Rural recycling has always been a challenge across the United States, however the communities within McDonough County are resilient and always looking for ways to solve local issues. That is why the Macomb Women’s Club, a chapter of the Greater Federation of Women’s Club (GWFC), has partnered with University of Illinois Extension to explore possibilities to make community recycling a viable option for all residents within the county.

Advocating to protect the environment since 1896, the GFWC is launching a project to explore recycling options for a rural and business recycling program within McDonough County.

“As part of a club program on community recycling, we realized that rural residents and many businesses are not recycling because there is no good way to do so. Today’s challenge of being a good steward is by protecting the environment and recycling is one way we can do that,” explained JoAnn Hairston-Jones, co-chair of the club’s conservation/recycling committee. “We are pleased to be working with the University of Illinois Extension. They have developed a short questionnaire which will help us identify the level of current recycling interest and commitment to recycling.”  

All McDonough County residents and business owners are asked to participate by completing a short survey. A online survey is available. Hard copies are available at the McDonough County Extension Office. Any questions about the survey can be directed to Christopher Enroth.

Participation in this short survey can help make recycling a possibility, making McDonough County a better place for us and our grandchildren.

ABOUT GREATER FEDERATION OF WOMEN’S CLUB: The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. GFWC members work in their own communities to support the arts, preserve natural resources, advance education, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage civic involvement, and work toward world peace and understanding.

ABOUT EXTENSION: Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities.