July 9, 2014
DuPage County officials cut the ribbon on a new waste processing facility Tuesday.
The 24-hour site, located at the Woodridge Greene Valley Wastewater Treatment Facility along Route 53, is the first of its kind in Illinois and among the first in the nation, the two others being in Oregon and Ohio.
“It’s a great day for the treatment of wastewater,” DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin told a crowd of about 50 people. “It really is a remarkable idea, yet so simple.”
As simple as gravity, which is the method to be used in separating all manner of liquid waste from all manner of solid waste picked up by public works drivers from various DuPage municipalities, including Naperville and parts of Aurora.
Currently, public works drivers have to remove waste from stormwater sewers, and somehow dry the refuse before taking it to the dump, a process that each municipality performs on its own.
Not only is the current method time-consuming, but not very efficient in terms of protecting groundwater and streams, county official said.
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