Fall Metal Mania Oct. 22

LOVES PARK—Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful—the only regional affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc.—will hold its annual Fall Metals Recycling Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Machesney Park Mall parking lot south of the J.C. Penney Outlet store. Last year, 125 tons of scrap metal were collected for recycling in the organization’s spring and fall metals drives, saving them from area landfills. An additional 56 tons were collected in the Spring 2005 Metals Drive.

So, don’t fling that metal filing cabinet in your Dumpster; bring it along with your nonfunctional copy machine, fencing, metal desks, appliances, electronics, copper pipes, motors, coat racks, commercial ovens, patio furniture, aluminum siding, steel doors and shelving to the 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 Appliance will once again be on hand to properly handle freezers and refrigerators at a new low price of $10 per unit. Additionally, small propane tanks will be accepted for a charge of $10 per tank. Again this year, the Metals Drive will also take computer monitors 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 Riverside Community Bank, Behr Iron and Steel and Rubloff Development Group.

Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit public education organization founded in 1988. Its mission is to improve the environment through education, public awareness and community involvement. This is accomplished through individual and corporate partnerships and ongoing strategic alliances with private citizens, businesses and local interest organizations. Annually, hundreds of volunteers help clean up, beautify and improve their neighborhoods through the Great American Cleanup.

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

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

239,720 pounds of clothing were collected for reuse in developing countries as well as here, in America;

216 tons of materials were collected at its nonprofit Recycling Center in Roscoe;

30,000 Christmas trees were chipped into mulch;

More than 12,000 crayons were recycled; and

4,200-plus public and private school children were taught the importance of environmental stewardship through the group’s environmental education program.

To join or learn more about Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful, call (815) 637-1343, or e-mail wrcb@inwave.com.

From the Oct. 19-25, 2005, issue

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