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Talkin' Trash Newsletter
Volume 16 - Issue 2
Tri-County Resource & Waste Management Council




Providing recycling news for communities,
businesses and schools
  

In the Newsletter
TCRCF Offers Mercury Thermostat Recycling
Landfill Ban Generates Confusing Labels
What is the Definition of a "Portable TV?"
Must Do Dates...
A Moment in History at the TCRCF
Where to Recycle Your CFLs
Where to Take Unwanted Meds
Tri-County Regional Collection Facility Now Collects Mercury Thermostats 
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It is against the law to throw your mercury thermostat in the trash.  The TCRCF makes it easy for you to stay legal!
 

 In 2010, the Mercury Thermostat Collection Act was passed in an effort to keep mercury from entering the environment.  Wall-mounted mercury-switch thermostats are a major source of mercury in the solid waste stream. Thermostats may be broken when disposed of by traditional methods, allowing mercury to be released into the air and eventually settling into water or onto land. In response to the need to properly dispose of mercury thermostats, starting immediately, the Tri-County Regional Collection Facility (TCRCF) is helping businesses and residents to follow the law by collecting mercury-switch thermostats. "We are happy to be able to provide this service of collecting thermostats in Macomb. Mercury is bad for the environment which is why the state of Illinois has made it illegal to throw old thermostats in the trash. The TCRCF is the only facility in this area that can provide this service to residences and businesses alike," stated Solid Waste Coordinator Chad Braatz.

 

Braatz requests the following measures be taken when bringing mercury thermostats to the facility, in order to comply with recycling guidelines:  

  • All thermostats must be whole and intact with original covers;  
  • Facility will not accept wall-mount mercury switch thermostats (no batteries, fluorescent lights or other items containing mercury);
  • The facility will not accept loose mercury bulbs, liquid (elemental) mercury, thermostats leaking mercury, or other mercury-containing products.

The collection facility is located at 510 North Pearl Street in Macomb and open Tuesday through Friday 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and the first Saturday of the month from 8:00 am to noon.  The service is free.  For more information, call (309) 331-4782.   

Landfill Electronics Ban Generates
Confusing Labels
 

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Just think - Tri-County Regional Collection Facility
 
The landfill ban of electronics has produced new stickers placed on items or garbage cans left behind at the curb on residents' trash days.
The above stop sign label only frustrated customers and left them to their own methods of disposal of electronics left by the trash collectors.  The stop sign sticker was then replaced with the one below. The Tri-County Regional Collection Facility (TCRCF) and Waste Management worked together to provide a sticker which gave recycling directions to the customers - answering what, how and where questions. Read more...
What is the Definition of  a "Portable TV?"

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With no restrictions on television size and no recycling fee, the facility is getting packed with monster TVs!


It used to be that console televisions were not accepted at the Tri-County Regional Collection Facility, but now, no size is too big. Above, facility employee, Gene Frakes handles a "portable" TV with assistance from volunteer, Brian Kroeger. Televisions are prepared for shipping at the facility and shipped to URT in Janesville, Wisconsin, in partnership with Vintage Tech of Romeoville, Illinois.

           

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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MUST DO....DATES
TCR&WMC
May 21
Warren County Courthouse/Monmouth
7:00 pm
July 23
Macomb/ Location TBA
6:00 pm

McDonough Co. Law & Legal Committee

May 7
June 4
July 2
McDonough Co.
Courthouse/ Macomb
7:00 pm

Mercer Co. Board

May 1
June 5
July 3
Mercer County
Courthouse/Aledo
7:00 pm

Mercer Co.

Recycling Board

May 24
CES Office/Aledo
7:00 pm

Warren Co. Board

June 13
Warren County
Courthouse/Monmouth
9:30 am


 EARTH DAY 

April 22

 

ILLINOIS RECYCLING CONFERENCE 

 

TOWNSHIP CLEANUPS

Industry  

May 11 & 12

Bethel

June 16

Preemption

June 22 & 23

 

(Unconfirmed dates)

Scotland

May 19

Hale

June 1 & 2

Macomb

June 8 & 9 

 

 

 

A MOMENT IN HISTORY AT THE TCRCF!  
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ARCHEOLOGICAL DISCOVERY OF ANCIENT SPRAY PAINT CAN!

Unlike archeologists, the staff at the TCRCF do not have to dig too deep to discover objects of historical significance. Observe the above spray paint can.

The first spray can filled with an aluminum colored paint was invented in 1949 by Edward Seymour in Chicago, Illinois.

The above empty spray paint can was sold by ACE stores and appears to be at least 60 years old. 

Another stunning fact  - the TCRCF has processed almost 13,000 pounds of paint from 267 households this year!  Please note that we are only into 2012 for four months!



WHERE TO RECYCLE YOUR CFLs
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You can now drop off your CFL bulbs at health departments in Knox, McDonough and Warren 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
CFL
CHECK THE LIST BELOW FOR   THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT CLOSEST TO YOU. TAKE ALL YOUR MEDS IN A ZIP LOCK BAG.

Fulton Co. Health Dept.
Canton/309-647-1134

Hancock Co. Health Dept.
Carthage/1-800-422-8218

Henderson Co. Health Dept.
Gladstone/309-627-2812

Knox Co. Health Dept.
Galesburg/309-344-2224

McDonough Co. Health Dept.
Macomb/309-837-9951

Mercer Co. Health Dept.
Aledo/309-582-3761

Schuyler Co. Health Dept.
Rushville/217-322-4734

Warren Co. Health Dept.
Monmouth/309-734-1314

QUICK LINKS

TCR&WMC