Scrap metal drop-off site to open

DANVILLE – From the driver's seat, you can buy a meal, pick up a prescription, get cash, pay a bill – and now, you can drop off aluminum and other scrap metal for recycling.

Next week, Mervis Industries will open Advantage Recycling, a new 60-by-80-foot center at the corner of Henning Road and U.S. 150 west of Danville that features a covered drive-through area where people can drop off metal recyclables, including aluminum, brass, copper, scrap iron, stainless steel and batteries.

Vermilion County cleanup linked to U.S. effort

DANVILLE – Vermilion County residents have multiple opportunities this weekend and next week to help the environment by volunteering for various cleanup activities or by recycling electronics.

The local events are being planned as part of the Great American Cleanup, a national community improvement program that takes place annually from March 1 to May 31. Coordinated by Keep America Beautiful, the three-month program encourages volunteers throughout the nation to clean up their communities.

Hold on funds threatens agencies

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Soil and Water Conservation District office has scaled back programming and may close later this year if state money, promised in the 2008 budget, is not released soon.

The Vermilion County office is not alone.

Danville yard waste pick-up requires city bags or stickers

DANVILLE – Since the city's yard waste collection program restarted last week, workers have collected between 20 and 30 tons of waste, solid waste superintendent Carl Carpenter said.

"The only rule we have trouble enforcing is people using bags other than the 'City of Danville' bags," Carpenter said.

For 3rd year, Paxton resident pushes no-litter efforts

PAXTON – Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold and Bayles Lake homeowner Mike Benigno are sick and tired of seeing mounds of trash cluttering Ford County's roads – and they plan to do something about it.

For the third consecutive year, Benigno is kicking off a no-littering campaign this spring to create awareness of the impact the litter has on the area's environment and looks.

Local activists will propose ballot questions

The annual town meetings will be held Tuesday evening in City of Champaign and Cunningham townships, and local activists are planning again to put advisory questions on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Champaign resident Carl Estabrook, who is active with AWARE, the Anti-War, Anti-Racism Effort, said he has been told about several advisory questions that various groups are planning to propose at the Cunningham and City of Champaign town meetings.

Company to unveil plans for turbines in Ford County

PAXTON – Fifty to 70 wind turbines are being considered for installation on farmland east of Paxton, and the developers of the project have scheduled a meeting for 7 p.m. today to get input from landowners in the area.

Stewardship Energy, an energy company based in Bureau County, has contacted property owners in the general vicinity where the wind farms would be installed, according to company President Matt Kauffman.

Group collecting old athletic shoes

DANVILLE – Don't trash those gym shoes that are a size too small and have a hole in the toe.

Schlarman High School's National Honor Society is holding a collection for old athletic shoes. The shoes will be donated to Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program, which recycles them by turning them into material used in sports surfaces, such as basketball and tennis courts, athletic fields, running tracks and playgrounds.

Kennedy's law firm asked to represent Champaign residents

CHAMPAIGN – Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s, law firm is looking into representing residents who live near a contaminated former manufactured coal-gas plant site in north Champaign.

Kennedy's law partner, Kevin Madonna, said in a telephone interview Tuesday that his firm has been asked by a coalition of local groups to represent the neighborhood and is investigating whether to do so. Kennedy & Madonna, with offices in White Plains, N.Y., and Hurley, N.Y., is a nationally known firm in the field of environmental law.

Environmental group co-founder talks about chemicals found in humans

CHAMPAIGN – If you make a dangerous chemical in a pesticide lab, 120 laws regulate your work.

Cross the hall and do it in a consumer products lab – 0 regulations, says Kenneth A. Cook, who co-founded the Environmental Working Group in 2002.

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