News

Welcome to the newsroom! Below you will find current events and news

  • WCCSWA Response to COVID-19

    The West Cook County Solid Waste Agency (WCCSWA) is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will provide updates and guidance as warranted. As all state and local governments know, solid waste management is an essential public service.  Recently the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a memo identifying those who “ensure the effective removal, storage, and disposal of residential and commercial solid waste and hazardous waste” as essential critical infrastructure workers.

    Posted at March 20, 2020 | By : | Categories : Blog | Comments Off on WCCSWA Response to COVID-19
  • Recycling News YOU Can Use: “YUCKY STUFF – Food & Liquids”

    This article is written by Kerri Gale, Director of Environmental Health, Jackson County, Murphysboro, IL  At home or work when you are getting ready to recycle those everyday items, such cardboard, bottles, cans or jars.  Remember to trash anything with food residue.  Think before you put them in the bin.  Everyone ...

    Posted at March 10, 2020 | By : | Categories : Blog | Comments Off on Recycling News YOU Can Use: “YUCKY STUFF – Food & Liquids”
  • Recycling News YOU Can Use: Only flatten cardboard and corrugated boxes! No crushing other containers!

    This article is written by Julia Linares, AmeriCorps member with the Chicago-area Greenest Region Corps and a fellow for Cook County’s Department of Environment and Sustainability Although flattening containers, like cartons, plastic bottles, and cans, may save room in your recycling bin, please refrain from crushing these items as it leads to issues in single stream recycling systems. However, you can still flatten ...

    Posted at March 5, 2020 | By : | Categories : Blog | Comments Off on Recycling News YOU Can Use: Only flatten cardboard and corrugated boxes! No crushing other containers!
  • Earth Day 50th Anniversary Luncheon

    You are invited to join the members of the West Cook County Solid Waste Agency and Keep West Cook County Beautiful for a luncheon celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.   Hear from Municipal Leaders as well as the find out who is this year's recipient of the GreenQualitiy Achievement Award.    We look forward to seeing you Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 12:00pm at the Riverside Golf Club. Please click ...

    Posted at March 5, 2020 | By : | Categories : Blog | Comments Off on Earth Day 50th Anniversary Luncheon
  • APRIL 25, 2020 IS NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY

    The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. The last event held in October of 2019 The Take Back event brought in 882,919 pounds (Almost 442 Tons) of unused or expired prescription medications and vape devices. This ...

    Posted at January 30, 2020 | By : | Categories : Blog | Comments Off on APRIL 25, 2020 IS NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY
  • WCCSWA APPROVES APPOINTMENT OF NEW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

    At the September 25, 2019 Board of Director's Meeting, the West Cook County Solid Waste Agency (WCCSWA) unanimously ratified and approved the appointment of Claudia Ayala of the City of Berwyn as their newest member of the Agency Executive Committee.   Congratulations to Claudia and welcome to the Agency Executive Committee!

    Posted at September 27, 2019 | By : | Categories : Blog | Comments Off on WCCSWA APPROVES APPOINTMENT OF NEW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER
  • Electronics Recycling Opportunity at the MWRD Road Show – October 5

    The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) will be hosting their Road Show on Saturday, October 5th at the Science & Arts Academy, 1825 Miner Street in Des Plaines. The event allows residents to meet their MWRD Commissioners, learn how MWRD works towards managing wastewater and stormwater, hear about local projects and how to prevent basement stormwater backups. They will also be collecting electronics and paper. ...

    Posted at September 23, 2019 | By : | Categories : Blog | Comments Off on Electronics Recycling Opportunity at the MWRD Road Show – October 5
  • 10th Annual EarthFest in Oak Park – April 27

    The Village of Oak Park is hosting their 10th Annual EarthFest on Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Please see link for more information. https://www.oak-park.us/news/family-fun-awaits-10th-annual-earth-fest

    Posted at April 26, 2019 | By : | Categories : Blog | Comments Off on 10th Annual EarthFest in Oak Park – April 27
  • WCCSWA Leadership Team Approved at Board of Director’s Meeting

    At the April 24, 2019 WCCSWA Board of Director's Meeting, the Agency Executive Committee members were nominated and approved to begin serving their their new two-year terms beginning on May 1, 2019.   The Fiscal Year 2020 and 2021 Officers and Directors for the West Cook County Solid Waste Agency are: Michael Garvey, Brookfield - Chairman Guy Belmonte, North Riverside - Vice Chairman Joseph ...

    Posted at April 26, 2019 | By : | Categories : Blog | Comments Off on WCCSWA Leadership Team Approved at Board of Director’s Meeting
  • Saturday, April 27 – DEA National Drug Take Back Day

    The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans ...

    Posted at April 24, 2019 | By : | Categories : Blog | Comments Off on Saturday, April 27 – DEA National Drug Take Back Day