Peoria County – The recycling drop-off sites at Northpoint Shopping Center on Knoxville Avenue and at Sterling Bazaar on Sterling Avenue have been closed as of today, January 18.
“With the expansion of the City of Peoria’s recycling program, it is becoming easier than ever to recycle in the home. Utilizing curbside recycling programs is the most efficient way for people to recycle,” states Karen Raithel, Peoria County’s Sustainability and Resource Conservation Director. “I encourage residents to investigate curbside recycling programs in their community.”
Raithel says that illegal dumping was also a factor in the decision to permanently close the sites. The amount of unacceptable materials that were left at these two sites had grown to such a degree that an overabundance of labor and resources were being used to combat the issue and keep the sites clean.
Peoria County has sponsored the two urban recycling drop-off sites in Peoria since the early 1990s. The Sustainability and Resource Conservation Office would like to thank the community partners who supported these recycling initiatives over the past 20 years: D. Joseph Companies and the property management firms that provided space at these shopping centers for free; Peoria Disposal Company (PDC), who collected the recyclables; and the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office, whose Ecology Crew helped manage the sites.
Peoria County also thanks all the patrons who helped divert thousands of tons of recyclables from our local landfill. The department’s hope is that with the increased access to curbside recycling, citizens will find it even easier to recycle, as they won’t have to make a special trip to a drop-off point.
The County continues to sponsor a recycling drop-off site at Peoria County’s Highway North Station, located at 9291 Parks School Road in Princeville. It accepts paper, cardboard, metal cans, plastic containers, and glass bottles. The Peoria City/County Landfill also has a recycling drop-off area located at 11501 W Cottonwood Road, Edwards.
City of Peoria residents should call PDC at 309-674-5176 (option 1) to request a 95-gallon cart, no deposit required. Peoria County residents can view other local recycling programs at www.peoriacounty.org/recycle.