Ogle County offers helpful reminders for recycling and managing waste
The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department (OCSWMD) funds and maintains six recycling stations throughout the county.
These stations are located in Byron, Forreston, Monroe Center, Polo, Oregon and Rochelle.
Recycling bins are also located in Hillcrest and at the Orchard Hills Landfill in Davis Junction.
The bins are co-mingled which means aluminum and steel cans, glass, plastic, paperboard, cardboard, office paper and newspaper can be placed in them.
These bins are for residential use for those who don’t have access to curbside recycling, and all boxes and plastic jugs need to be flattened.
Businesses wishing to recycle should contact OCSWMD.
Monthly electronic take back programs are also offered by OCSWMD the last Friday of each month from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 909 Pines Road in Oregon at the County Annex Building garage.
A full list of items accepted through these programs is available at oglecounty.org.
Appliances, dehumidifiers, coffee makers, lamps, vacuums, air conditioners and power tools should not be brought to the take back programs.
OCSWMD also receives several complains in spring about open burning of waste.
The only waste which can be burned is landscape waste generated on the property and cannot be transported to another property to be burned.
Garbage, construction and demolition debris and other waste cannot be burned and needs to be taken to a sanitary landfill for disposal.
Be sure when burning landscape waste to monitor the fire at all times, burn on days when the weather, especially wind, won’t be an issue and burn only dry waste.
For questions about recycling and waste disposal options in Ogle County contact the OCSWMD at 815-732-4020.