Due to the Governor’s order, the Public Works Department facility is temporarily closed to the public. However, you may still contact Public Works by phone at 217-403-4700 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be reduced staff, so please leave a detailed message if your call goes to voice mail. If you have a Public Works emergency outside of regular hours, please contact 217-351-4545.
Please see this Public Works Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for answers to some of your questions.
The City will continue to provide timely updates, and we encourage you to visit our Facebook page and website for the latest information. We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding as we work through this situation together.
CHAMPAIGN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
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 single family residences (any dwelling with one to four units). This service is provided by your solid waste hauler. (There are seven licensed solid waste haulers that pick up residential trash/recycling in Champaign.) 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 and 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 (limit of 3 per resident). The stickers and buckets are available in the front lobby of Public Works, 702 Edgebrook Drive, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:20 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The City’s multifamily recycling program, Feed The Thing, serves residences with five or more units and all shared housing, including fraternities and 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 indoor kitchen buckets for residents. The buckets are available in the front lobby of Public Works, 702 Edgebrook Drive, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:20 p.m., Monday through Friday. If those hours do not work for you, please call 217-403-4780 or send an email to email@example.com 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 send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City does not enforce garbage/recycling hauler hours, i.e., there is no City ordinance regarding hauler hours so they can start collecting at whatever time they choose to do so. With that said, if you are having issues with noise or haulers being disruptive, you can contact the City’s Environmental Sustainability Specialist, Nichole Millage, at 217-403-4780 or send an email to email@example.com.
The City co-hosts an annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection in Champaign County (typically in April). These events are open to all State of Illinois residents; however, residents are required to register in order to participate. For more details (including event dates), please visit the online registration website. If you need assistance registering, please call 217-403-4780.
The City co-hosts a bi-annual Residential Electronics Collection Event (typically in May and October). Residents are required to register in order to participate. For more details (including event dates), 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 Year-Round?
At the bi-annual collection events, there is a limit of four TVs per person; all sizes, types, & models of TV’s will be accepted, including CRT tube TV’s. There is a seven-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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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*
(1) Illini Recycling
420 Paul Ave, Champaign (drop-off containers located on south side)
For more information, please visit Illini Recycling’s website.
(2) Republic Services (closed permanently on 11/15/18)
*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.
Updated March 18, 2020:
Event organizers for the IEPA-sponsored Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event in Champaign County have decided to cancel the upcoming April 4, 2020 event as a precaution to the COVID-19 pandemic. All registrants should have received notification via email and/or text message.
Local event organizers have already arranged with the IEPA to postpone the event until April 2021. Registrants have been given the option to reserve their same 15-minute time slot appointment for the next collection event (which is tentatively scheduled for April 10, 2021) or to cancel their appointment.
If you missed registering for this collection event, spots may become available as we get closer to April 2021. You can call 217-403-4780 to check the availability of appointment times.
Unfortunately, there is no local permanent drop-off site for residents for HHW; however, there are long-term HHW collection sites in northern IL.
Champaign County Environmental Stewards (CCES)
CCES is a non-profit community organization focused on providing safe and convenient disposal options to area residents for household materials that may pose potential health or environmental problems. For more information regarding CCES and their efforts, you can visit CCES’ Facebook page.
Long-Term HHW Collection Sites in Illinois
Long-term household hazardous waste collection sites are 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 (and 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.
PAINT DONATION OPTIONS:
(1) Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company will accept latex paint donations if the can is at least half full. Email (email@example.com) or call (217-352-4085) for more information.
(2) Habitat for Humanity ReStore will accept latex paint donations if the can is completely full. Please visit the ReStore’s website for donation hours.
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.
The City of Champaign does not currently have any paper shredding events planned. However, there are typically several Community Shred Day events that take place in Champaign County.
(1) Visit C.O.P.S. (Confidential On-Site Paper Shredding) website for local event opportunities.
(2) Champaign County Crimestoppers typically hosts an annual shred and drug collection event in either April or May.
(3) The University of Illinois Community Credit Union typically hosts an annual Shred-A-Palooza event in April.
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 seven 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.