Celebrate America Recycles Day in Ogle County

From the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department

OREGON, Illinois — Saturday, Nov. 15, is America Recycles Day and is a day to remind us that we all can reduce waste and return materials to good use through recycling. Recycling processes used or waste materials and makes them again suitable for use in new products. Many items thrown away can be recycled if time is taken to find out how to do it.

The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department (OCSWMD) offers five recycling stations around the county and is a very successful program. These recycling stations are in Byron, Forreston, Monroe Center, Oregon and Rochelle to offer residents without a curbside recycling program a chance to recycle certain items. Two additional recycling sites are in Polo (provided by Moring Disposal) and at the Orchard Hills Landfill (provided by Advanced Disposal Services), which accept the same items for recycling.

To ensure proper recycling and continued success of the program, remember these recycling guidelines. Only place accepted materials into the containers. Each location has information on this. Clean out metal, plastic and glass containers, and place the lids back on the plastic containers. Flatten all cardboard boxes and plastic jugs and bottles so more can fit into the bin. Do not place full garbage bags of recycling materials into the bin, empty the bags out and use them again. Do not place wet, dirty, food-contaminated items or any Styrofoam into the bins. If the bin is full, attempt to make more room with the push stick or wait another day, as the bin will be emptied soon. Do not leave items on the deck for recycling and do not place garbage into the bins. This program is for residents who do not have a curbside recycling program and is not intended for business use. If you live in town, take advantage of your curbside recycling program. Most cities and villages in Ogle County include recycling in their waste hauling contracts. The items accepted for recycling are the same as in the county drop-off recycling program. If your curbside bin is not large enough, contact your city hall or waste hauler to request an additional one. These are often provided at no additional cost. You can even use your own tub or trash can and mark it for recycling.

Celebrate America Recycles Day by doing your part to recycle each and every day to make good use of materials and to reduce reliance on landfills. If you have any questions about recycling, call the OCSWMD at (815) 732-4020 or visit www.oglecounty.org.

Posted Nov. 12, 2014 Issue.

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