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April 4, 2010

Old TVs could be recycled again if Normal Approves Contract

Public Works Director Mike Hall is recommending the council approve a two-year contract with Vintage Tech Recyclers for electronics recycling. …

By Mary Ann Ford | mford@pantagraph.com | Posted: Sunday, April 4, 2010 10:00 pm |

NORMAL — Twin City residents could recycle old televisions again if the Normal City Council approves a contract with a Plainfield company Monday.

The council also will consider a proposal for a student apartment/commercial complex at the site of the University Cinemas and a $15 fee for patients who need oxygen while being transported to a hospital by a Normal Fire Department ambulance.

Public Works Director Mike Hall is recommending the council approve a two-year contract with Vintage Tech Recyclers for electronics recycling. The company was the lowest of three bidders and has a contract with electronic manufacturers so the town could recycle up to 212.5 tons of eligible electronics at no cost.

A 2008 state law requires electronic manufacturers to help pay to recycle their products.

The town would have to pay a $100 per truckload transfer cost, for a total of $5,200 a year, and $6,644 in annual miscellaneous costs, for a total cost of $11,844 — below the $20,000 McLean County Solid Waste Fund grant the town received for the program.

The City Council previously eliminated town funding for the program.

Normal had been recycling electronics through Advanced Technology Recycling in Pontiac. Advanced had the highest bid at $71,576. It did not include “no cost” bids for electronics eligible under the state law.

Meanwhile, five of the seven council members will need to approve Illinois Construction LLC’s request for a special-use permit to build a four-story complex with 12,150 square feet of first-floor commercial space and 68 apartments.

The super majority is required because of a written protest of the permit by more than 20 percent of the residents who own adjacent property.

In another matter, the council will consider the $15 fee for oxygen used on town ambulances. Currently the charge is included in the base rate but Illinois Public Aid and private insurance companies will reimburse providers for a separate oxygen charge, according to Fire Chief Mick Humer.

The town could see about $12,000 in new revenue if the fee is approved.