Recyclopedia




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  • Pile of leaves

Plants

Leaves, grass, grass clippings, yard waste, plant

  • Assorted food waste

Food Waste

Food scraps, organic waste, food

  • Herbicide bottle

Pesticides

Herbicides, Insecticides, Fungicides

  • Assorted art and craft supplies

Arts and Crafts Supplies

craft supplies, art supplies,

  • Assorted crayons in a line

Crayons

Crayola

  • car battery

Car Batteries

battery, car battery, engine battery

  • Stacked vehicle tires

Tires

car tires, truck tires, tyres, vehicle tires, rubber tires

  • windshield

Windshield

car windshield, auto glass

  • Assorted batteries

Batteries

battery, alkaline, button cell, lithium ion, nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, nickel zinc, aa, aaa, 9V, nine volt, C, D, coil cell, double a, triple a

  • lumber

Lumber

wood

  • stacked wooden pallets

Pallets

wood pallet, wooden pallet

  • sawdust pile

Sawdust

wood sawdust

  • Black Trek Bicycle

Bicycles

bicycle, bike

  • Motor Oil Container

Oil Containers

oil containers, motor oil, 30w 10

  • pile of assorted scrap metals

Scrap Metal

iron, steel, aluminum, copper, nickel, tin, titanium, zinc, gold, silver, cobalt, cadmium, lithium

  • assorted oil filters

Oil Filters

car oil filter, vehicle oil filter, filter

  • furniture

Furniture

metal furniture, glass furniture, inflatable furniture, plastic furniture, wood furniture

  • concrete-block-with-holes-

Concrete, Asphalt, Brick

asphalt, brick, concrete

  • fluorescent

Fluorescent Lights

fluorescents

  • incandescent

Incandescent Lights

lightbulb, light

  • LED

LEDs

Light, light-emitting diode, lightbulb

  • chandelier

Light Fixtures

light, chandelier, lamp,

  • ballast

Lighting Ballasts

LED Ballast, Fluorescent Ballast, Ballast

  • floor tile

Tiles

Floor, ceramic, terracotta, porcelain, tiling, flooring

  • lacquer

Lacquer

coating, varnish

  • Assorted electronic items

Electronics

E-waste, electronic waste, computers, monitors, keyboards, computer mouse, printer, scanner, TV, television, audio equipment, dvd player, VCR, calculators, cell phone, camera, digital amera, gps system, radio, video game console,

  • soil

Soil

Dirt

  • Clear glass bottle

Glass

bottle, jar, glass bottle, glass jar, glass container

  • Miracle Grow Fertilizer Bottle

Fertilizer

Nitrogen, Phosphorus, lime, plant food

  • pile of assorted fabric

Fabric

Clothing, linen, shirt, pants, undergarments, bedding

 

Plants


MAYBE

For University-owned: NO

For Personally-owned: YES

The Landscape Recycling Center of Champaign County recycles yard trimmings and waste into compost, mulch, and soil mixes. You may be able to recycle your leaves, grass clippings, or plant materials by bringing them to the center.

The city of Champaign and the city of Urbana have their own yard waste collection services. 
To learn more about the Champaign collection services, visit: https://champaignil.gov/public-works/find-a-service/yard-waste/
To learn more about the Urbana collections services, visit: https://www.urbanaillinois.us/residents/recycling-program-u-cycle/yard-waste-collection-schedule

Food Waste


MAYBE

For University Food Waste: YES

The University of Illinois does not accept food waste for composting on a campus-wide scale, but there are multiple smaller initiatives around campus. Dining operations send food waste to anaerobic digestors for energy generation. If you are eating at a campus dining location, just return your plate with leftover food on it to ensure that the food waste is utilized.

At the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment, small scale composting is happening. Anyone can bring their food scraps for composting at this tumbler as long as directions are closely followed. For use guidelines, visit: https://icap.sustainability.illinois.edu/files/project/5475/compost%20guidelines%20%281%29.pdf

If the food is still edible, Project 4 Less is a Registered Student Organization that redistributes excess food to people and organizations in need. To learn more, visit: https://www.facebook.com/Project4Less 

For Personal Food Waste: MAYBE

While there are currently no centralized food waste disposal options in the community, there are multiple smaller initiatives that you can take advantage of. Some small grocery stores may accept food waste for composting. Try contacting to see if your local store has a program such as this.

Additionally, you can begin your own composting in your backyard. Initiatives such as VermiCUlture, are working to provide Champaign-Urbana community members with vermicomposting equipment and education. To learn more, visit: https://www.vermiculture.eco/

Pesticides


NO

Pesticides like insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides cannot be recycled. 

IMPORTANT! 

Pesticides can contain harmful chemicals that can negatively impact ecosystems and humans when irresponsibly disposed of. Examples of disposal options can be found below. 

For University-owned: 

Contact the Division of Research Safety for disposal. 

For Personally-owned: 

The IL EPA provides a map of hazardous waste collection facilities for wastes like pesticides. 

Arts and Crafts Supplies


MAYBE 

Depending on the item, there may be recycling options (e.g. craft paper can be recycled through the university as well as municipal recycling programs). 

Alternatives to Disposal

Consider donating or selling before disposing of these items. Locally, the Idea Store accepts donations of arts and crafts supplies as well as other miscellaneous items. Visit their website to learn more about the items they accept. Other charity or resale shops may accept these materials.



Crayons


MAYBE

Locally, the Idea Store accepts donations of arts and crafts supplies. Additionally, non-profit organizations like The Crayon Initiative collect crayons to recycled and donate to children in need. Recycle Nation can tell you more about options like this.

Car Batteries


For university purchased: YES 

For personally purchased: MAYBE 

This can be recycled, but not at U of I. Garages and automotive centers often accept old batteries when buying a new replacement.  

IMPORTANT

It is illegal to dispose of these batteries in landfills.

 

Innertubes


MAYBE 

This item can be recycled, but not at U of I. Many bike shops partner with inner tube recycling companies so that consumers can drop off innertubes at their stores for recycling. Contact local bike shops or centers to see if they are accepting them.  

Alternatives to Disposal 

If the innertube is still in working condition, consider selling or donating it to community bike projects or shops. If the tube only has a small hole, it can be easily patched and repaired. Even if the innertube is not in working condition, there are plenty of craft and DIY projects that use innertubes you may be interested. A google search containing “DIY innertube project” can show you all the possibilities. This video shows seven ways to reuse the innertube within your bicycle! 

Doors


MAYBE


For University-Owned:  YES 

The F&S Waste Transfer Station sends Construction and Demolition material to a recycling facility. Please contact the Waste Transfer Station.

For Non-University: MAYBE 

Local recycling centers may accept this material.

Tires


For university purchased items: YES 

Any tires from university vehicles will be handled by the Facilities and Services Garage.

For personal purchased items: YES 

In the state of Illinois, it is illegal to dispose of used tires in landfills. Exchange old tires when buying new ones. If this is not an option, the IL EPA lists used tire collection facilities here. 

Windshield


MAYBE 

When having your vehicle windshield replaced, most companies will take the old windshield off your hands and recycle it themselves. Ask if the company replacing your vehicle's windshield recycles old windshields.  

 

Batteries


YES  

For University Owned: MAYBE

Alkaline, lithium ion, Nickel Cadmium, Nickel Metal Hydride, Nickel Zinc, Small Sealed Lead Acid, AA, AAA,9V, C, D, button cell, and coin cell are recyclable. Call 2 Recycle boxes located at the University of Illinois are located on this map https://icap.sustainability.illinois.edu/project/443/map 

See Car Batteries for instructions on what to do with lead-acid batteries.

Special Instructions

  • If the battery is rechargeable and greater than 9 Volts, it must be placed in a bag or the terminals must be taped before placing in the Call 2 Recycle Box. 

  • If the battery is non-rechargeable and greater than 12 Volts, it must be placed in a bag or the terminals must be taped before placing in the Call 2 Recycle Box. 

  • If the battery is a small sealed lead acid battery (SSLA/Pb), Lithium Ion (Li-Ion), Lithium, or a button/Coin cell battery, it must be placed in a bag or the terminals must be taped before placing in the Call 2 Recycle Box.  

Host a Call 2 Recycle Box 

For information on how to set up a Call 2 Recycle box at your building, visit https://icap.sustainability.illinois.edu/project/single-use-battery-recycling 

Lumber


MAYBE 

For university purchased: YES 

Contact F&S Waste Transfer Station for construction and demolition waste recycling.

For personal purchased items: MAYBE 

Local recycling centers may accept this material. 

Alternatives to disposal  

Consider re-use, selling, or donating before disposal. 

Pallets


MAYBE

For university purchased: YES 

Contact F&S Waste Transfer Station for construction and demolition waste recycling.

For personal purchased items: MAYBE 

Local recycling centers may accept this material. 

Alternatives to disposal  

Consider re-use, selling, or donating before disposal. 

Sawdust


MAYBE

For university purchased: YES 

Contact F&S Waste Transfer Station for construction and demolition waste recycling.

For personal purchased items: MAYBE 

Local recycling centers may accept this material. 

Alternatives to disposal  

Consider re-use, selling, or donating before disposal. 

Bicycles


MAYBE 

Local recycling centers may accept bikes. The International Bicycle Fund has a list with places to donate bicycles and parts. 

Alternatives to disposal

If your bike is broken, consider bringing it to a repair shop or the Campus Bike Center to fix it. Don’t want to bother? Try selling it or donating it before disposing. The Campaign Urbana Bike Project and Circle Cycle with Illinois Enactus accept bike donations along with other donation facilities. 

Oil Containers


MAYBE 

For University Owned: MAYBE

The University of Illinois Waste Transfer Station accepts #1 and #2 plastic bottles and jugs. If the container in question is either of these resin codes, place in a university recycling bin.

For personally owned: YES

Both the City of Urbana and City of Champaign accept household plastics with resin codes 1-7. Make note of the container resin code and see if your city or local recycling center accepts that type of plastic for recycling. 

Special instructions 

Make sure the container is completely empty before recycling.

Scrap Metal


MAYBE

For university purchased items: YES

The University of Illinois accepts scrap metal waste for disposal. Contact the F&S Waste Transfer Station for disposal. 

For personal purchased items: MAYBE 

Contact local scrap yards and recycling facilities for recycling.  

Examples metals

Iron, Steel, Aluminum, Copper, Nickel, Tin, Titanium, Zinc, Gold, Silver, Platinum, Cobalt, Cadmium, Lithium

Oil Filters


For university purchased: YES 

Any oil filters in university vehicles will be handled by the Facilities and Services Garage.

For personal: MAYBE

Scrap yards and recycling facilities may accept oil filters for the metal contained in them. If the recycling center is not accepting them, non-terne filters can be disposed of in regular waste pickup while Terne-plated filters are a hazardous waste. 

Special Instructions 

There are two main types of oil filters. Non-terne and Terne-plated oil filters. Terne is an alloy of tin and lead. Due to the lead content, these filters are hazardous and should be handled with care. Both types are capable of being recycled for the metal and oil in them.

Additional Information 

A used filter can contain two to eight ounces of oil in it. This oil can be reused and should be drained before recycling the filter. For information about how to drain the oil visit: https://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyPDF.cgi/50000CKP.PDF?Dockey=50000CKP.PDF 

Furniture


MAYBE

For university purchased: MAYBE

All university owned furniture should be sent to the surplus office after use.  

For personally purchased: MAYBE

Due to the variety of materials in a lot of furniture, recycling is very item-dependent. Check with local recycling centers to see if they will accept the item you have or parts of it (e.g. metal, glass, wood).

Alternatives to disposal 

Consider re-use, selling, or donating before disposal.

Mattresses


MAYBE

For university purchased: YES 

University Housing recycles mattresses. 


For personally purchased: 
NO 

Alternatives to disposal 

If in good condition, consider re-use, selling, or donating before disposal.

Concrete, Asphalt, Brick


MAYBE

For university purchased: YES 

The F&S Waste Transfer Station sends C&D material to a recycling facility. Contact the Waste Transfer Station for disposal.

For personally purchased: MAYBE

Local recycling centers may accept this material.

Fluorescent Lights


MAYBE

For university purchased: YES 

Lamps Serviced by F&S

Lamps serviced by F&S are appropriately sorted and sent for recycling. Campus units have two options:

  • Submit a work request to have mercury-containing lamps replaced and managed by F&S. There is a charge for this service, which includes labor, replacement lamps, and lamp recycling.
  • Replace the lamps internally in accordance with Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) regulations. Then submit a work request for pickup of the used lamps by F&S. For a small fee, F&S will pick up used lamps and prepare them for shipment to a recycler.
  • Campus units do not need to keep records of lamps disposed of by F&S.

Lamps Not Serviced by F&S

There are two situations where lamps are not serviced by F&S, unless a work request is placed by the campus unit.

  • Campus units that manage their own lamps, including the Housing Division, Illini Union, State Farm Center, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.
  • Lamps that are not serviced because they are associated with an item that is not part of the facility structure, including lamps in laboratory chemical hoods, incubators, cold rooms, and greenhouses.

Required Procedures for Lamps Not Serviced by F&S

  1. Remove lamp from fixture and store in closed container. 
  2. Label container "Used Lamps" and mark with the date the first used lamp was placed in it. Used lamps should not be left uncontained or in an area where they could be broken.
  3. Submit a work request to have the used lamps picked up. This is different from having F&S replace the lights. For a small fee, F&S will pick up used lamps and prepare them for shipment to a recycler. The IEPA requires that boxes of lamps can be stored no longer than one year from the accumulation start date placed on the box.


For personally purchased:
 MAYBE 

The Urbana Municipal Waste Department provides a “Where do I recycle it?” guide & the Champaign Municipal Waste Department provides a “Where do I recycle it?” guide that lists places to recycle these at.

IMPORTANT

No lamps, regardless of mercury content (with or without green end caps), can be placed directly in the trash. Unprotected low mercury lamps pose a hazard to waste transfer personnel and the environment.

 

Incandescent Lights


NO

While recycling for incandescent bulbs is possible, recycling programs for these are few and far between. These bulbs can be placed directly in the trash.

Special Instructions

Wrap in paper or other material when placing in the trash to protect yourself and sanitation workers from broken glass.


Alternatives to disposal

Consider upcycling for crafts or other projects before disposing of.

LEDs


MAYBE

The Urbana Municipal Waste Department provides a “Where do I recycle it?” guide & the Champaign Municipal Waste Department provides a “Where do I recycle it?” guide that lists places to recycle these at.

Light Fixtures


MAYBE 

Depending on the material of the item, local recycling centers may accept this for recycling. 

Alternatives to disposal

Consider upcycling, donating, or selling before disposing of. The Habitat for Humanity and other charity stores may take this item off your hands.

Lighting Ballasts


 MAYBE

Local recycling centers may accept this material for recycling.

Tiles


NO

While recycling for ceramic and porcelain tiles is possible, recycling programs for these are few and far between. These tiles can be placed directly in the trash.

Alternatives to disposal

If still in good condition, consider donating or selling. If shattered or broken, consider making art or crafts with them, or placing in the bottom of a planter to help with drainage.


Lacquer


NO

This material cannot be recycled.

Alternatives to disposal

Consider donating or selling before disposal.

Carpet and Carpet Padding


MAYBE

For University-Owned: NO

This item is not recyclable at the University of Illinois.

For Personal-Owned: MAYBE

This item might be recyclable at local recycling facilities. Check the City of Urbana 'Where do I recycle it?' guide for local recycling options. 

Additionally, the Carpet America Recovery Effort lists carpet collection sites at https://carpetrecovery.org/recovery-effort/collector-finder-map/

Electronics


MAYBE

IMPORTANT! 

In the state of Illinois, certain electronic items are banned from landfills. These items include: Televisions, monitors, printers, computers, electronic keyboards, fax machines, videocassette recorders, portable digital music players, scanners, small scale servers, video game consoles, electronic mice, cable receivers, satellite receivers, and digital video disc players and recorders. 

For University-Owned: MAYBE

All university-owned electronics should go to Surplus. Electronic devices which are not redistributed on campus are sent to CMS, where they may be redistributed via iBid public auction, or the Computers for Schools donation program (see http://www2.illinois.gov/cms/business/surplus/Pages/default.aspx for more info on those programs). If an item is nonfunctional or is not redistributed, it is sent for recycling to one of the State’s contractors, Secure Recycling Services and Secure Processors (see https://www2.illinois.gov/cms/agency/recycling/Documents/2013Datawipe-DisposalPolicy.pdf)

For Personally-Owned: MAYBE


Depending on the item, there are local options for recycling e-waste. 
This comprehensive guide outlies all electronic recycling options for Champaign County.
Champaign County holds e-waste recycling days multiple times during the year. Visit https://ecycle.simplybook.me/v2/ to learn more and register. 

Alternatives to Disposal


If the device is still working, consider selling or donating before disposing of the item. 

Soil


Yes 

For University Owned Soil: MAYBE 

Depending on the state of the soil, Facilities and Services Sites and Grounds department will accept soil from University departments or constructions projects for use. Contact Facilities and Services and ask for Grounds at 217-333-0340 to inquire about your soil.

 

For Non-university Soil: YES

The Champaign County Landscape Recycling Center will accept clean soil for recycling. 

Glass


MAYBE

For University-owned: NO

Although University Dining has limited glass recycling for their operations, the University does not have glass recycling as a whole. 

For Personally-owned: YES

Both the city of Urbana and city of Champaign collect glass through their municipal recycling programs. 
Urbana Recycling Program
Champaign Recycling Program


Additional Information

Stay Glassy is a project through the student RSO, Enactus, that upcycles glass containers  into various products. To learn more, visit https://www.illinoisenactus.com/

Fertilizer


NO

This item cannot be recycled.

IMPORTANT! 

Fertilizers contain excessive amounts of nutrients that when released into the environment can cause toxic algal blooms, such as the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Be sure to dispose of responsibly to protect your local waterways.

For University-owned:

Contact the Division of Research Safety for Disposal.

Fabric


MAYBE

There are multiple drop off locations for clothing recycling around Champaign-Urbana. Often these recycling locations are tall metal green bins located in parking lots, like this one from The Gaia Movement. The Earth 911 recycling locator can tell you where these bins are in the Champaign-Urbana area.