Misuse Threatens County Recycling Program

The former Bond County Recycling facility.

The problem of people dumping unwanted items at the Bond County Recycling Center has reached its limit.

The center, a partnership, between the Bond Count Board, the Bond County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Fayco Enterprises, is located off Route 40, east of Illinois Rt. 127 behind the Greenville Veterinary Clinic.

Emily Hartmann, district coordinator, said people are dumping their unwanted items. She said it’s possible people think those items can be recycled because they’re plastic. Items commonly dropped off include car seats with the fabric covering removed, TV and computer monitor housing, outdoor play toys, and tubs, buckets, and totes. Those items cannot be accepted and collect water, increasing the risk of mosquitoes.

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Hartmann said preparations are being made to combat the situation. Security cameras will be monitoring the area around the clock. If necessary, fines will be levied against repeat offenders. City ordinances allow for fines up to $500 per incident.

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There is a sign at the rear of the center telling everyone what is accepted and two new signs are being made to be placed at the entrance.

More information is available on the district’s website at www.BondSWCD.org.

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