Mostly Cloudy
43°FMostly CloudyFull Forecast

State Fair strives to be most eco-friendly in US

Published: Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

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.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments

 

National video

Reader Poll

A statewide advisory question on the Nov. 4 ballot asks whether Illinois should increase its minimum wage for adults over 18 to $10 an hour. How would you vote?
Yes
No