Monday, November 9, 2009


Mayor Tim Davlin announced today the City will host an America Recycles Day recycling extravaganza event on Saturday, November 14, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

“By participating in America Recycles Day Springfield will provide a collection for three different materials,” Mayor Davlin said. “We will again collect all colors of glass bottles and jars that food or drink came in. We will also be accepting private documents to be shredded and recycled. And, for the first time, the city will accept old holiday light strands for recycling. This recycling service is not just for city residents, but for all area residents.”

All colors of glass containers are acceptable: clear, brown, green and blue. Only glass bottles, jars or jugs that held food or drink will be accepted. Other acceptable materials are private documents to be shredded and recycled, up to four large bags/boxes per person, and old Christmas or holiday light strands. Old holiday lights are generally very energy inefficient and are sometimes a fire hazard. New holiday lights are usually LED lights, which are much more energy efficient.

Participants should enter the Illinois State Fairgrounds at Gate 11, at the corner of Sangamon Avenue and 8th Street. The event is cosponsored by the City of Springfield, University of Illinois Springfield, Illinois National Bank, F&W Resources, Affordable Shred, SPARC and Illinois Department of Agriculture. For further details, call the city’s Division of Waste & Recycling at 789-2327.

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