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Heidi H. Miller – Director

Cheryl Wardell – Assistant

Heidi Miller – Planner

Bob Pazely – Building & Zoning


8:00 am to 4:30 pm: Monday – Friday


1320 Union Street Morris, IL 60450

Welcome to the Land Use Department!

As a fairly new addition to the many fine departments of the county, we have adopted this goal as we serve the residents of Grundy County:

To promote a safe, healthy, balanced community that preserves our natural resources and educates our residents to continue this pursuit for future generations of Grundy residents.’

The Land Use Department has three offices to serve Grundy County’s needs. The Environmental & Resource Conservation Office, the Building and Zoning Office and the Planning Office are the fabric that makes up our Land Use Department.

Media Releases

Tire Recycling Event July 13 - 15, 2017

Grundy County Tire Recycling Event July 13th through the 15th  

The Grundy County Land Use Department will be hosting a tire recycling event at the Olson’s Recycling Center located on 354 W. Jackson Street (West Route 6) in Seneca starting on Thursday July 13 through Saturday July 15th from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

We ask that all residents comply with the following:

  • NO commercial, industrial or agricultural tires.
  • All tires must be off of the rims or will be declined.
  • Only passenger truck or car tires will be allowed.
  • Limited to six (6) tires per vehicle.
  • Must be able to unload tires and assist in the loading of the tires into the trailer


Liberty Tire of Chicago will be our tire recycler and will process the tires for the following green uses:

  • Crumb rubber that will have an end use for welcome mats, railroad ties, and rubberized asphalt
  • Industrial feedstock used for automotive parts, paints and coatings
  • Rubber mulch for garden use
  • Tire derived fuel that is an alternative to coal, oil, natural gas that is used by cement kilns, and paper/pulp mills.


Thank you Grundy County residents for recycling and to Olson Recycling for hosting this event.

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact either Cheryl Wardell or Heidi Miller at (815) 941-3228; or (815) 941-3229;

Thank you Grundy County for loving your Earth and recycling!

Latex and Oil Based Paint Event - June 17, 2017

Latex and Oil Based Paint Event
Saturday, June 17, 2017
8:00 AM to Noon
Grundy County Animal Control Facility
310 East DuPont Road, Morris

The Land Use Department’s Environmental Resource and Conservation Office and Epaint Recycling Solutions will be having a paint recycling event for both latex and oil based paints and stains on Saturday June 17 from 8:00 AM to noon at the Animal Control facility located at 310 East DuPont Road.

Paint must be in its original, non-leaking, sealed container with the manufacturer’s label attached in order to be accepted at the event.

Epaint Recycling Solutions will accept cash or charge for the following paints:

Latex Paint:                             Oil Paint and Stains:
Quart – $1.00                           Quart – $4.00
Gallon – $3.00                         Gallon – $8.00
5 Gallon Pail – $10.00             5 Gallon Pail – $20.00

No aerosols (spray) cans will be accepted at this event.

Epaint takes all of the paint collects and mixes specific hues of paints together for resale. The paint is available in 18 colors and is sold at many retailing companies for less than new paint would cost.

Please feel free to direct all questions to either Heidi Miller at (815) 941-3229 ( or Cheryl Wardell at (815) 941-3228 (

We thank you residents of Grundy County for caring about your Earth and recycling your latex and oil based paints and stains.

Children's Used Book Collection June 1, 2017 through July 5, 2017

Children’s Used Book Collection June 1 through July 5

 The Grundy County Land Use Department’s Environmental, Resource and Conservation Office will be collecting used children’s books for Bernie’s Book Bank starting June 1 through July 5, 2017 at our Administration Building located at 1320 Union Street, Morris, IL 60450 from the hours of 8-4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Practicing one of the four Rs is reuse. Children’s books that are no longer being used can find their way into the hands of a child who is need of a book. Studies have shown that reading is the most important skill a child needs to learn. However, studies also show that 61% of low-income families don’t have any children’s book for their families.

Our partner for this event, Bernie’s Book Bank, has since 2009 collected over 4 million children’s books. Bernie’s Book Bank will provide at least 12 books per year for each child that they serve. For Grundy County our goal is 1500 books again this year!

Let’s break the statistics that prevent young minds from reaching their given potentials by donating your used children’s books for preschool through 6th grade for this worthy cause. Please do not give text books or workbooks.

If you should have any questions please feel free to contact Cheryl Wardell or Heidi Miller at (815) 941-3228 ( and (815) 941-3229 (, respectfully.

Thank you Grundy County for your great partnership!

Upcoming Events
Book Drive:

Click here for the 2017 Book Drive Event Information


Currently there are no E-Waste events scheduled.

Paint Collection:

Click here for June 2017 Paint Collection Event

Shred Event:

Currently there are no Shred events scheduled.

Tire Recycling Event

Click here for July 2017 Tire Recycling Event

Toy Event:

Currently there are no Toy events scheduled.

Used Oil:

Currently there are no Used Oil events scheduled.

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