Recycling Center celebrates 17 years of stateline service

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A recycling program that has quietly made a steady impact on improving the environment in the stateline is Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful’s all-volunteer, non-profit Recycling Center Roscoe. Open every Saturday, from 9 a.m. until noon, the Recycling Center is located in the parking of Waste Management off Highway 251 just north of Roscoe.

Now in its 17th year, the Recycling Center,manned by volunteers, accepts glass and plastic containers, laser and ink jet printer cartridges, metal cans, aluminum, corrugated cardboard and paper products at no cost to stateline residents.

Each year, the Recycling Center quietly collects more than 130 tons of recyclable material. During the first six months of 2007, the Recycling Center has already collected more than 65 tons of material, including: 40 tons of paper, 17 tons of glass, plastic and tin plus 6 tons of cardboard.

“Green Queen” Lori Gummow, executive director of Northern Illinois Beautiful, is proud of the work being done by its many volunteers.

“Our members know that it takes more than a tax-deductible donation to improve the environment,” said Gummow. “They personally practice the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle and through their volunteer efforts they are helping other stateline residents do the same by donating many hours at the Recycling Center and our many recycling events.”

Even though the state of Illinois does not either mandate or support recycling efforts like Wisconsin, its neighbor to the north, Gummow believes that the efforts of her organization and its volunteers are making a difference.

“Each year, we see more and more people participating in our recycling events,” said Gummow. That tells us that we are making a difference, and it makes all of us want to try even harder to make the stateline clean and beautiful…and keep it that way.”

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful is always looking for environmentally-conscious stateline residents to join them in their many recycling programs. Those interested in becoming a member or a volunteer can call (815) 637-1343, or go to

from the Aug 1-7, 2007, issue

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