Recycling update

June 27, 2014 02:29 PM

The City of Galesburg changed their recycling program in December of 2012.  Residents received wheeled recycling carts instead of recycling bins to make it easier to store and transport their recyclables to the curb for collection.  Another change that was implemented was moving the collection of recyclables to every other week due to the provision of a much larger recycling container.

The feedback from Galesburg residents using the wheeled carts has been very positive.  From calendar years 2011 to 2013 our solid waste tonnage has dropped 4 percent and the tonnage of recyclables collected has increased 15 percent.  For calendar year 2013, the City saved $45,560 in tipping fees at the landfill by recycling the items instead of disposing of them.  The Galesburg residents are saving space at our local landfill by recycling along with saving energy and the use of natural resources.  For example, recycling aluminum cans saves 95 percent of the energy required to make the same amount of aluminum from virgin resources.

The City would like to remind residents that certain items are not recyclable.  Please do not place Styrofoam or packing peanuts in the recycling.  Markets have not been developed to recycle those items.  Clothing, food (especially pizza left in pizza boxes), diapers, furnace filters and cigarette butts are also not recyclable.  The containers to be recycled should be free of food debris.

Look for the Recycling and Refuse Program Guide on the City's website to answer your recycling questions.  

Thank you for taking the time to recycle.

Contact:                                                                                                                                 City Staff: 309/345-3619                                                                                                         Waste Management staff: 309/343-0256



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