Save a tree, recycle your old phonebooks

LOVES PARK—New telephone directories are being distributed throughout our area. Instead of throwing out your old phonebooks in the trash, why not help out our local environment by recycling them?

Lori Gummow, executive director of Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful, encourages you to place your outdated phonebooks in your curbside recycling bin or take them to Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful’s Recycling Center, the only all-volunteer-staffed and operated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 from 9 a.m. until noon, and is in the Waste Management parking lot on the frontage road (past McMurry Road and Route 251) in Roscoe.

“Each spring, our homes and businesses are flooded with phonebooks from competing telephone companies,” said Gummow. “That means the old phonebooks either get stacked up in a closet or garage, or people simply throw their old phonebooks in the trash, needlessly filling up area landfills. Instead, if residents locally and nationwide recycled their phonebooks, our landfills would last longer, and millions of trees would be saved each year. Thanks to recycling in Illinois alone, each year enough paper is recycled and reused to save 53.3 million trees.”

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

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

Plastic containers (coded #2—all; #1—necked bottles only; six-pack rings);

Laser/ink jet cartridges;

Metal cans (food cans only);

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

Corrugated cardboard;

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

Cell phones.

Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful is a volunteer-driven nonprofit public education organization founded in 1988. Its mission is to improve our environment through education, public awareness and community involvement.

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

From the May 31-June 6, 2006, issue

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