Press Release

2018 Electronic Recycling Events

Release date: 6/5/2018

Beloit, Wisconsin – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) 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:

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

“Continuing on the success we had with our past electronic recycling drives, First National Bank and Trust is pleased to provide these free events in 2018 in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois,” said Theresa Wendhausen, FNBT’s vice president, branding and communications manager. “It 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 partner in the process.”

“We value this partnership with First National Bank and Trust’s and our shared commitment to being “green” and recycling our community’s electronic goods.  Goodwill will recycle these items, keeping e-waste from our local landfills. The proceeds from these drives support training and employment services for individuals throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin,” stated Ben Bernsten, 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

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 12 retail stores located in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. In 2017, Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois served 13,582 people in the communities in which we reside. A three year CARF Accreditation was awarded to Goodwill for its employment programs in 2018 which is official recognition that the organization is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices.  Goodwill stores in northern Illinois (Rockford, Machesney Park, Freeport, Sterling, DeKalb, Ottawa, McHenry, Huntley, Crystal Lake and Algonquin) and Beloit, Wisconsin employ over 550 people. Visit their website at

About First National Bank and Trust:
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 nearly 30,000 households in 13 communities and 16 locations in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois with assets of approximately $1.1 billion.  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