s drinking water continues to meet all Federal and State drinking water standards and is safe to drink.
Check out our ‘pay online‘ menu option to purchase your vehicles on our website and have them mailed directly to you, or pick them up in person and pay ahead. You may also stop by Village Hall between 8am-4pm, M-F to purchase stickers in person.
Vehicle information is NOT required. Proof of age requested for applicable discounts at the time of purchase. Stickers must be on vehicles before May 1st or late fees will apply.
Please have leaves curbside prior to Friday morning to ensure pickup. This service is for residents within the Village of Richmond limits only. Please call Prairieland directly if you have any questions 847-381-9300.
Prairieland Curbside Electronic Pickup is scheduled for Thursday, April 1st.
Only limit is as follows: (2) televisions or (2) Computer Monitors or (1) of each.
Please note that normal yard waste bags will begin to be picked up April 1st and will occur weekly on your scheduled garbage pick-up date through November. Two (2) free bags are included in your weekly pick-up. Additional bag stickers can be purchased at the Village Hall and Richmond Ace Hardware.
The Village of Richmond will offer an additional brush pick-up program this month due to the major wind storm that impacted the Village on Monday, August 10, 2020.
All brush shall be placed on the parkway no later than 7:00am Monday, August 17, 2020. This special brush pick-up is for storm related damage only. The brush must be less than 5 inches in diameter and no longer than 6 feet. Public Works Crews will visit each street once. No callbacks will be made.
Additionally, the regularly scheduled monthly brush pick-up will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2020 for Village residents.