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and a successful business environment is crucial in attracting new ventures.

Everyone can play a role in this endeavor by shopping Wauconda, hiring local

service providers, and spreading a positive image of our community.

ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY DEPARTMENT

Jackie Soccorso, Director of Environmental Quality........487-3575

E-Mail: jsoccorso@wauconda-il.gov

Nathan Mau, Field Assistant

E-Mail: nmau@wauconda-il.gov

The Environmental Quality Department is responsible for administering programs

in the areas of industrial pretreatment, grease abatement, hazardous emissions,

and mosquito control. It works with the Public Works Department in the operation

of the weed harvester. The Environmental Quality Department acts as a resource

for residents with questions or concerns about a wide variety of environmental

issues. It also represents the Village in various environmental initiatives and

conducts public outreach/education at local events.

The industrial pretreatment and grease abatement programs serve to protect the

wastewater collection system and water reclamation facility by monitoring the

types of wastes discharged to the public sewer. Excess amounts of chemicals,

cooking grease and/or other pollutants can interfere with proper operation of

these systems, damage equipment and/or harm personnel.

The hazardous emissions program serves to protect the lake, wetlands and other

natural areas from the unlawful discharge of pollutants that have the potential to

harm the environment. The mosquito control program serves to protect public

health by reducing the numbers of disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Residential Disposal of Used Cooking Grease

All residents are encouraged to dispose of cooking grease and oil by pouring into

an empty metal can. Once the grease hardens, the can may be placed in the

regular garbage. Residents can also stop by the Environmental Quality

Department to pick up a special “fat trapper” designed for domestic grease

disposal. Grease should not be poured down the drain or into toilets.

Clean Air Counts and Greenest Region Compact

The Village is proud to be a bronze level member of the Clean Air Counts initiative

and a supporter of the Greenest Region Compact, both sponsored by the

Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, City of Chicago, IEPA and USEPA. The Clean Air

Counts program seeks significant reductions in smog-forming pollutants and

energy consumption. The Greenest Region Compact seeks to improve the region’s

air, water and land, reduce greenhouse gases, minimize waste and reduce energy

consumption through a series of environmental actions.

FREE CFLs

As part of the Village’s participation in Clean Air Counts and Greenest Region

Compact, FREE CFLs are now available to Village residents while supplies last.

Bulbs can be picked up at Village Hall and at the Public Works facility located on

Slocum Lake Rd. Used CFLs can be dropped off for recycling at these two

locations, as well. ENERGY STAR-qualified CFLs use up to 75 percent less energy

than incandescent light bulbs and can last up to 10 times longer.

Household Chemical Waste/Unwanted Medications

and Personal Care Products

Household chemical waste (HCW) is a term used to describe the fairly common

chemical products accumulated in a household from a variety of cleaning,

painting, pest control, and yard work activities. Examples of HCW include paint,

batteries, CFLs, household cleaners, garden/lawn chemicals, pesticides and used

motor oil. Disposing of these items can be a challenge, as personal and

environmental damage can occur if they are disposed of in the trash, poured

down the drain or dumped on the ground.

Unwanted medications and personal care products disposal is a rapidly emerging

concern. These products are being produced and used in increasing volumes

every year. They include prescription and non-prescription drugs, cleansing

agents, cosmetics, nutritional supplements and skin care products. It is believed

that even in small quantities, pharmaceuticals and personal care products can be

harmful to the environment and wildlife. Sewage treatment plants and septic

systems are not designed to treat all the substances found in medications and

personal care products. When flushed down the toilet or sink, some of these

chemicals can impact the environment by passing through and entering rivers,

lakes and groundwater.

SWALCO (Solid Waste Agency of Lake County) has implemented a regional

approach to solid waste management. Residents have two ways to dispose off

their household chemical waste and unwanted medications/personal care

products: 1) SWALCO's Mobile Events, held at locations throughout Lake County

(no appointment needed) from April through November and 2) Year-round

collection events (by appointment only) held at SWALCO's permanent facility

located at 1311 N. Estes St., in Gurnee. Residents can schedule their appointments

online at the SWALCO website or by calling 336-9340.

HELPFUL INFO

• To report standing water, call the mosquito hotline at 1-800-942-2555.

• To report dead birds, call the Lake County Health Department at 377-8300.

• For information on West Nile Virus, go to

http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm

• For tips on reducing pollution caused by stormwater runoff, go to

http://www.lakecountyil.gov/STORMWATER

• For a detailed report on Bangs Lake, go to

http://www.lakecountyil.gov/Health/want/BeachLakeInfo.htm

• For information on recycling and going green, go to http://earth911.com

• For information on conservation and sustainability, go to

http://www.nature.org/

BANGS LAKE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Learn More About Our Lake and Environment

Come join us at our monthly meetings. Fourth Monday of the month, January thru

October, we meet at the Village Hall at 7:00 p.m. Our committee is made up of

residents who volunteer their time

to ensure that Bangs Lake remains

one of the top fishing and boating

lakes in Illinois.

Remember the use of Phosphorous

Free fertilizers helps protect our

lake from aquatic overgrowth.

Stop aquatic hitchhikers; clean all

recreation equipment before and

after use.

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847-526-6140

27457 N. WILLIAMS PARK RD.

ON ROUTE 176, ONE MILE WEST OF ROUTE 12

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