Diane & Jim LaForge Unload Computer Monitors
Despite threatening weather in the spring and mid-summer like sun in October, cars were lined up all day to unload scrap metal and electronic components. At times the lihe stretched around the back of Machesney Mall and for many the wait was 20 minutes or more. But most were willing to wait to keep their items from going to the landfill.
More than 1,900 people dropped off items ranging from an old lawnmower to broken tools to just plain scrap metal. But mostly it was outdated computer equipment; monitors, CPU’s, printers, keyboards, etc. Almost 2,000 computer monitors were taken for recycling. Virtually every component in a outdated monitor can be recycled or reused.
Effective January 1, 2012, electronic items will no longer be accepted at the landfills in Illinois. Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful is licensed and approved by the State of Illinois as a collector of all electronics devices since 2010.
Our volunteers invested 550 hours of their Saturdays to help keep our local environment clear of waste. Thanks to all the volunteers who worked from early morning on, and special thanks to the hundreds of drivers who waited patiently as the line progressed.
Sponsors for this annual Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful event included, Behr Metsls, Coca-Cola, Gray’s IGA, Great Harvest Bread, By The Dozen Donut shop, Woodman’s Market, Port-A-Jon of Roscoe and Ringland-Johnson Construction.
Watch for the next
Metals & Electronics Drive
Saturday, May 5, 2012
at Machesney Mall, South Parking Lot