|The Trend for 2010 - "Out With the Old"|
|Township Clean-ups Indicate an |
Upsurge in Electronic Recycling
and Richland Grove townships in Mercer County have conducted their 2010 clean-ups
with amazing increases in the amounts of electronics and scrap metals recycled
and items landfilled.
151 households in Eliza Township generated approximately six tons of materials
that went to the landfill and 2,829 pounds of electronics that were delivered
to the Tri-County Regional Collection Facility (TCRCF). All totaled, it was an
average of 18.68 pounds of landfill materials and 93.5 pounds of appliances and
other metals per household. In 2009
Eliza Township produced 500 pounds of e-waste and 8,275 pounds of metal. This reflects a 565% increase in electronics
recycling and a 45% increase in heavy metals.
306 households in Richland Grove generated approximately nine tons of landfill
items and 4,685 pounds of electronics. Each household recycled 15.32 pounds of
e-waste and 20.75 pounds of material went to the landfill. The community
increased its 2009 e-waste recycling by 633% and landfill materials by
to both communities for their clean-up commitment!
From Township to TCRCF to
|It's All in the Process|
clean-ups provide the opportunity for residents to dispose of electronics and
heavy metals (white goods) responsibly. Because of a new state law mandate, the
TCRCF, as a registered IEPA e-cycler, provides free electronics recycling to
residents for Covered Electronic Devices (CEDs) such as TVs, CPUs, printers and
monitors; and Eligible Electronic Devices (EEDs) like keyboards, mice,
speakers, fax machines, zip and jazz drives. Once the electronics are collected at a
township clean-up, they are trucked by the TCRCF to its facility and the
landfill materials are taken to the closest site. At
the facility, the e-waste is sorted and prepared for trucking to a recycling
facility. All the non-CRT electronics go
to Plainfield, Illinois, for recycling and all cathode ray tubes (CRTs) such as TVs
and monitors go to Jamesville, Wisconsin, where they are recycled or disposed of
a time when funding for recycling programs has become scarcer, it is
becoming more apparent that the public is ready and willing to recycle and make
sure that materials that need to go to the landfill arrive there - and not in
rural ditches. Since September of 2005,
the TCRCF has processed 1,015,474 pounds of electronics under voluntary
conditions. By January 2012, under a new electronics law PA 095-0959, all TVs,
CPUs, printers and monitors will be banned from the landfills in Illinois.
Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota already have bans in place. This will make facilities such as the TCRCF
even more essential to ensure that toxic electronics are disposed of
properly. The TCRCF has secured electronic recycling
weights-credits for all of its electronics collected for the next two years
under the new law, guaranteeing a recycling home for all of the electronics
Tri-County Regional Collection Facility serves residents from the City of
Galesburg, the City of Rushville, and Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, McDonough and
Warren counties. Henry and Knox counties
recently elected to no longer participate as collection sites.
A Canceled Program
Comes to Life
Bigger and Better
|Reuse-a-Shoe Goes Year-Round!|
The Reuse-a-Shoe Program has become a year-long shoe collection. No longer is spring cleaning the only time you can recycle your used athletic shoes. Starting now, two facilities will be open to accept your used athletic shoes on a year-round basis. The Tri-County Regional Collection Facility, 510 N. Pearl Street in Macomb, can accept shoes Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and the first Saturday of the month from 8:00 am to noon; and Maple City Recycling Center, 614 South 3rd Street, Monmouth, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The collection only accepts old, used athletic and walking shoes with no metal parts. No shoes with metal parts, such as zippers, eyelets, studs, or motion lights, and no sandals, boots or dress shoes will be accepted. Once a specific quantity of shoes is collected, they are sent to the Nike Corporation who will grind the shoes into "Nike Grind," a material that can be used to make new sports surfaces for soccer and football fields, basketball and tennis courts, and tracks and playground surfaces.
For more information, call Tri-County Resource & Waste Management Council Solid Waste Coordinator Chad Braatz at 309-331-4782 or the Maple City Recycling Center at 309-734-6939.
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 309-331-4782.
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APRIL 22, 2010
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|WHERE TO RECYCLE YOUR CFLs!
|You can now drop off your CFL bulbs at health departments in Knox, Warren and McDonough counties.
Make sure you put the bulb in a plastic bag
when transporting it to a drop-off site!
Click here for more drop-off sites in Illinois
Click here to view CFL disposal video
|WHERE TO TAKE UNWANTED MEDS FOR FREE DISPOSAL!|
|CHECK THE LIST BELOW FOR THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT CLOSEST TO YOU. TAKE ALL YOUR MEDS IN A ZIP LOCK BAG!|
Fulton Co. Health Dept.
Hancock Co. Health Dept.
Henderson Co. Health Dept.
Knox Co. Health Dept.
McDonough Co. Health Dept.
Mercer Co. Health Dept.
Warren Co. Health Dept.