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Year End Donations Needed For Household Hazardous Waste Event

Posted Dec 16 2011 9:46am
Ecology Action Center Plans Household Hazardous Waste Event for 2012

Donations Critical to the Success of this first ever Public/Private Partnership for HHW in McLean County

Dear Friend of the EAC:

It’s been four long years since McLean County saw its last Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event. Since the fall of 2007 area residents have patiently waited for a safe way to dispose of their old herbicides, fertilizers, oil-based paints, chemicals, and other hazardous materials. We are fortunate that many in our community are aware of the risks of improper disposal of HHW items. The threat of polluting our drinking water supply is real—conventional landfills are not designed to contain hazardous wastes.

Unfortunately the budget crisis at the state level has taken its toll. No Illinois EPA funded HHW collection events are being scheduled. The state’s Solid Waste Fund was “swept” by the General Assembly for other purposes. I regularly check in with the IEPA, hoping for some indication that funding for HHW collection events will resume, but my inquiries always result in disappointment.

It’s high time we take matters into our own hands – so that’s exactly what we are doing. The Ecology Action Center , with a growing list of community partners, is planning for a HHW Collection event for September 2012 for McLean County residents. This first-ever public and private partnership for HHW has an ambitious goal of raising $125,000 to cover the necessary expenses of a one-day HHW event.

To make this event happen, we need your help. We are asking our members, friends, and supporters to consider making a year-end tax deductible contribution to the EAC’s HHW Fund. No contribution is too small or too large. For example, if each of the 2000 households that participated in the 2007 HHW event contributed as little as $10, we would be $20,000 closer to reaching our goal!

Please contribute to the HHW Fund. You may make an online contribution using your credit card or PayPal account at www.ecologyactioncenter.org .

Or you may make donation checks out to “Ecology Action Center” and mail to:

Ecology Action Center 

Attn: HHW Fund 

202 W College Ave 

Normal, IL 6171 

All contributions are tax deductible. All donors will receive an acknowledgment for tax purposes.

Businesses or organizations interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact me at (309) 454-3169 or mbrown@ecologyactioncenter.org .

Thank you for supporting safe disposal of hazardous wastes in McLean County,

Michael Brown

Executive Director

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