WIUM Local
9:23 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Rain Doesn't Stop Keokuk Recycling Event

Keokuk, IA – Organizers say Keokuk's first community-wide recycling event was a success.

More than 200 individuals and businesses from Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri braved today's rain and cool temperatures to get rid of their recyclables. Katie O'Brien with the Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce says most of the people brought their electronic waste.

"We filled up one full semi-trailer," says O'Brien, "and we have sent a couple of flat-beds directly to the company. I think we have about of another trailer full so that is a lot of e-waste that we are keeping out of our landfill."

O'Brien says several truckloads of paper were also collected during today's event. She says the confidential documents would be shredded.

O'Brien says people did not bring in as many general recycling items, such as plastic bottles or aluminum cans. She believes that is due, in part, to Keokuk's current curb-side recycling program.

O'Brien says the community-wide recycling event will return next year.

Statistics from Keokuk's 1st Community-wide recycling event
Participation
Iowa - 216 residents (Keokuk, Montrose, Fort Madison, Argyle, Donnelson, Farmington)
Illinois - 17 residents (Hamilton, Warsaw, Nauvoo)
Missouri - 3 residents (Canton, Alexandria)

Amounts
E-Waste
- 80,000 pounds collected on site (Computer Monitors, TV's, Cell Phones, Vacuums, Heaters)
Paper
- 2 Tons (Shredding)
General
- 300 pounds (Glass, Cans, Plastic)
Eyeglasses
- 50