What to do with all the sandbags? Think twice

By Mark Bullion

April 29, 2013 Updated Apr 29, 2013 at 9:49 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Thousands of sandbags can be seen all across central Illinois from downtown Peoria to residential areas, but now that the River is receding, what do you do with all of them?

Peoria city officials say the disposal of sandbags falls into three different categories:

1. If the bags never took on any water, they are safe to use.

2. If they did come in contact with flood water, you cannot use them for any sort of recreational purpose involving human contact.

3. If the bags are contaminated with oil or other pollutants, they must be disposed of at a landfill.

"Those are the things we have been monitoring as soon as the water came up and really looking for any kind of signs. We have identified several locations along the wall that we'll have to haul off and dispose of through the landfill system," said Peoria Streets and Sewer Manager David Haste.

If you have questions or are unsure about the proper disposal of your sandbags, you are encouraged to call your city or county health department.