Volunteers help recycle various items for national event

By Beau Ebenezer

November 16, 2013 Updated Nov 16, 2013 at 11:53 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Hundreds of recyclable items were dropped off on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University Saturday.

It was part of the "Mega Recycling event" for America Recycles Day.

The purpose is to make recycling easier, by allowing residents to recycle various types of items all in one place.

Items include electronics, compact fluorescent bulbs and household batteries.

"It does take a little more effort since you can't just drop them into your curb side bin," said Ecology Center Executive Director, Michael Brown. "We do have drop-offs in our communities for all of these items that we are collecting here today. We want to emphasize those and promote those."

"A lot of the stuff, if they just throw it away in a standard trash can, it will get thrown in a landfill, and it won't get reused in the way it needs to be," said volunteer, Thomas Johnson.

The Ecology Action Center and Illinois Wesleyan University Wellness organized the event.

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