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State Fair strives to be most eco-friendly in US

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Illinois State Fair officials say they're ramping up recycling as part of an effort to have the most eco-friendly fair in the country.

More than 25,000 pounds of aluminum, cardboard and plastic was recycled last year, and this year paper has been added to the effort, the State Journal-Register in Springfield reported.

The recycling project was formalized 4 years ago, when officials set a goal of running the nation's most sustainable fair, Manager Amy Bliefnick said. This year, 200 trash and recycling containers were placed around the fairgrounds, more than doubling last year's number.

Illinois prison inmates provide the labor through a partnership between the fair and Illinois Correctional Industries, a division of the state Corrections Department.

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