Pollution Prevention

The goal of the Environmental Protection division and the Pollution Prevention Program is to preserve natural resources and enhance our environmental quality of life.  Your St. Clair County Health Department strives to assist in the ultimate development of an environmentally sustainable community through efforts such as groundwater protection and monitoring of landfills/soild waste management facilities to ensure environmentally safe solid waste disposal.   The St. Clair County Health Department has served as a delegate agency for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) since 1987. 

St. Clair County Go Green K-8 School Curriculum: (works best in Chrome browser)

The St. Clair County Health Department Pollution Prevention Program has compiled a list of environmental subjects, lesson plans and projects geared toward Elementary School aged children.  Please use this as a source for school projects, extra credit or everyday use. 

Subjects include:

Electronics Recycling (Ewaste) Recycling
Ozone – Air Quality No Idling Campaign
Water Pollution Food Waste
Composting and Gardening Sustainability
Energy Efficiency Earth Day Flag
Activities and Games Environmental Awareness Months
Grant Opportunities  

We want your feedback!   If you or your school uses a lesson plan or activity from our resources please let us know how the project turned out!   We will keep track and integrate a feedback/rating system to each activity.   Contact the Pollution Prevention Program manager at: Kristy.Mullins@co.st-clair.il.us

The goal of the Landfill Monitoring/Open Dumping program is to protect the natural resources, assure the health of the residents of St. Clair County and provide environmentally safe solid waste disposal.   The St. Clair County Health Department has served as a delegate agency for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) since 1987.

The program helps protect St. Clair County residents from the transmission of disease organisms from improper or inadequate storage and disposal of garbage and other refuse.   Following the guidelines of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act and the Illinois Pollution Control Board Regulations, the program enforces standards for accumulations of refuse.

Since 1987 your St. Clair County's Environmental Protection Division has inspected the local licensed landfills. The ultimate goal of the program is to protect St. Clair County residents from the nuisance and unhealthful conditions that arise when solid waste is inadequately disposed of or stored. Your Health Department does this by investigating complaints, enforcing county and state regulations regarding solid waste and routinely inspecting licensed landfills.   St. Clair County Health Department's Environmental Decision Group meets routinely with representatives from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office and the St. Clair County Sheriffs Department to review inspections of certain solid waste sites and dumping investigations to discuss possible enforcement actions.

Local residents can drop off their outdated or unwanted medications/drugs for no charge in a “Drop-Box” at the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department

The program is a product of teamwork between the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, St. Clair County Health Department, City of Belleville, Illinois American Water and Southwestern Illinois College. Together these companies and agencies have worked to expand the efforts of the popular Pontiac Prescription Drug Disposal (P2D2) program into St. Clair County by implementing and funding a drug disposal site at the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office.   The group hopes their work will help protect water resources and keep unwanted drugs out of children's hands.

The disposal box, donated by Illinois American Water, will be located in the lobby of the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office.   Unwanted medications and drugs, such as prescription pills and liquids, over-the counter medications, or illegal substances collected in the pharmaceutical/drug disposal box will be in continuous custody of law enforcement and then properly disposed by incineration. Items should be delivered in their original containers, if possible. Any liquid items placed in the box should be in sealed, leak-proof containers.   Access to the drop-box is daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The St. Clair County pharmaceutical disposal program, available to all St. Clair County residents was adopted from a model developed by Pontiac High School Township students and their teacher Paul Ritter. The program, P2D2, has been recognized by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois EPA and the Department of Natural Resources as a model for all pharmaceutical disposal programs. To learn more, please visit: https://www2.illinois.gov/epa/topics/waste-management/waste-disposal/medication-disposal/Pages/default.aspx​


Clean Communities: A Metro-East Green Guide
Pollution Prevention
Department
Health Department
Date Modified
6/29/2020

St. Clair County Solid Waste Management Plan?
Pollution Prevention
Department
Health Department
Date Modified
6/29/2020

Illinois EPA open dumping hazards and reporting
Landfills
Department
Health Department
Date Modified
6/29/2020

St Clair County Solid Waste Plan
Landfills
Department
Health Department
Date Modified
6/29/2020

St. Clair County landfill information
Landfills
Department
Health Department
Date Modified
6/29/2020

St. Clair County open dumping - burning fact sheet
Landfills
Department
Health Department
Date Modified
6/29/2020