Save a tree; recycle old phone books

LOVES PARK—New telephone directories are now being distributed throughout the area. Instead of simply throwing your old phone books in the trash, Green Queen Lori Gummow, executive director of Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful, encourages you to recycle your old phone books by placing them in your curbside recycling bin, or by taking them to Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful’s Recycling Center, the only all-volunteer staffed and operated recycling center in the region.

The recycling center is open year round on Saturdays (excluding when the wind chill dips below 0), from 9 a.m. until noon, and is located in the Waste Management parking lot on the frontage road (past McMurry Road and Route 251) in Roscoe.

In addition to phone books, the Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful Recycling Center accepts the following items at no cost to you:

u Glass containers (food jars and bottles only—green, brown and clear)

u Plastic containers (coded No. 2—all; No. 1—water, soda and clear liquor bottles only; six-pack rings)

u Laser/ink jet cartridges

u Metal cans (food cans only with labels removed)

u Aluminum (cans, aluminum scrap, foil, pie tins, etc.)

u Corrugated cardboard

u Paper (newspapers, slicks, inserts, junk mail, paper bags, office paper, computer paper, chipboard, magazines)

“Each spring, our homes and businesses are flooded with phone books from competing telephone companies,” said Gummow. “That means the old phone books either get stuck up in a closet or garage, or even worse, people simply throw their old phone books in the trash, needlessly filling up area landfills. Instead, if residents locally and nationwide recycled their phone books, our landfills would last longer, and millions of trees would be saved each year.”

According to Gummow, in Illinois alone—thanks to recycling—each year enough paper is recycled and reused to save 53.3 million trees. That’s a big improvement over past decades, but Illinoisans can and must do much better.

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:

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

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

u 216 tons of materials were collected at Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful’s non-profit recycling center in Roscoe;

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

u Hundreds of coats were collected and donated to needy children.

u More than 15,000 crayons were recycled; and

u Thousands of public and private school children were taught the importance of environmental stewardship through Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful’s environmental education program.

To learn more about the 3 Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle), or to join Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful, call (815) 637-1343, or e-mail

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