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Recycle your CFL light bulbs

Through a grant from DCEO, the Ameren Illinois Utilities are providing CFL recycling containers to interested retailers, thus making proper disposal of CFL bulbs easy, convenient, and free to all Illinois residents. Currently, the following retailers have volunteered to provide recycling containers at select stores in Illinois:

  • Ace Hardware
  • Springfield Electric Stores
  • County Health Departments

Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling Rebate Program

Ameren Illinois Utilities is offering free removal PLUS a $50 rebate for recycling your secondary fridge or freezer.

* Must be a secondary refrigerator or freezer
* Must be in working (cooling) condition
* Must be manufactured before 1993
* 10-27 cubic feet in size
* Limit two refrigerators/freezers per customer, per program year

* Hauled away free of charge within 2 – 7 days of request
* $50 rebate check mailed to you within 6 weeks after appliance pickup
* Any working window unit air conditioners can be picked up at same time (no rebate issued for a.c. units)
* Log on to for program guidelines
* Call 1-866-899-9088 to schedule pickup

Electronics Disposal

The following items are prohibited for disposal in Illinois landfills and must be disposed of at an approved recycling center. 

  • Cable or satellite receiver
  • Computer
  • Computer monitor
  • Electronic keyboard
  • Electronic mouse
  • Digital converter box
  • DVD recorder or player
  • FAX machine
  • Portable digital music player
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Small-scale server
  • Television
  • Video game console
  • VCR recorder

Residential Self Serve Drop Off

The electronics mentioned above plus small appliances (no air conditioners or large appliances) are accepted free of charge. This is a self serve program meaning staff at the drop off facility cannot unload electronics. After 01/01/2013 bring items to Waste Management at 1360 S. Henderson Street., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Business Pick up

Schedule a pick up by calling the Tri-County Regional Collection facility at 309/331-4782. There is a fee for this service based on the weight of the electronics collected

Green Tips – Energy Audits and Energy Performance Contracting

To schedule an energy audit, talk to your local utility company or find an energy service company (ESCO) that provides energy audit services by visiting the National Association of Energy Service Companies website at

To view a PowerPoint presentation about energy performance contracting, visit Lt. Governor’s Green Solutions website at (then go to the school page) to view a presentation created by the US Green Building Council and the Clinton Climate Initiative.

Test your home for radon. Radon is an invisible radioactive gas that causes lung cancer. The only way to know if your home contains high radon levels is to test for it.


Recycle your old cell phone. 

Never dump anything down a storm drain.  

Get public service safety messages, which can help during natural disaster preparation or recovery. Topics include asbestos, protecting children from floodwater, mold, drinking water wells, and more. Free for re-use and broadcast. English and Spanish.

Reduce mosquito pests. Around your home you can drain pools of standing water where mosquitoes breed. Drain water from plastic covers, old tires, or other objects. Empty and change birdbaths at least once a week. Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating.  

Join the Greenversation - Each week we ask a "Question Of The Week" that's related to the environment and invite you to share your thoughts. See also "Science Wednesday" and learn more about the science behind environmental protection.

Knox County SWCD
233 S. Soangetaha Rd.
Galesburg, IL  61401

Phone: (309) 342-5138 ext. 3 
Fax: (855) 288-1480

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8- 4:30 p.m.

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