HHW Leadership Team

HHW Leadership Team: Guiding Efforts to Improve HHW Collection Options in East Central Illinois

As an initiative of the Champaign County Sustainability Practitioners, RPC planning staff recruited a diverse and  voluntary HHW Leadership Team (LT). The present HHW LT is comprised of the following group of broadly representative stakeholders:

  • Christopher Stohr
  • Claudia Lennhoff
  • David Noreen
  • David Thomas
  • Deanna Glosser
  • Jackie Christensen
  • Robert Fazzini
  • Susan McGrath
  • Timothy Kirk

RPC and agency staff together facilitate and provide assistance to the HHW LT: Susan Monte (RPC), Courtney Kwong, (City of Urbana), Nichole Millage (City of Champaign), and Dennis Donaldson (Village of Savoy).

The HHW LT initially met on April 6, 2017, and has elected to meet every two months.

HHW LT Mission Statement

The HHW Leadership Team mission is to guide efforts towards implementation of convenient, safe, and environmentally responsible household hazardous waste management options for citizens of Champaign County, including but not limited to:

  • Provision of interim one-day HHW collections;
  • Expansion of collection options for unwanted pharmaceuticals; and
  • Development of a permanent HHW collection facility.

HHW Leadership Team members will be invited to review and comment on a draft five-year update of the Champaign County Solid Waste Management Plan, and draft comprehensive update of the Champaign County Solid Waste Management Plan.



In 2013, the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, Planning and Community Development Division, supported in part by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and supported in part by the Lumpkin Family Foundation, initiated a study to develop a strategy to improve household hazardous waste (HHW) collection options available to residents of a seven-county area of East Central Illinois. The study area included the counties of Champaign, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar and Vermilion.

The RPC study is documented in ISTC technical report, TR-063 Improving Household Hazardous Waste Collection Options for East Central Illinois / Monte, Susan; Bartles, Bart; Sreedhar, Deepika; Gopal, Jayanthi. — Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2016. The report includes an overview of HHW collection activity statewide and a detailed review of existing HHW collection options in the study area as of January 2013. The report summarizes federal and state regulations relevant to HHW collection, best management practices associated with HHW, and challenges associated with HHW collection in the study area.The report includes input from interested persons and stakeholders regarding preferred HHW collection options, a review of cost comparisons typical of start-up, operation, and processing of a HHW collection facility vs. a one-day HHW collection in Illinois, and a preliminary “strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats” assessment regarding three potential HHW collection options for the study area.
TR063_Excerpt_Local Government Toolkit

The report includes a stand-alone “Local Government Toolkit” that contains a recommended strategy for initiating efforts to implement improved HHW collection options within a seven-county east central Illinois region. The Toolkit contains information of potential utility to other counties or regions in Illinois seeking to improve HHW collection options available to residents.