A central Illinois college says tons of debris created by last month's deadly tornado in nearby Washington justifies launching a program meant to recycle much of the building materials otherwise bound for landfills. Illinois Central College in East Peoria next month will begin offering a certification program called Deconstruction and Building Materials Salvage and Reuse. A $500,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Labor is helping create the program.
The college's Anne Nicklin says 40 to 60 percent of the national waste stream comes from construction and demolition debris, most of which can be recycled.
More than 1,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in Washington after a Nov. 17 tornado. The twister was one of two dozen that pelted Illinois, killing seven people.
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