CHAMPAIGN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

702 Edgebrook Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
217.403.4780
recycling@champaignil.gov


WHERE DO I RECYCLE IT?

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CALL THE LOCATIONS TO CONFIRM INSTRUCTIONS, FEES, AND HOURS.

Speed Lube

710 N. Cunningham Ave., Urbana
217.328.4800

Valvoline Express Care

212 N. Vine St., Urbana
217.384.5593

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

119 E. University Ave., Champaign
*Accepts working appliances, including microwaves

Mack’s Twin City Recycling

2808 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana
217.328.2100
*Call for acceptable items and fees ($) – MICROWAVES ACCEPTED for recycling

Mervis Recycling

3008 N. Cunningham Ave., Urbana
217.344.7696
*Call for acceptable items and fees ($) – NO MICROWAVES ACCEPTED.

Preservation and Conservation Association (PACA)

44 E. Washington St., Champaign
217.359.7222
*Call for acceptable items 

The I.D.E.A. Store

28 E. Springfield Ave., Champaign
217.352.7878
*Visit http://www.the-idea-store.org/ for more information and acceptable items.

Bill Smith Auto Parts

3405 N. Country View Rd., Urbana
217.367.5090

Mack’s Auto Recycling

1309 E. Kerr Ave., Urbana
217.367.6219

Mervis Recycling

3008 N. Cunningham Ave., Urbana
217.344.7696

Advance Auto Parts

*Multiple locations in Champaign and Urbana

AutoZone

*Multiple locations in Champaign and Urbana

Battery Specialists

133 Kenyon Rd., Champaign
217.352.0591

Interstate All Battery Center

2504 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign
217.355.4855

O’Reilly Auto Parts

1009 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign
217.352.1671

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:

Battery Specialists

133 Kenyon Rd., Champaign
217.352.0591

Best Buy

2117 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign
217.352.8883

Home Depot

820 Bloomington Rd., Champaign
217.356.2629

Interstate All Battery Center

2504 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign
217.355.4855

Radio Shack

2020 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign
217.359.6521 

Contact your solid waste hauler for disposal options.  Or contact:

Henson Disposal
910 Saline Ct., Urbana
217.417.8788

Republic Services
915 Saline Ct., Urbana
217.384.2274

Call the locations to confirm instructions, fees, and hours.

Check with local organizations for donation options (Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Goodwill, Salt & Light, Salvation Army, women’s shelters, homeless shelters, etc.)

Best Buy

2117 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign
217.352.8883
*Free drop-off at front recycling center/entry

Plastic Recycling Incorporated (Mail-in Program)

2015 S. Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, IN 46225
317.780.6100
*Pay for shipping

Best Buy

2117 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign
217.352.8883

Sprint Store

61 E. Marketview Dr., Champaign
217.398.8700

Target

2102 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign
217.355.3325

Verizon Wireless

910 W. Town Center Blvd., Champaign
217.355.0942 

The City of Champaign does not have a commercial recycling program; however, 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.)

ABC Sanitary
(217) 356-0909
website: abcsanitary.com

Advanced Disposal
(217) 429-0020
website: advanceddisposal.com/il/champaign

Area Disposal Service
(309) 688-0760
website: pdcarea.com

Community Resource, Inc.
(217) 356-6094
website: communityresourceinc.com

Illini Recycling*
(217) 356-0648
website: illinirecycling.com
*Also a construction & demolition recycling facility.
*Also operates a public drop-off site.

Republic Services (also known as Allied Waste)
(217) 367-2278
website: republicservices.com

For more information, contact the City’s Environmental Sustainability Specialist at 217.403.4780.

Home Depot

820 W. Bloomington Rd., Champaign
217.356.2629

Lowe’s

1904 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign
217.373.7300

Springfield Electric

901 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign
217.351.7600

Tepper Electric

608 S. Neil St., Champaign
217.356.3755
*Recycling fee ($) – Call for more information 

Composting is nature’s way of recycling.  You can compost food scraps and yard waste at home.

To learn more about composting at home, you can visit these websites:

http://illinoiscomposts.org/resources/residential
https://www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home

Information and a “How To” brochure is available by contacting:

University of Illinois Extension – Champaign County

801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite D, Champaign
217.333.7672
website: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/homecompost/materials.cfm 

Mid-America Recycling

2906 N. Oak St., Urbana
217.840.2646
*Call for fees ($)

Henson Disposal & Recycling

910 Saline Ct., Urbana
309.530.8822
http://hensondisposal.com/

Illini Recycling

420 Paul Ave., Champaign
217.356.0648
http://illinirecycling.com  

Goodwill

912 W. Anthony Dr., Champaign
217.359.8729

1201 Savoy Plaza Ln., Savoy
217.503.6076

Mack’s Twin City Recycling

2808 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana
217.328.2100
$20 fee

Mervis Recycling

3008 N. Cunningham Ave., Urbana
217.344.7696
$free$

For more information about the fall collection event, visit the online registration.

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:

  • Televisions
  • Monitors
  • Printers
  • 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
  • Scanners
  • 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.

Check with local organizations for donation options (Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Goodwill, Salt & Light, Salvation Army, etc.).

Some local metal scrap recyclers will take exercise equipment containing metal.  Please call in advance to ensure they will accept equipment.

Mack’s Twin City Recycling

2808 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana
217.328.2100 *Call for acceptable items

Illini Fire Equipment

2801 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana
217.367.9521

Springfield Electric

901 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign
217.351.7600
*Call for fees ($)

Tepper Electric

608 S. Neil St., Champaign
217.356.3755

Dart Corporation

1505 E. Main St., Urbana
(Go east to Lierman Ave. – drop off site is at ‘Shipping Dept.’ entrance)

  • Make sure foam has the #6 recycling chasing arrow on it
  • Accepts a wide variety of recyclable foam, including foam cups, foam egg cartons, foam meat trays, foam ice chests, and foam packaging that is frequently used to protect fragile materials such as TVs during shipping
  • Only CLEAN (rinsed and wiped) food/beverage or block foam accepted (no packing peanuts)
  • Remove straws, lids, tape, or any other non-foam material
  • Deposit foam into clear translucent bags provided onsite, tie securely, and place bag in wheel cart

Fore more information, call Doug Sharp at 721-2196 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

*If your furniture is not in good/reusable condition, you should contact your garbage hauler for disposal options.

Please consider donating reusable items to the following organizations:

Goodwill

912 W. Anthony Dr., Champaign
217.359.8729

1201 Savoy Plaza Ln., Savoy
217.503.6076

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

119 E. University Ave., Champaign
217.355.6460

Salvation Army

2212 N. Market., Champaign
217.373.7832

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

119 E. University Ave., Champaign
217.355.6460

Mack’s Twin City Recycling

2808 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana
217.328.2100

Mervis Recycling

2008 Cunningham Ave., Urbana
217.344.7696

There is not a scheduled Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event at this time.

HHW Leadership Team

An HHW Leadership Team has been formed with the ultimate goal to establish a permanent collection facility, but is focusing on a one-day collection event, initially.  They feel hopeful that a one-day collection event will be scheduled in Champaign County in 2018. For more information regarding the HHW Leadership Team and their efforts, please visit: https://hhw-ccrpc.info/team/


Long-Term HHW Collection Sites in Illinois

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.


Tips for Disposal of Oil and Paint

Staff receives numerous inquiries regarding oil and paint disposal. Latex paint is NOT considered toxic and therefore can be disposed of by using the methods below.

  • 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, sand, paint hardener or absorber, or poured onto newspaper and be allowed to dry. Once the paint (or paint thinner) has dried, all materials can be disposed of in the garbage. These methods work for latex and oil-based paints.

Commercial HHW Disposal Regulations

Commercial organizations are covered by different regulations and should call the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for current disposal requirements.


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.Safer substitutes to many common household chemicals do exist.

Best Buy

2117 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign
217.352.8883

Office Depot

111 Convenience Center Rd., Champaign
217.373.5202

Staples

2005 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign
217.373.8490

The City of Champaign offers FREE Yard Waste Collection twice a year to its residents; once in the spring and once in the fall.  There is also a Christmas Tree collection provided in January. For more information and guidelines, please visit the City’s Yard Waste Collection webpage.


Did you miss the free yard waste collection?  Here are some alternative options:

Landscape Recycling Center

1210 E. University Ave., Urbana
217.344.LEAF (5323)
*Call for fees ($)


Some solid waste haulers also provide yard waste collection services for an additional fee. Check with your solid waste hauler for more information.

*If your mattress is not in good/reusable condition, you should contact your garbage hauler for disposal options.

*If your mattress is in good condition, you can donate it to:

Empty Tomb

301 N. 4th St., Champaign
*Call ahead first 217.356.2262

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

Urbana Police Department

400 S. Vine St., 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.

Bring your household mercury thermostat(s) and thermometers to Champaign Public Works to be recycled for FREE! We accept all brands of wall-mounted, mercury-switch thermostats or sensors.  Now accepting thermometers as well!

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. 

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

119 E. University, Champaign
Accepts working appliances, including microwaves

Mack’s Twin City Recycling

2808 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana
217.328.2100
Call for acceptable items and fees ($) – Microwaves accepted for recycling

Advance Auto Parts

AutoZone

Illini Oil Change

Jiffy Lube

Speed Lube

Walmart Supercenter Tire & Lube Express

Mail & Parcel Plus

2206 W. Springfield Ave., Champaign
217.359.6245

UPS Store (Baytowne Shoppes)

907 W. Marketview Dr., Champaign
217.359.6233

UPS Store (Old Farm Shops)

1717 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign
217.359.4000

Please reuse or ask friends/neighbors/family or school/theatre groups if they need paint for projects.

Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company will accept latex paint donations if the can is at least 1/2 full.
Email or call for more information:
manager@cutc.org
217.352.4085


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, sand, kitty litter, or paint hardener) 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 

For curbside recycling, some solid waste haulers will accept plastic bags for recycling; check with your hauler to confirm.

Accepted in the City of Champaign’s Multifamily Recycling Program Feed The Thing.


These retail supermarkets have recycling bins for plastic bags:

County Market

Meijer

Schnucks

Walmart

Hicksgas Urbana

2201 E. University Ave., Urbana
217.367.5456

*Small propane bottles (1 lb.) can be safely thrown away once empty; they cannot refill them.
*Only accepts 20 lb. grill tanks ($5 recycling fee)
*$20 to refill 20 lb. grill tanks

Mack’s Twin City Recycling

2808 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana
217.328.2100

Mervis Recycling

3008 N. Cunningham Ave., Urbana
217.344.7696

Home Disposal:

Place used needles and other sharps into a puncture-resistant plastic container, such as a laundry detergent container, and tightly secure the lid before disposing into your household garbage.

Household Mail-Back Program:

GRP & Associates, Inc.

http://sharpsdisposal.com
800.207.0976
E-mail: sharps@sharpsdisposal.com

MedPro Waste Disposal

https://www.medprodisposal.com/
888.641.6131

Republic Services

https://www.republicservices.com/locations/illinois/urbana/61801
217.367.2278

Currently, there is nowhere to recycle CRT (tube) televisions in Champaign County; however, please see the “Electronics” tab regarding information about the upcoming Electronics Collection Event.  Televisions of all shapes and sizes will be accepted at the event.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

119 E. University Ave., Champaign
217.355.6460
*Accepts only flat panel WORKING and NON-WORKING televisions; no CRT (tube) televisions accepted. Flat panel TVs are TVs that can be mounted on the wall.

Illini FS

1509 E. University Ave., Urbana
217.384.8307
*Call for fees ($)

Kirby’s Firestone Service Center

303 W. Main St., Urbana
217.367.6362
*Call for fees ($)

Tire Barn Warehouse

806 Bloomington Rd., Champaign
217.351.8473
*Call for fees ($)

Tommy House Tire Company

707 Bloomington Rd., Champaign
217.351.4159
*Call for fees ($)  

Dillman Brothers

3509 N. Cunningham Ave., Urbana
217.344.8290
*FREE drop-off of clean residential vinyl siding (no garbage or other materials) during business hours, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

Check with local organizations for donation options (Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Goodwill, Salt & Light, Salvation Army, women’s shelters, homeless shelters, etc.)

Plastic Recycling Incorporated (Mail-in Program)

2015 S. Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, IN 46225
317.780.6100
*Pay for shipping