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Recycling

Rich Egger

Glass, plastic, aluminum, and paper from Macomb will no longer be sorted at the Bridgeway facility on the west end of town. In a letter dated February 17, 2015, the company said it’s been operating the program at a loss for several years.

It will soon be easier for residents of rural Lee County to recycle.

With Curbside Composting, Food Waste Not a Total Loss

Sep 27, 2014
Cassandra Profita for Harvest Public Media

Wasting around 40 percent of all the food produced in the U.S. certainly has its drawbacks: It's not feeding people in need, it's expensive and it does a lot of environmental damage.

Screencap / Galesburg's website

Parts of the region are making more of an effort to go green.

Where to Dispose of Old Christmas Lights?

Jan 8, 2013

After the holiday season people might have broken Christmas lights and used batteries from their new electronic devices. Those should not be thrown in the trash. Also landfills in Illinois do not take electronic waste, but the Tri-County Regional Collection Facility in Macomb recycles it for free.

Recycling Coming to Rural Lee County

Dec 12, 2012

It could soon be easier for rural Lee County residents to recycle.

GRRWA to Recycle E-Waste

Dec 11, 2012

The Great River Regional Waste Authority will stop disposing of electronic waste on January 1.

Board and Agency Disagree on Recycling Cost

Feb 27, 2012
TSPR'S Rich Egger

The Hancock County Board and the Western Illinois Regional Council have come up with different numbers for the cost of recycling collection in the county.

The board found a bill for $4,000 a surprise. It budgeted $3,500 for the service.

The board briefly considered just paying the money it budgeted. Ultimately, the board tabled the bill until the finance committee has a chance to contact the WIRC.

Chairman David Walker thought the bill might have gone up.

Lee County is being asked to help enhance rural recycling opportunities.

The Great River Regional Waste Authority has about a dozen community trailers located throughout the county, including two in Donnellson.

That city is looking to switch to a curbside recycling program, which would prevent rural residents from dropping off their recyclables.

General Manager Wade Hamm says the authority is asking the county to hire a hauler to transport all of its trailers to the Fort Madison facility.