Friday, April 06, 2007
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White goods collection April 21

[April 06, 2007]  Logan County residents will again have the opportunity to recycle glass containers, through the cooperative efforts of the Lincoln Junior Woman's Club, the Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency, Saint-Gobain Containers and Wal-Mart. There will be a collection the second Saturday of each month from April through October, between 9 a.m. and noon. The collection site will be in the parking lot of the Lincoln Wal-Mart store.

Glass will be accepted only during those dates and times. The Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency will not accept glass at any of its recycling collection sites. Collections will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

While glass collection is offered on a limited basis, it does have a positive impact in removing yet another item from the waste stream. Glass is not biodegradable, which means it will not decompose over time. Glass can be recycled repeatedly. Last year, the glass recycling program collected over 32 tons of glass locally.

Only container glass will be accepted for recycling. Container glass is any glass that is used to hold either a food or beverage product. Clear glass, as well as amber, green and blue, will be accepted. The glass recycling program will not accept light bulbs or fluorescent lights, window glass, mirrors, ceramics, chinaware, or CorningWare items.

Residents are asked to thoroughly rinse all glass containers. Any metal or plastic rings around the neck area of the container will need to be removed. Paper labels can be left on the containers. Individuals are asked to follow the guidelines outlined, as one ceramic piece, one light bulb or a metal neck ring can ruin an entire load of glass being processed for recycling.

Logan County residents expressed the desire to recycle glass, and the glass recycling program is the direct response of local government, area businesses and civic organizations to support local recycling efforts.

Residents may contact the Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency at 732-9636 with any recycling questions.

White goods collection

Do you have stove or refrigerator that has seen better days or an aluminum storm door left over from last year's remodeling project? Would you like to dispose of these items in an environmentally friendly way for little or no charge? The Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency, in collaboration with the Lincoln Streets and Alleys Department, will sponsor a white goods collection on April 21 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Logan County Fairgrounds. Recyclers should enter the fairgrounds at the Postville Drive (Main Gate) entrance.

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At no charge, Logan County residents will have the opportunity to dispose of household appliances such as stoves, washers, dryers and dishwashers; water heaters; automotive items, including engines, transmissions and radiators; barbecue grills (no propane tanks); bicycles; and aluminum items, including doors, windows (remove all broken glass) and siding.

A $5 fee will be charged for each refrigerator, freezer, air conditioner and humidifier to defray the costs of recapturing refrigerant gas. The reclamation of ozone-depleting substances used as refrigerant is regulated by the Clean Air Act in an effort to preserve the earth's ozone layer, which filters the sun's ultraviolet radiation. Potential health and environmental consequences exist if these materials are not properly handled and disposed of. A diminished ozone layer allows more radiation to reach the earth's surface, increasing exposure to ultraviolet rays, which can lead to health issues such as skin cancer and environmental issues such as reduced crop yields.

Senior citizens and handicapped individuals living within the city limits of Lincoln may be eligible to have items picked up curbside by the Lincoln Streets and Alleys Department. Individuals will need to contact Mitzi Rohlfs, Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency coordinator, at 732-9636 by April 16 to make arrangements for curbside pickup.

Logan County residents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to responsibly dispose of nonworking or obsolete appliances and other scrap metal items.

For any recycling questions, area residents can contact the Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency at 732-9636.

[Text from two news releases received from the Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency]

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