Feed The Thing
It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s right outside your door waiting to be fed. It’s The Thing, Champaign’s non-sort recycling bin located at all shared residences and multifamily residences with five units or more. Making the right thing, the easy thing to do.
No sorting required. Paper, Plastic, Metal, Yum.
If it’s good to go, it goes right in.
PLASTIC AND GLASS
We accept all glass and plastic no. 1-7 (check for recycling symbol on container), as well as plastic shopping bags. Please rinse all containers and flatten plastic containers to save space.
CARDBOARD AND PAPER
We accept corrugated cardboard and boxboard (i.e. cereal, soda, and beer packaging). Please flatten all boxes. We also accept magazines, paperback books, paper bags, newspaper and mixed paper, as well as plastic/wax-coated paper (milk and juice cartons). Clean pizza boxes can be recycled.
We accept most metal cans (tin, steel, and aluminum), including empty aerosol cans. Labels do not need to be removed. Please rinse all cans and flatten drink cans to save space. Clean aluminum foil and trays can also be recycled.
WHAT IF I NEED MORE SPACE?
If your recycling needs begin to outpace your holding capacity, just send an email to [email protected] or call the City’s Environmental Sustainability Specialist at 217-403-4780. We will be glad to add more bins or change the recycling schedule to collect as much as we can.
As a free-ranging forager, you’ll find The Thing at all shared residences and multifamily residences in the City with five units or more. And, while there are no set rules for its location, it typically goes where the garbage flows, staking out prime feeding locations near dumpsters where pop cans and pizza boxes are abundant. For more information, ask your landlord or supervisor for sightings in your immediate location.
Look for The Thing at:
- Apartment Buildings
Pretty much any shared housing arrangement with five or more units!
Would you like a free 5-gallon bucket to collect your recyclables before you Feed The Thing?
You can pick up a free 5-gallon bucket at Champaign Public Works, 702 Edgebrook Drive, Monday thru Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:20 p.m.
First and foremost, the goal was to reduce the amount of solid waste going to landfills. And there were a lot of great ideas for doing that, including encouraging commercial recycling, promoting recycling in public and private schools, and expanding the list of materials accepted for recycling. But at the top of the list was a new idea – to make recycling easier by providing onsite recycling for all residential buildings with five or more units. And thus, The Thing was born.
In October 2009, City staff returned to the City Council with alternatives for providing recycling to these multifamily properties (read the full report). Upon their recommendations, Council directed staff to implement a new program, managed by the City and supported by a fee assessed to property owners. And then, the real work began. From selecting a hauler to finding a company that would provide 2,750 large collection cans, City staff worked with Council to implement an innovative program that would serve approximately 30,000 people living in Champaign. A Recycling Coordinator was hired to manage the program, and finally, a local marketing firm was hired to brand the program and get the word out.
On November 2, 2010, Council approved the Ordinance officially enabling the program, and Things literally started to roll, with thousands of carts arriving at residences across the City in the following weeks in preparation for a December 1 launch. Ultimately, with your help, the City hopes to recycle 2,600 tons of waste annually, making better use of our resources while making our city a more beautiful place to live.
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.)
Stuff and Things:
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, Monday thru Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:20 p.m.
Helpful Recycling Links:
- City’s Recycling Guide for Residents
- Upcoming Recycling Events
- Keep Champaign Beautiful
- Keep Champaign Beautiful – Facebook Page (Follow this page for up-to-date info regarding recycling events, etc.!)
- America Recycles Day
- IL Recycling Association
- IL Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)
- IEPA Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
- US Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Sustainability Specialist
Public Works Department
702 Edgebrook Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
Email: [email protected]