GURNEE, Ill. – Committed to promoting recycling and reducing waste, state Rep. Joyce Mason, D-Gurnee, is partnering with the Village of Gurnee and the Gurnee Sustainability Committee to host a free Styrofoam recycling event on Saturday, December 11 from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Gurnee Village Hall.

“As we work to fight climate change, working to reduce waste and recycling is one way that we can all pitch in,” said Mason. “However, not every recyclable product can be placed in our usually recycling bins.”

On Saturday, December 11 from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M., residents can stop by the Gurnee Village Hall located at 325 N O’Plaine Rd in Gurnee to drop off Styrofoam food containers and packaging to be recycled. Materials should be cleaned and be in a clear plastic bag to be recycled. Straws, drink lids, and packaging peanuts cannot be recycled at this event.

During her time in the General Assembly, Mason has been committed to reducing waste and fighting climate change including passing energy legislation to that will put Illinois on the path to using 100% renewable energy. Mason has also co-sponsored House Bill 3067 seeking to put an end to single use Styrofoam containers in Illinois.

“The Styrofoam containers and packaging are too often used just once, but they can take hundreds of years to decompose and often end up in landfills or our lakes and oceans,” said Mason. “I encourage people to drop off their cleaned take-out containers, cups, egg cartons and packaging to be recycled and help reduce waste going into landfills.”

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