Metals and electronics recycling drive May 7 at Machesney Park Mall

Volunteers David Feuillerat and Mike Lichte collect printers at Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful’s Metals and Electronics Drive last year. (Photo provided)

Staff Report

LOVES PARK, Ill.—Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) will hold a metals and electronics recycling drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 7.

The event will be at Machesney Park Mall in the south parking lot, near JC Penney Outlet.

Items accepted at no charge include snow blowers and lawn mowers (remove gas and oil), metal shovels, washers, dryers, microwaves, toaster ovens, stoves, computers, stereos, metal file cabinets and desks, metal shelving, copy machines, bikes, fencing, patio furniture, aluminum siding, scrap metal, car batteries and cell phones. Virtually all metal items will be accepted.

Televisions are no longer accepted.

Items accepted for a $10 fee each include refrigerators, freezers, propane tanks, air conditioners and dehumidifiers. The fee covers the cost of decanting and tagging the items for proper EPA disposal.

According to KNIB Executive Director Lori Gummow: “After Jan. 1, 2012, the Illinois Electronic Products Recycling & Reuse Act (State Bill 2313) will ban the disposal of computers, monitors, laptops, printers and a wide array of electronics from landfills.

We will take all of these items at our Drive. In 2010, we collected over 155,000 pounds of recyclable materials from 1,574 households. Electronic waste or e-waste is one of the fastest-growing waste streams on the planet. State Bill 2313 is one of the nation’s most aggressive e-waste laws.”

For more information, call KNIB at (815) 637-1343 or visit

From the April 27-May 3, 2011, issue

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