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Recycling sites targeted

OREGON – Users of Ogle County’s drop-off recycling stations are asked to help cut down on the illegal dumping at those sites.

Tires, construction and remodeling waste, electronics, household garbage, hazardous waste, and scrap metal have been left, causing added expense and labor to such an extent that the continuation of the program is threatened, according to the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department.

The large roll-off recycling containers are in Byron, Forreston, Oregon, Monroe Center, and Rochelle. Moring DIsposal Service provides a site in Polo and Advanced Disposal Services has a site at Orchard Hills Landfill in Davis Junction.

The containers are strictly for household recyclable items from those who do not have curbside service. Eligible items for recycling are newspapers; flattened cardboard; other paper, such as magazines, catalogs, junk mail, and cereal boxes; plastic containers and bottles with the recycling symbols numbered 1 to 7, except Styrofoam; empty aluminum and steel cans and lids; and empty glass bottles and jars.

Items may not be left on the ground or outside the container. No plastic bags, batteries, electronics, diapers, containers with product left in them, food waste, or other household trash are allowed. Instruction sheets are available at oglecounty.org or at the recycling sites.

Businesses cannot use the sites to recycle waste, and must contact the local waste hauling company for recycling.

Recyclers can flatten boxes, cans, plastic bottles, and jugs to prevent an overflow situation in the containers.

To help solve dumping at the sites, the department will look into more frequent pickups, closer monitoring, more signs, and security cameras. Open dumping can carry fines up to $1,500 under state law.

For more information, call 815-732-4020 or visit the website.

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