Tri-County Regional Collection Facility Now Collects Mercury Thermostats
|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
|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?"
|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.
Warren County Courthouse/Monmouth
Macomb/ Location TBA
McDonough Co. Law & Legal Committee
Mercer Co. Board
Warren Co. Board
ILLINOIS RECYCLING CONFERENCE
May 11 & 12
June 22 & 23
June 1 & 2
June 8 & 9
A MOMENT IN HISTORY AT THE TCRCF!
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
|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
|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.
Schuyler Co. Health Dept.
Warren Co. Health Dept.