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Hennepin talks recycling

HENNEPIN Electronic recycling was the main topic of discussion at the Hennepin Village Board meeting on Oct. 16. North Central Illinois Council of Governments spokesperson Kendall Cramer explained the issues on this topic to board members.

A grant of $2,000 was awarded to NCICG from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in early 2013. The criteria for the grant was that it must be used to inform and educate the public about recycling elections.

NCICG ordered brochures and cloth bags with grant monies. The brochure lists sites in Peru where Putnam County residents can drop off unwanted electronics for recycling. Two of the locations are Staples, 4350 Mahoney Drive, Peru, and at Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois, 1650 38th St., Peru.

In the brochure, there are a listing of items which are illegal to discard in landfills in the state of Illinois. The list of items notes printers, monitors, televisions, fax machines, electronic keyboards, computers, portable digital music players, video-cassette recorders, video game consoles, digital video disc players, scanners, electronic mice, small scale servers, cable receivers, digital converter boxes, satellite receivers and digital video disc recorders are illegal to discard.

In other topics, the board:

• Discussed various people are still trying to bring a business to the old steel mill property and acreage. Bill Shafer, village engineer, noted that while board members may not see them on a daily basis, various people are out pushing it.

• Announced Hennepin will have a food drive for the Putnam County Food Pantry on Nov. 16. Residents are encouraged to leave non-perishable food items on porches or curb in plain sight before 9 a.m. that day.

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