The Town of Normal is now holding recycling drop-offs for electronics every first Saturday of the month at their Public Works facility in addition to the weekday drop-offs.
The first day of this change was Saturday, Oct. 5 from 8 a.m. to noon. Drop-offs will still be available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1301 Warriner St.
“In 2012 we recycled 210 tons of electronics,” Robin Weaver, director of public works said. “Through August [of this year] we recycled 218 tons.”
The facility collects and recycles all types of electronics such as phones, fax machines, microwaves and blenders. If it has a cord then it can be recycled, but cordless items can be reused as well. Items also do not have to work in order to be recycled.
Weaver explained that the state of Illinois requires televisions and computers to be recycled since they contain hazardous compounds.
“The hazardous compounds can be properly disposed instead of ending up in landfills,” Weaver said.
The items brought to the facility are collected and taken to a processing factory where they extract all of the parts. Workers at this factory are able to save 99 percent of the materials to be reused.
“Reusing resources means fewer have to be mined and used,” Weaver said. “Some materials have a finite amount and cannot be remade.”
Recycling electronics or any type of material also prevents landfills from becoming completely full. Once current landfills are full, other areas will start to become locations for trash, causing even more pollution.
“For each ton collected, we reduce air and water pollution and save trees,” Weaver said.
Beginning in 2007, the Public Works facility saw a 45 percent increase in the amount of electronics collected. There was also a 40 percent increase from last year.
The Town of Normal is currently offering other recycling programs such as Curbside Recycling. They also have drop-off boxes in designated locations that are accessible any time of day.