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Title:Recycling and Waste Reduction Opportunity Assessment: Forest Preserve District of Cook County
Author(s):Mulrow, John; Pai, Shantanu; Scrogum, Joy
Subject(s):Forest preserves -- Recycling
Forest preserves -- Pollution prevention
Parks -- Recycling
Parks -- Pollution prevention
Geographic Coverage:Cook County, IL
Abstract:The Forest Preserve District of Cook County (District) is committed to protecting Chicagoland ecosystems for future generations to enjoy. Through environmental stewardship and educational programs, the District makes natural areas accessible to all of the region’s citizens, classrooms and visitors. Furthermore, the District’s 2014 Next Century Conservation Plan shows a clear commitment to engaging both staff and the public in caring for our natural resources. When asked about behaviors that help preserve and protect the environment, Americans overwhelmingly cite recycling as something they do. Most people confront material waste – from discarded food packaging to unwanted electronics – every single day. Thus, recycling and waste reduction are tangible actions that communicate environmental stewardship and awareness to all people. This is a key reason why the District is working to increase recycling and waste reduction across District operations. In 2014, the District engaged the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) in launching a project to understand the current state of materials management operations, assess opportunities for improvement and take steps toward making the District a national leader in waste reduction practices.
Issue Date:2014-12
Publisher:Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
Series/Report:Zero Waste Project Report
Forest Preserve of Cook County
Technical Report
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-05-15

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