Clean & Beautiful holds metals drive May 1

Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful—the only regional affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc.—will hold its annual Spring Metals Recycling Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 1, at Machesney Park Mall parking lot south of the J.C. Penney Outlet store. Last year, 122 tons of scrap metal were collected for recycling in the organization’s spring and fall metals drives, saving them from area landfills.

So don’t fling that metal filling cabinet in your trash container. Bring it along with your nonfunctioning copy machines, fencing, metal desks, appliances, electronics, copper pipes, motors, coat racks, commercial ovens, patio furniture, aluminum siding, steel doors and shelving to Clean & Beautiful’s Spring Metals Drive. If the item is primarily metal, it can be accepted. This is a free opportunity to dispose of metal items, regardless of where residents live or work.

“Our metals drive offers an extraordinary opportunity for area residents to get rid of their unwanted metals while protecting the environment,” said Lori Gummow, executive director of Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful. “It is also extremely cost effective since most items can be dropped off for free. When you look at how much communities and landfills charge for disposing of refrigerators and other metals—if they will take them at all—Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful is offering a true bargain to our communities.”

Al Grace will again be on hand to properly handle freezers and refrigerators at a charge of $15 per unit. Additionally, small propane tanks will be accepted at a charge of $20 per monitor. Please remember that air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and television sets are not accepted.

The Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful Spring Metals Drive is made possible by the generous support of Behr Iron & Steel, Rubloff Development and Riverside Community Bank.

Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful is a volunteer-driven, non-profit public education organization founded in 1988. Its mission is to provide education, public awareness and service to the community with regard to local preservation of our world’s resources and solid waste management.

Thanks to the efforts of Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful and its more than 200 members and volunteers, in the past year:

122 tons of metals were collected, saving them from landfills;

213,000 pounds of clothing were collected for reuse in developing countries as well as here, in America;

216 tons of materials were collected at its non-profit Recycling Center in Roscoe;

More than 800 pounds of greeting card fronts were saved from area landfills and are benefiting the St. Jude Children’s Ranch;

Hundreds of coats were collected and donated to needy children;

More than 15,000 crayons were recycled; and

Thousands of public and private school children were taught the importance of environmental stewardship through its environmental education program.

To join or to learn more about Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful, call 815-637-1343, or e-mail

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