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2017 Community Shred Days
- Confidential On-site Paper Shredding/Midwest Fiber sponsored events
- Heartland Bank's sponsored events
Plastic Bottle Caps
Everybody knows that plastic bottles can be recycled, but what about their caps? Yes they can be recycled! Thanks to improved sorting processes, we can recycle plastic bottle caps with no added effort! Just empty the contents of the bottle, put the cap on, and toss it in the recycling bin. In fact, this works for shampoo bottles, laundry detergent, peanut butter jars, and most common household items too. As always, check locally to see what your local recycling program accepts.
Illinois Law Bans Electronics from Landfills
A new state law goes into effect January 1, 2012 banning 17 types of electronics from landfills. There are plenty of local recycling and reuse services to make it easy on you.
Beginning January 1, 2012, the following electronic items are banned from Illinois landfills (P.A. 97-0287) from all sources under penalty of law:
- Computers (including desktop, notebook, netbook or tablet)
- Facsimile Machines
- Electronic Mice
- Small Scale Servers
- Electronic Keyboards
- Video Game
- Cable Receivers
- Digital Converter Boxes
- Videocassette Recorders (VCR)
- Digital Video Disc (DVD) Recorders and Players
- Portable Digital Music Players (MP3, iPod)
- Satellite Receivers
Manufacturers, not government, are funding recycling of residential items through registered recyclers. Local programs accepting electronics include the following, but call ahead for program limits and hours or sell them online for cash or gift cards.
Retail-Sponsored Electronics / Computer Recycling
ATR - Advanced Technology Recycling
8202 N University, Peoria, IL * 309-691-7230 * Accepts TVs and monitors and a variety of other electronics
ATR provides a resource for businesses and the public to recycle their electronics while following a zero-waste-to-landfill policy. ATR offers complete office and electronics recycling, e-waste equipment recycling and secure data destruction process. ATR is open to the public and area businesses.
By using Office Depot's Tech Recycling Service, you can help turn tech trash into useful raw materials.
Best Buy stores also offer kiosks for rechargeable battery, cell phone and inkjet cartridge recycling.
Simply take your unwanted electronics, any brand, any condition, to a participating Goodwill store or donation drop-off site. Goodwill will refurbish or recycle the equipment, benefiting communities and putting people to work. Read a list of items that are accepted. (TVs not accepted)
To make the donation process a smooth one and, most importantly, protect your privacy and prevent identity theft, Goodwill recommends you remove all data from your computer hard drive before donating a computer, with the exception of the operating system. Find a Reconnect drop-off location near you.
2022 Townline Road, Peoria IL * 309-691-5015 * Accepts TVs and monitor and a variety of other electronics
Kuusakoski is a new facility that accepts electronics including televisions, computers, audio or visual components, and small appliances. This facility opened in 2014.
Household Hazardous Waste
General Tips on Disposal of household hazardous waste:
- Buy what you need and only the amount you need
- If product exceeds your needs, ask friends, neighbors, charitable groups if they can use them.
Peoria County has an application on file with the Illinois EPA to host a household hazardous waste event. With the downsized program budget, only 7 to 9 events are scheduled for the entire state. Check here for the current schedules of events. Illinois state-sponsored events are open to all Illinois residents. There are 4 permanent facilities open to residents year round. Check out the closest location in Rockford, Illinois.
Contain no hazardous components and can be disposed of in regular trash pickup after solidifying paint. Open cans in well-ventilated area to dry thoroughly. You may also introduce absorbents such as kitty litter, oil dry, or other similar materials and dry.
Remember to Keep Recycling Drop-Off Sites Clean!
- Place accepted materials in bins - bins may be full but more materials can be shoved inside
- Break down/flatten cardboard boxes
- Flatten plastic bottles
- Do not unload garbage, tires, furniture, yard waste, electronics as this necessitates government staff to divert staff time and resources. With limited and shrinking budgets, drop-offs will likely close if improperly used.
- Peoria County residents can take advantage of disposing materials at the local landfill at no charge. There are exceptions to this program. Not eligible for free disposal are the following items: building materials, construction and demolition debris, siding, roofing materials, windows, and yard waste.
Reminder that tires and electronics are banned from Illinois landfills. See proper disposal sites listed in Recycling Locations brochure.
Sign Up for Your Community's Curbside Recycling Program
Available in these Peoria County communities:
- City of Peoria: 309-674-5176
- Brimfield, Chillicothe and Dunlap: 309-274-4589
- Bartonville, Peoria Heights and Princeville: 888-932-2936
- West Peoria: 309-694-6246
- Hanna City and Elmwood: 309-742-4177
- XWaste customers: 309-353-4388
What Do Your Recyclables Become
Everyday materials like plastic, paper, aluminum and glass can be recycled into a variety of new items. By making the choice to recycle, you are giving these products new life.
After recyclables are picked up at the curb, they are often sent to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), which is a specialized plant that receives, separates and prepares recyclable materials for marketing to end-user manufacturers.
Read on to discover what products can be made from items in your recycling bin.
These items are shredded and melted into pellets. Manufacturers use the different types of pellets to make new plastic products. For example, laundry detergent bottles might become buckets, toys or stadium seats. Milk or juice containers might end up as plastic lumber, outdoor play sets or new containers. Additionally, carpet, fleece and winter jacket insulation could contain materials from a recycled soda or water bottle.
Paper & Cardboard
Paper and cardboard are separated by type and then transported to a paper mill where the material is shredded and mixed into a pulp to make new products. Newspaper might become an egg carton, paper plate or construction paper. Magazines are often turned into newspapers or paperboard packaging. Junk mail and office paper are processed into facial and toilet tissue. Recycled paperboard is made into new paperboard, paper towel rolls and paper backing for roof shingles. Cardboard boxes usually get a second life as paper bags or paperboard.
Aluminum & Tin Cans
Aluminum cans are often shredded and melted to make new cans or foil. Because there is no loss in quality when melting down aluminum, it is possible to recycle this material indefinitely. In order to recycle tin cans, processing plants separate the steel from the tin. Steel, which is also infinitely recyclable, can then be used to make everything from bicycle and car parts to steel beams and rebar, household appliances or new cans.
Like aluminum and steel, glass can be recycled indefinitely and manufacturing recycled glass into new bottles or jars uses fewer resources than starting from scratch. Glass is melted down in order to make new containers or crushed into small shards and used for making bricks, paved surface and sports turf.
Schools & Libraries End of Year Textbook Recycling
No need to remove covers. Keeps more materials out of the landfill.
- Softback books
- Hardback books
- Spiral bound books
Call 309-353-3333 to schedule pick up!