City Recycling Programs
The City strongly supports recycling and encourages all citizens to take part in waste reduction. Citizens may take part by participating in the City’s curbside recycling program or the Multifamily/Feed The Thing Recycling Program.
City ordinances provide for curbside recycling to all citizens who live in a single to four-plex residence. This service is provided by your solid waste hauler. (There are 8 licensed solid waste haulers that pick up residential trash/recycling in Champaign; their names & phone numbers can be found at: www.champaignil.gov/utility-service). Your hauler is required to provide recycling as part of your basic service (i.e., they cannot charge extra for recycling) and must accept the following materials:
- Plastics labeled #1 through #7 (no Styrofoam)
- Corrugated cardboard (ex: boxes, the non-contaminated part of a pizza box, etc.)
- Boxboard (ex: cereal, soda, & beer packaging)
- Beverage carrier stock (ex: bottled beer holders & drink carriers from fast food restaurants)
- Magazines, catalogs
- Newspaper & inserts, telephone directories, paperback books
- Residential mixed paper (mail, computer paper, ledger paper, etc.)
- Tin & bi-metal food & beverage cans, empty aerosol cans
- Aluminum food & beverage cans, foil, & trays
- Food & beverage mixed glass containers (clear, flint, brown, & green)
Haulers must provide curbside collection of recyclables at least once a week and cannot count materials toward the “per container cost” of service. Citizens interested in participating in the curbside recycling program should call their solid waste hauler. Some solid waste haulers provide recycling carts (or totes or bins). Renting or buying a recycling cart from your hauler is optional. Your hauler must provide recycling services whether or not you use their recycling cart (or tote or bin). If your solid waste hauler does not provide recycling carts, but you wish to participate in the program, we suggest purchasing one at a local retailer for a moderate price.
Curbside recycling in Champaign is “co-mingled,” i.e., all of your recyclables can be mixed together and can go into the same recycling cart (or tote or bin) for collection. For more information, check out this BROCHURE.
The City provides FREE recycling stickers for carts or totes. To request stickers, please email email@example.com and include your name and mailing address.
The Multifamily/Feed The Thing program serves residences with five or more units and all shared housing, which includes fraternities, sororities. The City provides free blue 95-gallon containers for participating buildings.
Visit FeedtheThing.org for more information on acceptable/unacceptable materials, printable, educational resources, program announcements, and press releases.
The City provides FREE 5-gallon kitchen buckets for individual unit recyclables. Please call 217.403.4700 for more information.
A modest fee of $2.60 per month per residential unit (apartment) has been assessed to the property owner to cover the cost of the program. For group housing (e.g., fraternities and sororities), the fee is $1.30 per resident, based on the capacity of the facility.
Please contact the Environmental Sustainability Specialist for more information at 217.403.4700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recycling & Disposal Opportunities
The next Electronics Collection Event will be in October 2017. Check the registration website at the beginning of September 2017.
In the meantime, there are local recyclers that will accept your old electronics (besides CRT TVs) for drop off throughout the year. (PLEASE NOTE: At this time, the only way you can get rid of old CRT TVs is at the collection events.) Please click on the following link for information about where to recycling electronics year-round: Where Do I Recycle Unwanted Electronics?
At collection events, there is a 2 TV limit per postcard; all sizes, types, & models of TV’s will be accepted. There is a 10-item total limit; click here to view the accepted & non-accepted items.
City staff will continue to work with our government partners to find alternative methods and locations for recycling electronics (specifically TVs) and other items. Any questions can be directed to Nichole Millage at 217.403.4780.
As of January 1, 2012, local waste haulers no longer accept 17 categories of electronic items listed below with your regular trash collection, as these have been banned from Illinois landfills. For more information on the state ban, visit http://www.epa.state.il.us.
Electronic Items Banned from Illinois Landfills:
- Computers (laptops, notebooks, netbooks, tablets)
- Electronic keyboards
- Facsimile (fax) machines
- Videocassette recorders (VCRs)
- Digital video disc players (DVD players)
- Digital video recorders (DVR)
- Video game consoles
- Small scale servers
- Electronic mice
- Digital converter boxes
- Cable receivers
- Satellite receivers
- Portable digital music players
Electronics were banned from Illinois landfills on January 2012. Many electronic products contain toxic lead, mercury, cadmium, and other materials that pose environmental and health risks that must be managed. Many electronic items contain metals, plastics, or leaded glass that can be recycled into basic commodities or products, and then re-marketed for re-use. The re-use of these components conserves natural resources and energy, and contributes to reduced air and water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Information on this page is subject to change. Last updated on 3/7/2017.
Household hazardous waste collections are not held on a regular basis in the City of Champaign. The City recommends purchasing only the amount of hazardous materials needed for a project in order to eliminate the need for disposal of leftover hazardous waste. Alternately, safer substitutes to many common household chemicals do exist. The US EPA’s Safer Choice website provides a searchable database of products which perform well and are safer for human health.
Long-term household hazardous waste collection sites are also available in Naperville, Chicago, Rockford, and Lake County. Links to each site, which include accepted items and hours of operation, can be found by visiting the Illinois EPA Long-Term Collection Facility page. You can also visit that link to find information about one-day collections which are held periodically throughout the year in IEPA-selected communities.
Staff receives numerous inquiries for household hazardous waste disposal. Guidance for oil and paint disposal is common.
- Oil Disposal – Oil can be taken to local garages, if they accept oil to be dropped off. Garages should be called for more information.
- Paint (& Paint Thinner) Disposal – For excess amounts of paint (or paint thinner), the City recommends contacting school theatre departments to see if it can be used for props. Paint (and paint thinner) can also be mixed with materials such as cat litter or sand, or poured on newspaper, and allowed to dry. Once the paint (or paint thinner) has dried, all materials can be disposed of in the garbage.
Commercial organizations are covered by different regulations and should call the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for current disposal requirements.
BATTERY RECYCLING DROP-OFF LOCATION
Household Quantities Only; batteries are not accepted from schools, businesses, or institutions.
Champaign Public Works
702 Edgebrook Drive, Champaign
Lobby Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Please tape all rechargeable batteries and lithium batteries, including lithium button cell batteries.
Alkaline (single-use) batteries, non-lithium button cell batteries, NiMH, NiCad, and Zinc Air do NOT need to be taped.
NO COMMERCIAL BATTERIES ACCEPTED
These locations accept rechargeable batteries only:
133 Kenyon Rd., Champaign
2117 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign
820 Bloomington Rd., Champaign
Interstate All Battery Center
2504 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign
2020 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign
Please reuse or ask friends/neighbors/family or school/theatre groups if they need paint for projects. Household quantities can be disposed of in the garbage if paint is completely solidified.
To solidify paint:
- Remove paint can lids,
- Add an absorbent (such as shredded paper or kitty litter) or pour the paint onto newspaper,
- Allow to completely dry in a well-ventilated outdoor area away from children, pets, and ignition sources,
- Once dry, dispose solidified paint and can in the regular household garbage
Prescription and over-the-counter medications, including controlled substances and pet medications are accepted at one of the following locations:
- Champaign Police Department – 82 E. University Ave., Champaign
- University of Illinois Police Department – 1110 W. Springfield Ave., Urbana
- Walgreens (only one location) – 1713 W. Springfield Ave., Champaign
Needles, sharps, or syringes are not accepted; for disposal options, contact the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District at 217.352.7961, or it is safe to place them in a hard, plastic container such as a laundry detergent or bleach bottle with a tightly-sealed cap.
Champaign Public Works
702 Edgebrook Drive, Champaign
This program is coordinated by the Environmental Sustainability Specialist, 217.403.4780.
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Several private haulers operating in the City of Champaign offer commercial recycling options to businesses. Businesses should contact one of those private haulers to set up recycling and obtain pricing for the service. Haulers set their own recycling collection rates. There are a variety of services offered by the different haulers, ranging from cardboard only collection to co-mingled collection.
Haulers That Offer Business Recycling Services in Champaign
(The following list is not intended to constitute company endorsements. Please call the haulers to confirm services.)
Area Disposal Service
*Also a construction & demolition recycling facility.
*Also operates a public drop-off site.
Republic Services (also known as Allied Waste)
For more information, contact the City’s Environmental Sustainability Specialist at 217.403.4780.
Solid Waste Collection
Champaign City ordinance requires every household to sign up for weekly solid waste pick-up. All solid waste collection in the City of Champaign is handled by private solid waste haulers. There are 8 commercial haulers that provide residential solid waste removal services in Champaign. Burning and the accumulation of garbage are prohibited in Champaign. Solid waste haulers can also be found in the yellow pages in the phone book under “Garbage & Rubbish Removal.” Materials can also be taken to the Solid Waste Transfer Station located at 915 W. Saline Dr. in Urbana. The transfer station’s phone number is 217.384.2274. There is a drop-off fee for all materials.