702 Edgebrook Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
Recycling & Disposal Opportunities
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 and 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, and beer packaging)
- Beverage carrier stock (ex: bottled beer holders and drink carriers from fast food restaurants)
- Magazines, catalogs
- Newspaper and inserts, telephone directories, paperback books
- Residential mixed paper (mail, computer paper, ledger paper, etc.)
- Tin & bi-metal food and beverage cans, empty aerosol cans
- Aluminum food and beverage cans, foil, and trays
- Food and beverage mixed glass containers (clear, flint, brown, and 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, as well as FREE 5-gallon INDOOR recycling buckets. The stickers and buckets are available in the front lobby of Public Works, 702 Edgebrook Drive, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.
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 champaignil.gov/feedthething 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. The buckets are available in the front lobby of Public Works, 702 Edgebrook Drive, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. If those hours do not work for you, please call 217-403-4780 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 City’s Environmental Sustainability Specialist, Nichole Millage, for more information at 217-403-4780 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City co-hosts a bi-annual Residential Electronics Collection Event. Residents are required to register in order to participate. For more details, please visit the online registration website.
There are local recyclers that will accept your old electronics for drop off throughout the year. (As of October 2017, Best Buy will accept most TVs for recycling for a $25 fee.) Please click on the following link for more information about where to recycle electronics year-round: Where Do I Recycle Unwanted Electronics?
At the bi-annual collection events, there is a 4 TV limit per person; all sizes, types, & models of TV’s will be accepted, including CRT tube TV’s. There is a 7-item total limit. Please visit the online registration website for a complete list of accepted and 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 the City’s Environmental Sustainability Specialist, Nichole Millage, at 217-403-4780 or email@example.com.
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 5/7/2019.
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FREE Public Drop-Off Recycling Centers*
420 Paul Ave, Champaign
Hours: Mon-Fri – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For more information about acceptable items, please visit: https://illinirecycling.com/recycling-center/
Republic Services (Republic’s drop-off closed on November 15, 2018)
*Unfortunately, there is currently no free public drop-off center (in Champaign-Urbana) that accepts glass. (Food and beverage mixed glass containers are accepted in the City’s single family curbside recycling program, as well as the City’s multifamily recycling program, Feed The Thing.) Residents who live outside of Champaign city limits and who want to recycle glass, should try contacting the available solid waste haulers in their area to see if they offer trash and recycling services that fit their needs.
Unfortunately, there is no local drop-off site for residents to bring HHW. Currently, there is also NO one-day collection event scheduled in Champaign County. We are hopeful that the IEPA will pick Champaign County to host a one-day collection event in FALL 2019. Until that time, there are long-term HHW collection sites in northern Illinois. Please see the links below for more information. We apologize for this inconvenience.
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 2019. 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.
Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company will accept latex paint donations if the can is at least half full.
Email or call for more information:
Habitat for Humanity ReStore will accept latex paint donations if the can is completely full.
For ReStore donation hours, please visit:
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.
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 7 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.