The UIUC Student Recycling Guide

 

 

Feed the Thing (Champaign) U-Cycle

(Urbana)

University Housing
Glass ALL ALL NO
Plastic1

1. Numbers indicate the chemical makeup of the plastic type used. Be sure to check containers for the number before recycling.

#1-7

Includes shopping bags

Rinse & flatten containers

#1-7

Shopping bags must be clean, dry, & bundled into one bag (not garbage bag)

Rinse containers

#1-2

Rinse containers

No plastic bags

Cardboard/Paper Corrugated cardboard/boxboard

Mixed paper

Magazines, paperback books, bags, newspaper

Plastic/wax-coated paper (i.e. beverage cartons)

Clean pizza boxes

Flatten all boxes

Cardboard & paperboard

Mixed paper
Magazines, newspaper, paperback, & hardcover books

Beverage cartons

Flatten all boxes

All mixed paper

Cardboard must be broken down

Cans Most tin, steel, & aluminum cans

Empty aerosol cans

Clean aluminum foil/trays

Rinse & flatten drink cans

Clean aluminum cans & foil
Steel cans

Empty aerosol cans

Aluminum, tin, & steel cans

Rinse containers

Cannot recycle2

2. Please note that these lists are a sample of what is explicitly forbidden on each city’s website, if you are unsure about a material, be sure to double-check the websites or do more research to see if the material is generally recyclable.

Garbage bags

Styrofoam

Food-soiled materials
(i.e. greasy pizza boxes)
Batteries
Scrap metal
Light bulbs
Batteries

Hazardous waste

Garbage bags

Styrofoam

Food waste

Food-soiled materials

(i.e. greasy pizza boxes)

Plastic film

Scrap metal

Wood

Single-use paper
Plastic cutlery
Hazardous waste

Glass

Plastics #3-7

Generally all materials forbidden in Champaign or Urbana cannot be recycled in Housing either

 

Of all the personal actions individuals can take to protect the environment, one of the most simple and ubiquitous is recycling. It’s probably the most common sustainable activity, but oftentimes, the rules of what to recycle and what not to are unknown. This helpful chart should make it easier for UIUC students to know what to put in their recycling bins and what not to.

It’s worth noting that just because you can’t recycle something where you live, you can still recycle it elsewhere – you don’t have to toss it in the trash. In Champaign, recycling drop-off business Illini Recycling will take almost all standard plastics, papers, cans, and glasses. For scrap metal, Mervis Recycling and Mack’s Twin City Recycling, both in Urbana, are recycling options. For any other materials you don’t see on this page, a quick search of the Champaign or Urbana city websites should give you a good idea of where to take your stuff. These sites will also give more detailed instructions on what materials to clean, flatten, etcetera, before you put them in your recycling bin. Happy recycling, everyone!

 

Sources:

 

  1. http://feedthething.org/whatiteats/
  2. http://www.urbanaillinois.us/recyclables
  3. http://www.housing.illinois.edu/aboutus/sustainability/recycling
  4. http://www.chambanamoms.com/2016/05/19/recycling-in-champaign-urbana/

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