Village Waste Reduction Projects
Recycling Containers for Village Facilities
The Village has chosen to use a portion of the Federal funding from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) to expand the municipal facilities recycling program. Recycling containers are now accessible to guests at Village buildings. The purchased containers for public and employee use is already contributing in our effort to reduce waste. Additional details about this program can be accessed on our Grants & Economic Recovery Page.
Change in Habits
The Village has drastically cut the purchase of polystyrene cups and dining materials in favor of reusable containers. Staff uses their own coffee mugs and meeting visitors are provided with reusable glassware.
Village staff also work to conserve energy and materials when it comes to technology. Emails are printed infrequently, and when possible, materials are copied onto both sides of the paper. Staff computers are set to sleep to conserve energy when not in use.
Village an Endorser of U.S. EPA WasteWise Program
WasteWise is a free, voluntary partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The program goal is to reduce Municipal and select industrial solid waste. As a WasteWise member, the Village reports annually on efforts made to prevent pollution and conserve natural resources.
Sustainability Plan Connections
The Village of Hoffman Estates addresses other ways that it has reduced waste and proposed waste reduction activities for the Village to implement in the Sustainability Plan. Items specific to the Resources and Operations section are listed below:
1) Develop a system to identify the total weight of internal waste and recycling streams and perform a waste audit to determine future actions to improve waste reduction programs.
2) Increase the number of residents enrolled in the paperless billing program.
3) Move to paperless reports for fire inspections.