Metals and Electronics Drive Oct. 4

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful volunteers Dan an Bill Frank work last spring’s Metals and Electronics Drive. The next event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4,  in the south lot of Machesney Town Center (formerly Machesney Park Mall). Volunteers may pre-register at (815) 637-1343. (Photo provided)
Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful volunteers Dan an Bill Frank work last spring’s Metals and Electronics Drive. The next event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, in the south lot of Machesney Town Center (formerly Machesney Park Mall). Volunteers may pre-register at (815) 637-1343. (Photo provided)

Staff Report

LOVES PARK, Illinois — The Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) Fall Metals and Electronics Drive is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, at 8750 N. Second St., Machesney Park, in the south lot of Machesney Town Center (formerly Machesney Park Mall).

We are more than happy to help residents properly dispose and recycle metals and electronics, diverting them from our local landfills,” said Lori Gummow, executive director of KNIB.

Twice a year, about 90 volunteers assist recyclers at Machesney Park Town Center who drop off such items as old appliances, laptops, dehumidifiers, irons, pots and pans, printers, hair dryers, cell phones, water heaters, holiday lights, rusted grills, and other household and office cast-offs.

However, we are not able to accept televisions,” Gummow noted.

While most items can be dropped off free, there is a $10 fee for decanting Freon from appliances such as refrigerators, and $10 for disposal of each grill-type propane tank.

As an environmental education and preservation organization, KNIB holds its metals and electronics drive the first Saturdays of May and October, partly to help residents prevent environmental hazards and also to keep the items from becoming roadside eyesores.

A list of electronic items banned from household trash in Illinois can be found at www.knib/greenguide/. KNIB has received a grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to help educate the community about this issue and the 2012 law.

At the drive, KNIB partners with Behr Iron and Metal to sort, bundle, crush, haul away and recycle the materials donated. Event support is also provided by the Winnebago County Sherriff’s Department and media partners The Rock River Times and 23 WIFR/Gray Television.

For 26 years, KNIB has been actively protecting the beauty of the stateline by promoting reduction, reuse and recycling of resources. Visit www.knib.org or www.facebook.com/keepnorthernillinoisbeautiful, or call (815) 637-1343.

From the Sept. 24-30, 2014, issue

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