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A recycling drop-off site at the Rock Island County Fairgrounds in East Moline has closed. Rock Island County Waste Management Agency officials say, with the number of events at that location, people couldn't get to it all the time. They also say many people were using it as a dump.

"We have had people drop off appliances, and TVs, which are not appropriate," said staff coordinator Gena McCullough.

Now, East Moline's only drop-off site is on 13th Avenue.

"This is also helping East Moline kind of focus its maintenance, and concentrate its efforts on just the one at their public works building," McCullough said.

She says the more materials they get, the better the costs are for the agency, and for the contracted haulers, who make money from the recyclables. They clear out the bins every Monday, and on an on-call basis for the rest of the week.

However, McCullough says overflowing isn't good, especially with items that don't belong, like mattresses and hazardous waste.

"It then becomes a burden on that local government who is hosting that site," she said.

Rock Island, Moline, East Moline and Milan all participate in the county's drop-off program. Although the bins fill up fast, officials say the remaining sites can handle it, with no plans to open a new one.

"Because of maintenance issues, we haven't had a lot of volunteers," McCullough said. "The four locations should still meet the needs of the citizens of Rock Island County."

Agency officials encourage all materials to be cleaned and as flattened as possible, even when the bins are full.

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