Press Release

FNBT and Goodwill Hosting Free Electronic Recycling Event

Release date: 7/9/2015

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust will be hosting a series of Free Electronic Recycling Drives in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois. Goodwill will have a mobile unit on-site at three FNBT branches to help community members securely dispose of electronic devices.

This free service, open to all community members, will be available from 9:00 am until noon on the following dates:

  • Saturday, August 1 --- FNBT branch located at 300 East Main Street in Rockton, Illinois  
  • Saturday, August 29 --- FNBT branch located at 2600 Cranston Road in Beloit, Wisconsin
  • Saturday, September 12 --- FNBT branch located at 1795 Madison Road in Beloit,

Wisconsin For every pound collected at each of the three events, FNBT will donate $.01 to Goodwill.

“By providing this free electronic recycling event, FNBT not only helps our customers and community members get rid of these items, but we help eliminate e-waste and support a local non-profit in the process,” said Theresa Wendhausen, FNBT branding and communications officer. “It just makes good environmental sense.”

"We are thrilled with the opportunity to partner with First National Bank and Trust on their electronic recycling events. Goodwill plans to recycle every electronic item that is donated, thus keeping e-waste out of our local landfills. Additionally, proceeds go to support our programs that help people gain employment in communities throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.  It is a triple-win; the donation of the electronics, space saved in our landfills and the support of Goodwill's employment programs," stated Sam Schmitz, President of Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois and Wisconsin Stateline Area.

Items to be collected at the drive include cell phones, computers, printers, small appliances, VCRs, DVD players and stereos. For a complete list of acceptable items, please visit

First National Bank and Trust Company is a family-owned, community bank headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin. Chartered in 1882, First National Bank and Trust Company now serves more than 27,000 households in 9 communities and 12 locations in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois with assets of approximately $820 million. Commitment to full service banking, investments, asset management, exceptional service, and Sound Advice has positioned First National Bank and Trust Company as a Stateline leader in the industry. For additional information, visit

About Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois: 
Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois is a community-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create opportunities for individuals with barriers to enhance their lives.  Goodwill funds job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in its 11 retail stores located in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.  In 2014, Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois served 6,240 people in the communities in which we reside.  Goodwill stores in northern Illinois (Rockford, Machesney Park, Freeport, Sterling, DeKalb, Ottawa, McHenry, Huntley, Crystal Lake and Algonquin) and Beloit, Wisconsin employ over 500 people. Visit their website at