Where Does My Garbage and Recycling Go? - City of Galena

Where Does My Garbage and Recycling Go?

Recycling Processing

The City of Galena contracts with Montgomery Trucking for curbside recycling service. Recyclables are collected every other week on the same day as your curbside refuse collection. Since all recyclables may be mixed together by residents, dedicated recycling trucks with bins for sorting are no longer used for collection. Recyclables are collected in standard garbage trucks and lightly compacted. Compaction causes only minimum breakage of glass. Refuse and recyclables are not mixed in the trucks.

All recyclables collected at curbside are delivered to the Montgomery Trucking transfer station just outside of Elizabeth, Illinois. To avoid frequent trips by garbage trucks, all recyclables are then hauled by semi tractor and trailer to Dittmer Recycling, Inc. in Dubuque, Iowa.  At Dittmer, recyclables are sorted by type and then sold to other processors. Dittmer's highly efficient system successfully sorts and resells 97 percent of materials received.

Montgomery Trucking also collects appliances and other large electronics by appointment and for a fee.  These items are delivered by Montgomery Trucking to Moor's Recycling in Kieler, Wisconsin.  

 

Refuse Processing

The city also contracts with Montgomery Trucking for curbside refuse collection.  The same type of garbage trucks are used for refuse collection as for recycling.  Refuse is collected on separate routes from recycling and is not mixed in the same trucks. All refuse collected from curbside is delivered to the Montgomery Trucking transfer station in Elizabeth, Illinois.  Full semi trailer loads of refuse are hauled from the transfer station to the Upper Rock Island County Landfill, 17201 20th Avenue N., East Moline, IL 61244.

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The City of Galena is located in the unglaciated area of Northwest Illinois. Our rolling hills, history, 19th century architecture and opportunities for year round outdoor recreation attract nearly a million visitors a year. Galena is a safe, healthy and vibrant place to raise a family, start a business or enjoy retirement. Click here for a short video about Galena’s unique lifestyle.
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