Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful holds fall Metals and Electronics Drive

Staff Report

The Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Fall Metals and Electronics Drive is set for Saturday, October 3 at 8750 N. 2nd Street in Machesney Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the south lot of Machesney Town Center. Twice a year about 80 volunteers at this event assist recyclers dropping off old or non-working laptops and computers, tools, pots and pans, printers, hair dryers, cell phones, water heaters, holiday lights, barbecue grills, lawn mowers, swings, gutters, metal pipes and other household and office cast-offs to keep them out of landfills or from becoming roadside eyesores.

“Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful provides residents a way to properly dispose of tons of electronics which are now illegal to throw in the trash, while avoiding overloading our landfills or polluting our groundwater with reusable, recyclable metals,” said Lori Gummow, executive director of Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful. “Please note, we are not permitted to accept televisions,” she added.

Most items can be dropped off at no charge. However, there is a $10 fee for appliances containing Freon: dehumidifiers, refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners. There is also a $10 fee to dispose of each barbecue-type propane tank. Hazardous materials will not be accepted.

At the drive, Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful 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, 23 WIFR/Gray Television and Mid-West Family Broadcasting.

Since 1988, Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful, a Keep America Beautiful affiliate, has been actively protecting the beauty of the Stateline by promoting reduction, reuse and recycling of resources. For additional information, to volunteer, or for answers to environmental waste questions, visit,, or call 815-637-1343.

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