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Recycling unwanted electronics

PRINCETON — Getting rid of unwanted electronic items has gotten a bit easier for Bureau County residents, thanks to an electronic recycling event planned by the city of Princeton.

At Monday's meeting of the Princeton City Council, Commissioner Ray Mabry announced the city's next electronic recycling collection will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 27 at the city's drive-through recycling center on North Euclid Avenue. A complete list of approximately 60 accepted items is available through the city's web page at, or through city hall.

The accepted electronic items include, in part, cellular phones, computers, cords, monitors and DVD players, fax machines, printers, projectors, satellite dishes, televisions, stereos and video game consoles.

Also, the accepted household electronic items include, in part, ballasts, bread makers, cameras, coffee makers, clocks, curling irons, fans, hair dryers, heaters, holiday lights, metal tools, microwaves, and vacuum cleaners without the bag.

However, not all items will be accepted at the July 27 recycling event, including, in part, refrigerators, dish washers, stoves, washers/dryers, light bulbs and household batteries.

When asked at Monday's meeting by an audience member what residents should do with the items which will not be accepted, Princeton Mayor Keith Cain said that's a problem. That issue hasn't been resolved yet for the city, he said.

As an additional reminder, Cain said Princeton residents are not to put their electronic items on the curbside for the city's regular recycling collections. The city will not pick up those items.

On Tuesday, Princeton City Clerk Pete Nelson said the city hopes to offer an electronic recycling collection on an annual basis. The city is partnering this year with Vintage Tech of the Chicago suburbs, which is coming to Princeton and providing the needed manpower for the value of the collected scrap materials. There is no charge to the city, but the city makes no money on the collection either, Nelson said.

The July 27th recycling event is open to the entire county, as offered in previous years, Nelson said.

In other business at Monday's meeting, the council approved a resolution authorizing the mayor and city clerk to sign loan application forms and supporting documents to refinance a loan from Heartland Bank and Trust Co. for the maintenance of public sewer system loan. The city will pay $100,000 plus interest on the $400,000 loan and then refinance the remaining $300,000, Nelson said.

Also, the council reviewed and accepted two recommendations from the Princeton Plan Commission. The first recommendation was to approve the multi-family design plan by Jonathan and Julie Mabry; Commissioner Ray Mabry abstained from the vote. The second recommendation to approve the final plat for the Compton Subdivision as presented by Doug and Kristie Compton. Both projects appeared to be in compliance with current city codes, the Princeton Plan Commission stated.

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