Recycling and Conservation: Locations
Please check back to this page often as programs are added, closed, or adjust accepted items.
CHANGES in 2017: ATR is accepting televisions and monitors as of 1/17/17. There is no cost for in-tact items; limit of 10 items. Residents only. Exposed tube television sets will be charged a fee.
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2017 Community Shred Days
COPS/Midwest Fiber sponsored events http://www.cops-shred.com/resource-center/community-shred-days
Heartland Bank's sponsored events hbtbank.com/shred-days
Confidential On-Site Paper Shredding sponsored events http://www.cops-shred.com/resource-center/community-shred-days
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.
Televisions Computers (including desktop /notebook/netbook/tablet)
Monitors Printers Scanners Facsimile Machines Electronic Mice Small Scale Servers
Electronic Keyboards Video Game Consoles Cable Receivers Digital Converter Boxes
Videocassette Recorders (VCR) Digital Video Disc (DVD) Recorders & Players
Portable Digital Music Players (MP3, IPod, etc) 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:
- ATR - 8202 N University, Peoria; 309-691-7230 * NEW HOURS * see below or view recycling locations Accepts TVs and monitors
- Best Buy - 309-689-0277 *** No longer accepting TVs or computer monitors ***
- Goodwill Industries - various stores
- Kuusakoski Recycling - 2022 Townline Rd, Peoria; 309-691-5015 Acceptes TVs and monitors
- M & M Recycling - 204 Morton St, Peoria; 309-495-0995
Or sell them online for cash or gift cards.
Retail-Sponsored Electronics/Computer Recycling
ATR - Advanced Technology Recycling
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.
Store location is at 8202 N University, Peoria; open Monday through Thursday from 9-noon and 1-4. Acceptable materials include: computers, laptops, printers, keyboards, mice, audio-video equipment (such as stereos, DVD/VCR players), wires and cables, networking devices, telephone systems, and more. Call ATR at 309-691-7230 or view www.atrecycle.com for additional items as well as refurbished items for sale. Accepting TVs and computer monitors (as of January 2017)
By using Office Depot's Tech Recycling Service, you can help turn tech trash into useful raw materials. For more information http://www.officedepot.com/promo.do?file=/promo/pages/0928_recycling.jsp
Best Buy is now offering electronics recycling. Electronics accepted include desktop and laptop computers, and DVD players, and other audio/visual components. Accessories such as keyboards and remotes are also accepted. As of November 2011, Best Buy eliminated their $10 fee on monitor and TVs. Customers are allowed to bring two items per day for recycling. Items not accepted include TVs, computer monitors, appliances, items containing Freon and microwaves. Best Buy stores also offer kiosks for rechargeable battery, cell phone and inkjet cartridge recycling. More information can be found at www.bestbuy.com.
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. (televisions and computer monitors 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.
New facility opened in 2014 located at 2022 Townline Rd, Peoria. Accepts electronics including televisions, computers, audio/visual components, and small appliances. http://kuusakoski.us/recycling-services/things-we-recycle/
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 7-9 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.
Latex paints: 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 absorbants 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*. (see City/County Landfill tab for additional information). 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); and
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 and 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 and 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.
www.lcswma.org 7/28/15 e-newsletter
Schools and Libraries End of Year Textbook Recycling
No need to remove covers. Keeps more materials out of the landfill. Accepting SOFTBACK BOOKS, HARDBACK BOOKS, SPIRAL BOUND BOOKS. Call to schedule pick up! 309-353-3333