The illegal dumping of non-recyclable materials into collection bins
is prohibited under most local ordinances. Household trash,
carpeting, vinyl siding, windows and doors, TVs, car bumpers,
construction debris, a mattress and box springs, and even a storage
shed have been pulled from recycling bins. Recycling bins are not
there for the disposal of these materials. Contact your local waste
hauler to dispose of these items.
Recyclable materials differ from regular household trash in that
these materials are collected, sorted and processed into new items
that will once again find their way to your home. Items to be
recycled, therefore, need to be handled differently than household
trash. During various stages of the recycling process, including
collection and sorting phases, individuals -- not machinery --
handle the materials.
Recyclable materials should be rinsed and free of any food
material. If the pizza box has cheese stuck to it, toss it in the
garbage. Used paper plates and napkins should be placed in the
garbage, not in a recycling bin, as should used paper towels and
tissues. Ashtrays should not be emptied into recyclable materials.
Individuals should be aware that just because an item is either
plastic or metal, that does not make it recyclable. Containers
acceptable for recycling will display a recycling symbol on the
bottom or on the label. The recycling symbol is a triangle composed
of three chasing arrows. Remember, when in doubt, leave it out.
All Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency collection sites offer
residents the opportunity to recycle paper, plastic and metal
materials. Recyclers are reminded that bins are designated for the
collection of a specific material, either for paper or for plastics
and metals. Do not place metals or plastics in the paper bin or
paper materials in the bin for plastic and metals. The program does
not accept glass at any of its collection sites.
Paper items accepted include newspaper, junk mail, magazines,
single-ply chipboard (cereal and other food container boxes, Kleenex
and shoeboxes, etc.), catalogs and other softbound books. The
recycling program does not accept cardboard, carbon paper, hardbound
books or wrapping paper. Preparation for recycling paper items is
minimal. Food container boxes should be broken down and flattened.
Newspaper, magazines, junk mail and flattened boxes can be placed in
paper sacks or emptied loose into the bin. Do not tie or bind
newspapers or magazines with string or wire.
Plastics accepted for recycling include food and drink containers
(milk, water, soda bottles); bleach, detergent and softener bottles;
and other health and beauty product containers. Preparation for
recycling plastics is minimal -- rinse and flatten. Caps may be left
on containers. Metal items accepted for recycling include food
containers, coffee cans and drink (soda, beer) cans. Again, rinse
containers and flatten metal cans.
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The program does not accept motor oil, insecticide, herbicide or
other hazardous chemical containers, or any type of Styrofoam,
including meat trays, egg cartons and packing materials.
The recycling program does not accept plastic bags from stores,
dry cleaning bags or trash bags. If you transport your recyclables
to the collection bins in any type of plastic or trash bag, empty
the contents loose into the bin and take the plastic bag home for
disposal with other household trash. Plastic bags used to hold items
such as water softener salt, mulch, seed and fertilizer are not
accepted at any recycling site. Plastic film, plastic sheets, tarps
and wraps are also unacceptable materials.
Plastic bags from any store can be recycled at the Lincoln
Wal-Mart or Kroger stores. Recyclers are asked to remove all
receipts from the bags and to turn the bags inside out. Collection
bins for recycled plastic bags are located inside the entrance of
Recyclers are asked not overload the collection bins. Make sure
that bin lids or sliding doors can be closed. Collection bins for
paper and for plastics and metal are emptied weekly at all sites. If
collection bins are full or being emptied, do not leave recyclables
on the ground or platform where they can be strewn by the weather or
animals. These measures will assist the agency is maintaining the
area surrounding the collection bins for the health and safety of
those using the bins as well as agency employees.
The Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency appreciates the efforts
of recyclers and strives to provide a quality recycling program for
county residents. For more information on the county's recycling
program, preparation of recyclable materials or how to dispose of
other household items such as appliances, car batteries, tires or
http://www.co.logan.il.us/jswa/ or contact Mitzi Rohlfs,
coordinator, at 217-732-9636.
[Text from file received from the
Logan County Joint Solid