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Talkin' Trash Newsletter
Volume 13 - Issue 3
Tri-County Resource & Waste Management Council

Providing recycling news for communities, businesses, and schools

In the Newsletter
It's All About Yard Waste
Quick Yard Waste Check List
Eliminate Food & Yard Waste With Worms!
Reuse-a-Shoe News!

It's All About Yard Waste

From Spring to Winter the Question is
"What Do I Do With My Yard Waste?"
In McDonough County

Macomb residents have their
yard waste collected on the same day as their trash, from the second week of March through the second week in December. Yard waste includes leaves, grass clippings, small tree limbs and branches.

Yard waste can be placed in either a garbage can or bagged in Kraft paper yard waste bags.  These bags can be purchased from various retailers in Macomb.  Yard waste in plastic bags will NOT be collected.  Small limbs or brush should be bundled and tied with twine, NOT WIRE.  Bundles should be no longer than four feet in length and no larger than three feet in diameter.  Large tree limbs, trunks and other bulky yard waste materials that cannot be contained or bundled will NOT be picked up.  These items may be disposed free of charge for residents living inside Macomb city limits at the city's yard waste facility on Tower Road, next to the Animal Shelter.  Hours of operation are Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Read more...

Quick Yard Waste Checklist

  • Mow and mulch leaves and grass, then leave on your lawn as fertilizer.
  • Chip, then compost, bushes and shrubs.  Add your leaves and grass clippings, too!  Read more...
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Worms + Food + Yard Waste = Compost

Eliminate Food & Yard Waste With Worms!
At the TCR&WMC offices, we preach a lot about how easy it is to try alternatives to just throwing your garbage away.  One of the best ways to dispose of food and yard waste is by composting, especially with worms.  Vermi-composting consists of a bin of worms (red wigglers are best) mixed with damp shredded paper along with a bit of soil.   Read more...
reuse a shoe
The TCR&WMC wrapped up its annual athletic shoe collection at the end of May.
At last count, individuals, schools and businesses filled up two gaylords (semi shipping boxes) totaling 4,000 shoes!  Read more...

The Tri-County Resource & Waste Management Council (TCR&WMC) represents and meets the solid waste management needs of incorporated and unincorporated communities in McDonough, Mercer, and Warren counties.  The council's Solid Waste Coordinator and Educator provide a comprehensive approach to solid waste issues and education.  For more information about the TCR&WMC, call 309/837-3941.
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July 27
Envirofil Landfill
6:00 pm
McDonough Co. Law & Legal Committee
August 3
September 14
October 5
November 2
McDonough Co.
Courthouse/ Macomb
7:00 pm
Mercer Co. Board
August 4
September 2
October 7
November 3
Mercer Co. Courthouse/Aledo
7:00 pm
Mercer Co.
Recycling Board

October 23
CES Office/Aledo
7:00 pm
Warren Co. Board
September 17
October 15
November 18
9:30 am

Walnut Grove
September 4 & 5
September 11 & 12
September 18 & 19
September 25 & 26
October 9 & 10
October 24

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September 17
 McDonough Co. Conservation Day

September 18
Warren Co.
Conservation Day


Anne was on hand to greet residents at the Wesley Village Retirement Community during its 2nd Annual Senior Health and Fitness Expo in May. 

Anne's display featured information on Household Hazardous Waste and the electronic and paint disposal and recycling services of the Tri-County Regional Collection Facility located at 510 N. Pearl Street in Macomb.

Last year, Anne helped the Wesley staff establish their in-house recycling system..."Which has proven to be quite popular with the residents and the staff!" said Kim Hicken, Director of Marketing and Development.