January 12, 2012

Lacon Recycling Site is now Taking Electronics




LACON — Marshall County has added electronics to the list of materials accepted at its local recycling drop-off point.
County engineer and recycling coordinator Ed Andrews updated the County Board on Thursday on his recent arrangements for such items to be collected in a trailer at the county-owned site at the east edge of Lacon and then picked up by a Chicago-area recycler.


Many types of electronics are now banned from landfills under a state law that went into effect this year, and the new setup will provide county residents a way to dispose of old computers, televisions, and many other items, Andrews said.


The drop-off service will be possible through an agreement with Vintage Tech Recyclers of Romeoville. The firm has placed pallets and large packing cartons in a trailer owned by the county and will pick the material up when called, Andrews said.


“There was a short-wheel-base trailer that was under-utilized, and that has been converted for this (purpose),” he said.


The county also will receive a little income to help cover operation of the site, which also accepts newspapers; aluminum, glass, tin, and some plastic containers; and cardboard. The firm will pay the county 10 cents a pound for computers and 2 cents for many other electronics, Andrews said.


In other business, the board:

– Selected New York-based Good Energy as the electricity “aggregation” consultant that will try to negotiate lower electrical rates for residents and small businesses in unincorporated areas of the county.


The board had already voted to put a referendum on the March 21 primary ballot for voters to decide whether to authorize such an arrangement. Good Energy, which has been selected by numerous other government units in central Illinois, will advertise and otherwise work to promote passage of the local referendum, board Chairman Dennis Bogner said.


– Entered into an agreement with a Florida company, Financial Marketing Concepts Inc., to provide discount prescription cards to county residents in a program aimed largely at people with little or no insurance.


The Coast2Coast Rx card, which will also offer discounts on some dental, vision, and diabetes costs, will be offered in place of a similar card available through the National Association of Counties. The county had recently signed a contract to offer the NAC card, but Bogner said the organization had offered to let the county out of the commitment if the board chose another plan.


“Coast2Coast does seem to be more user-friendly,” said board member Wally Groom.


Cards, which will cost nothing, will be available at most area pharmacies and other participating providers, but it will take about a month to get the program started, Bogner said.


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