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Recycling and Conservation: What's New


Peoria-area residents are being asked to bring out any outdated electronic items for a May 14 recycling event to be hosted by Senator Weaver's office.

The event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm at the Kuusakoski Recycling Center located at 2022 Townline Road in Peoria. 

Televisions, computers, monitors, printers, VCRs, DVD players and telephones are just a few of the acceptable items being collected. Attendees are strongly encouraged to “wipe” all hard drives on any old computers brought to the event. There is a TWO per/car limit on TVs. They will not accept batteries, lightbulbs, freon, large appliances or microwaves.

Free informational legislative brochures will also be available. Constituents are invited to contact the Senator’s office at 309.693.4921 or by E-mail at


Contamination Continues to Hurt Recycling Efforts

Cities across the country are examining methods to cut back, or even eliminate, recycling programs to save money, even though industry experts say costs could be cut by just encouraging residents to be more responsible.

Recycling costs are rising—in some cases even doubling—in communities across the United States. This is coupled with less demand for recycled materials internationally and lower oil prices driving down the costs of producing new materials. Yet industry experts say enough demand still exists to fund recycling. The problem instead is that municipalities and residents inject too much garbage into the recycling stream, clogging sorting facilities and requiring more time and labor to remove.

“We’re seeing some local governments are evaluating their recycling operations, and a handful of them are moving toward making cuts to respond to some of the cost pressures,” says David Biderman, executive director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America. “The problem is, they’re unknowingly causing the increases by allowing residents to clog up the recycled waste stream with non-recyclable components.

By and large Americans support recycling efforts, but as the rules have changed in terms of what can and can’t be recycled and the implementation of single stream systems leads to the the wrong materials ending up in the stream.

“It’s really more important for the individual customer to keep out contaminants,” Biderman says. “The processing facilities are seeing a substantial amount of non-recycling waste thrown in, or with waste resident, and it costs time to remove that material—thus causing facilities to charge the haulers more. Those rates get passed on to the cities.”

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. 

Peoria County Courthouse Places 2nd in Peoria Area GOC

The Peoria County Courthouse was awarded a 2nd Place finish in the inaugural Peoria Area Green Office Challenge.  The Green Office Challenge is a six month contest among office buildings in Peoria area, Bloomington-Normal and Champaign-Urbana communities.  Organizations that participated were awarded points based on efficiency improvements and employee awareness.  This friendly competition to achieve energy and water conservation and waste reduction ran from October 2014 through April 2015.  Contestants could select from 50 Activities that were divided into six categories:  outreach and education, purchasing, energy, transportation, waste, and water.  Good job to employees for their involvement to making Peoria County a more sustainable community.

Congratulations to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Construction Engineering Reseach Laboratories in Champaign - they were the overall 2015 champion!  Kudos to the Peoria Charter Coach Plaza for achieving First Place for Peoria Area and Dewberry for a Third Place finish.  A total of 33 locations signed up for the downstate challenge.  

Want to incorporate sustainable practices in your small business but need help?  Start with reading this helpful resource 


Eagle Enterprises offers curbside recycling to Bartonville residents

Bartonville homeowners can take advantage of recycling right at your Eagle Enterprises to get your bin today - 888-932-2936


Grant Funds for Rural Residential Recycling

Rural Residential Recycling Grant Application 

Building Sustainable Communities 

Peoria County is working to provide recycling opportunities in small towns facing unique challenges that make programs expensive.  Take advantage of this program offering grant funds to engage your community to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Applications Due:  Anytime.  Funds given out on first-come, first-served basis until depleted.


School Recycling & Waste Reduction Grants Available

Peoria County's Office of Sustainability and Resource Conservation Department is offering School Recycling/Waste Reduction grants. Schools within Peoria County may apply to receive up to $300 in waste reduction materials, or $600 if a school representative attends a waste reduction workshop presented by Peoria County's recycling educator. 

Waste reduction materials and resources will help schools become more active participants in our community's waste reduction efforts. Grant items include lapboards, worksheet covers, various recycling and compost bins, and field trip funds. Grant applications are due June 12 and are available here. The final teacher workshop (to increase funding to $600) is June 5. For more information or to register for the workshop call 681-2550.

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Rain Barrels for sale

Contact Peoria County Soil and Water Conservation District for a rain barrel.  6715 N. Smith Rd. – Edwards, IL 61528 – Phone (309) 671-7040, Ext. 3 – Fax (309) 671-7325


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