Recycling fair helps community and environment

By Alyssa Donovan

October 12, 2013 Updated Oct 12, 2013 at 6:43 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill.-- Several organizations joined forces Saturday to help Central Illinois residents recycle unwanted items.

For residents who may have done some spring cleaning, on Saturday they had the chance to do some fall flinging.

As in flinging those unwanted items over to organizations that need them, like home sweet home ministries.

"We're collecting household goods, we're collecting shoes and clothing and we're collecting food to help people here at home sweet home ministries,” said Matt Drat, Community Development Director at Home Sweet Home Ministries.

The recycling fair also accepts old cell phones, used batteries, hardware and prescription medications all items that are difficult to dispose of.

The VFW also was collecting old flags.

But the top-drop off item of the day is older model tube tv's which gave volunteers quite a workout.

State Senator Jason Barickman says this is a chance for community members to empty out their garages while helping the environment.

"If we can encourage people to recycle goods rather than put them in landfills it's good for the environment, it's good for the people that get to use the recycled goods and in essence it's good for all of us,” Barickman said.

Home Sweet Home Ministries Matt Drat says this kind of event gives all of the organizations involved a better chance at collecting the items they need.

"Being able to have a one-stop-shop for people who want to recycle the items were talking about makes a big difference for us,” said Drat.

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