|Electronics Recycling Disposal & You, 2010
|New Law is First Step to Eliminating Electronics in Illinois Landfills|
A new law went into effect January 1 as a first step to eliminate electronics (e-waste) from Illinois landfills.
law was enacted because residential e-waste generates toxicity and
landfill space issues. Additionally, its intention is, by acting locally, to globally inhibit the
mismanagement of electronic recycling in third world counties.
As part of the plan to ban electronics from landfills, residents will now be able to recycle computers, monitors, printers and televisions free of charge at their area electronics collection sites. By diverting these types of electronics from landfills, the toxic plastics and heavy metals they contain will no longer be a threat to the environment and particularly to ground water. Read more...
|Solid Waste Management Funds Are Empty|
The collection of unused residential paint is still on hold. The fund sweep of June 2009 depleted all excess dollars in the state's Solid Waste Management Fund. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is not sponsoring any 2010 solid waste programs previously funded from the Solid Waste Management Fund including: Partners for Waste Paint Solutions; one day Household Hazardous Waste collections; I-RID (Illinois Removes Illegal Dumping); and the Delegated County Agreements (where a county does the work of local inspections for the IEPA). Read more..,
|Being Responsible When Times Are Tough
|Taking Care of Mother Earth|
When Buying Paint
to estimate as closely as possible the area that you need to paint. If
you have paint remaining, repaint over the high traffic areas (around
doors and light switches). If you
have a lot of extra paint, give it away...to school art classes, shop
and local organizations that have tight budgets and cannot afford to
buy paint. If it is new and
not contaminated, it can be combined with other paints to make a one-of-a-kind
color for a large project or as an undercoat. Read more...
NO SHOE COLLECTION IN 2010
Many times you don't know what you have until it is
gone. Due to lack of funds, the annual and successful Reuse-A-Shoe
Collection will not be conducted this year.
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 provides a comprehensive approach to solid waste issues. For more information about the TCR&WMC, call 309/836-5926.