Recycle, Then Bird at Monee Reservoir

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—November 10, 2010.  Sometimes recycling is a bit of a chore, but it can be fun if you combine it with a little birding.  That’s possible at Will County’s recently opened electronics recycling site at the Monee Reservoir, 27341 Ridgeland Ave., Monee.

It’s simple to use – just drive up to the big, white shipping container (itself re-used and re-painted), and place your discarded televisions, computers, VCRs, microwaves and small items inside.  Then put on the binoculars and go looking for herons, geese, ducks, kingfishers, maybe even a sora or a bittern.

This permanent residential-only recycling site is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Although it does take microwave ovens, it does not accept other household appliances such as stove or refrigerators.  There is no charge for any item.

Will County recycling specialist Marta Keane says the site also accepts a lot of small items.  “Don’t forget the little things, like cameras, X-boxes, cell phones, calculators, and even string of decorative lights that have seen better days.  Everything with a computer chip will fit, also anything that would go with an electronic item, such as a keyboard.”

She recommends that items like computers that contain memory have the memory erased, although the contractors who work with Will County are required by law to erase any information on computers, phones or other items.

Will County provides many other recycling services, including similar sites at Beecher and Mokena, although their hours are different.  A new website, www.WillCountyGreen.com, has been online since November 1 and gives detailed information about all types of recycling, Keane said.

The new website includes all the information in the present recycling publication, the Will County Residential Waste and Recycling Guide, along with information about what individuals, businesses and schools can do to green their operations.  It also has interactive games where youngsters can learn about composting and recycling.

For those who do not have computers, the Will County Land Use Division will mail its publication.  To request the publication or information on specific recycling questions, call Keane at 815-727-8834.


Source: Thorn Creek Audubon Society, November – December 2010 Newsletter

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