Director, Environmental Management Department
141 South Main Street, Room 408
Decatur, IL 62523
Phone: (217) 425-4505
Fax: (217) 424-1459
M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
excluding legal holidays
In 1991, the Macon County Board adopted the Solid Waste Management Plan as required by law, Illinois Solid Waste Planning and Recycling Act. All counties with a population of 100,000 or greater are required to adopt an action plan for implementation of policies and programs that are environmentally sound and economically feasible for the management of the waste stream generated.
Macon County’s Environmental Management Department strictly adheres to the Plan by implementing recycling initiatives, environmental education in Macon County Schools, inspecting county landfills & other permitted sites, as well as assisting residents with various environmental issues.
Macon County Environmental Management is delegated by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to inspect the Valley View Landfill and other sites that are permitted as pollution control facilities. The Department also inspects properties where open dumping is reported. To report open dumping, please call 217/421-0291.
With the support of the County Chairman and County Board, Macon County Environmental Management has strategically placed nine permanent recycling trailer locations for area residents to conveniently drop off recycling. Additionally, Macon County has implemented recycling programs that include: electronics and compact fluorescent bulb recycling while expanding the scope of other programs.
The Macon County Environmental Management Department supports electronics recycling and is committed to organizing one day collections for free residential electronics recycling. Due to various toxins within most electronics, the Macon County Chairman and Macon County Board initiated electronics recycling to ensure continuing environmental safeguards for Macon County residents. Public Act 97-0287 - Electronic Products Recycling & Reuse Act permanently banned seventeen electronic items from Illinois landfills as of January 1, 2012. For more information about recycling electronics, click here.
Curbside recycling programs throughout Macon County are single-steam, allowing residents to co-mingle aluminum, tin cans, plastic, newspapers, and other accepted items. For a complete list of items that are accepted in residential toters and bins, click here.
Rural residents who are not served with curbside recycling may drop-off recyclables at one of Macon County Environmental Managementís nine collection boxes dispersed throughout the county. For more information about the
locations of the collection boxes and accepted items, click here.
Many items that are not accepted in curbside recycling programs are recyclable by other avenues. With the intent of assisting your family in developing a recycling plan, a Recycling Guide is provided. See the Recycling Guide here.
Curbing usage, reducing wastes and consuming fewer resources are ways of using less but result in more benefits - saving money, conserving natural resources, safer drinking water, cleaner air, greater biodiversity. Learn more about waste disposal, environmental compliance and managing landscape waste.
On our Links page, you will find useful links to many environmental websites.
Choose one of the link categories below:
Visit our Environmental Curriculum page for Lesson Plans and Reading Lists.
Water Use & Conservation
Visit our Water Use & Conservation page for more information.