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CHAMPAIGN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY/RECYCLING
Nichole Millage, Environmental Sustainability Specialist
Champaign Public Works Department
702 Edgebrook Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
Recycling & Disposal Opportunities
WHERE DO I RECYCLE IT?
Click here for information on where to recycle, donate, or dispose of stuff.
City Recycling Programs (& Information About Trash)
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 Recycling Program, Feed The Thing.
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 currently four licensed solid waste haulers that pick up residential trash/recycling in Champaign.) Your trash 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 2 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.
Or you can request the stickers by phone 217-403-4780 or send an email to [email protected] (please provide your name and address).
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 (limit of 2 per resident). 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 protected] 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. (This fee has remained the same since the inception of the program in 2010.)
Please contact the City’s Environmental Sustainability Specialist, Nichole Millage, for more information at 217-403-4780 or send an email to [email protected].
HOURS: The City does not enforce trash/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 protected].
HAULERS: Champaign City ordinance requires every household to sign up for weekly solid waste pick-up. All solid waste (trash, recyclables, etc.) collection in the City of Champaign is handled by private solid waste haulers who are licensed. Licenses are issued by the City Clerk. Contact the haulers for pricing. There are currently FOUR solid waste haulers offering this service. If you live in a single family residence (1 to 4 units), please see the corresponding tab above for SF recycling information, and if you live in a multifamily residence (5 or more units), please see the corresponding tab above for MF recycling information.
The haulers listed below can be found in the yellow pages and are currently licensed to haul in Champaign:
1. ABC Sanitary Hauling, 217-356-0909
2. GFL Environmental, Inc. (f/k/a Area Disposal Service, Inc.), 1-888-895-8696 or 217-893-3675
3. Illini Recycling, 217-356-0648
4. Republic Services, 217-367-2278
No longer doing residential weekly garbage hauling in the City of Champaign:
– Hayden Sanitary (acquired by GFL Environmental on 6/1/22)
– Shaffer’s Sanitary Co. (acquired by GFL Environmental on 3/1/23)
– Waste Management (f/k/a Advanced Disposal) (divested by GFL Environmental on 6/1/22)
The City of Champaign does not have a commercial trash/recycling program; however, several private haulers operating in the City of Champaign offer commercial trash &/or recycling options to businesses. Businesses should contact one of those private haulers to set up trash &/or recycling and obtain pricing for the service. Haulers set their own trash & recycling collection rates. There are a variety of services offered by the different haulers, ranging from cardboard only collection to co-mingled recycling 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.)
They offer commercial trash & recycling services, including weekly pick up services. They also offer roll-off & dumpster services.
GFL Environmental, Inc. (f/k/a Area Disposal Service & Peoria Disposal Company)
They offer commercial trash & recycling services, including weekly pick-up services. They also offer roll-off & dumpster services.
They offer weekly trash & recycling services but only with their 95-gallon containers – no dumpsters. They also offer roll-off dumpster services.
*Also a construction & demolition recycling facility.
*Also operates a public recycling drop-off site.
Midwest Fiber Recycling
They offer recycling services only, including weekly pick-up services.
Republic Services, a/k/a Allied Waste
They offer trash & recycling services, including weekly pick up services. They also offer roll-off & dumpster services.
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.
For more information about Keep Champaign Beautiful, visit the KCB webpage.
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. (Best Buy will accept certain sizes/types of TVs for recycling for a $29.99 fee. Best Buy is the ONLY establishment accepting TVs of any kind for recycling in the Champaign County area.) 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 [email protected].
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 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.
THE CITY DOES NOT HAVE A DROP-OFF RECYCLING CENTER.
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There is also a group buy program available called Solar Urbana-Champaign! This program restarts every Spring (and ends at the end of October). Homeowners and commercial property owners throughout Champaign, Piatt, and Vermilion counties may participate in the program to help pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable. (This is on top of a 30% federal tax credit, as well as SREC (solar renewable energy certificates) incentives!) They host info-sharing ‘solar power hours’ and answer all of your questions and concerns, and then follow up with a free assessment. The program will start back up again in Spring 2023!
The City of Champaign encourages residents to utilize reusable bags whenever possible. The City will even provide you with a free reusable canvas bag! The bags 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 also provides FREE recycling stickers for carts or totes, as well as FREE 5-gallon INDOOR recycling buckets (limit of 2 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. Or you can request the stickers by phone 217-403-4780 or send an email to the City’s Environmental Sustainability Specialist at [email protected] (please provide your name and address).
The City co-hosts an annual One-Day IEPA-Sponsored Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event in Champaign County (typically held 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.
Unfortunately, there is no local permanent drop-off site for residents for HHW; however, there are long-term HHW collection sites in northern IL, as well as other events held in other counties.
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 Paint Disposal/Donation
Staff receives numerous inquiries regarding paint disposal. Oil-based paint is accepted at the annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events, however, latex/water-based paint is NOT toxic, and therefore, it is NOT accepted at the HHW Collection Events. Options for disposal/donation:
- Give it away! For excess amounts of paint (or paint thinner), the City recommends contacting school theatre departments to see if it can be used for props. One option: Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company has been known to accept latex paint donations if the can is at least half full. Email ([email protected]) or call (217-352-4085) for more information. Or ask around (use social media if that’s your thing) and you may find somebody who needs to paint a small area.
- Use an absorbent! 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/water-based and oil-based paints.
- Store it for later! Everyone has good intentions to use half-filled paint cans for “touch ups” that never come. Also, many people have saved paint that becomes unusable over time before it’s called into action. If you do save your paint for later, follow some easy tips to make the paint last longer. Just cover the opening with plastic wrap, and make sure the lid fits securely so the paint doesn’t leak. Then turn the paint can upside down! This creates a tight seal, and keeps the paint fresh to use again.
Commercial HHW Disposal Regulations
Commercial organizations are covered by different regulations and should call the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for current disposal requirements. (IEPA contact: Tom Hubbard, email: [email protected] or phone: 1-217-524-3286)
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) Champaign County Crimestoppers typically hosts annual shred and drug collection events in the spring (April/May) and fall (September/October).
(2) 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 four 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.