Acceptable Materials

Bins for Paper

Office Paper: All Types
Envelopes: All Types
Junk Mail
Ream Wrappers
Phone Books
Manila and File Folders

Cardboard *
Carbon Paper
Fax Paper
Candy Wrappers
Coffee Cups
Metal Report Covers
Paper Towels
Blue Prints

Deskside for Paper Blue Bin

Use a deskside paper bin to collect materials for personal transfer to a full-size paper bin.

Bins for Bottles & Cans

Plastic bottles (#1 & #2)


Non-bottle shaped plastics
Steel, Tin, Glass


There are cardboard dumpsters placed at select locations throughout campus. F&S is working to create an online map for your reference.  In the meantime, you may place campus cardboard in any of the dumpsters marked as "cardboard only."

*For individual buildings, contact facility managers or Building Service Workers (BSW) for best cardboard recycling practices. 


To recycle large quantities of books, please call Waste Management & Recycling at 217-244-SAVE or email

Recycling Tips

Recycling in the Office

  • Make two sided copies. Save paper at the copy machine and space in your filing cabinet.
  • Distribute memos and drafts through e-mail instead of making copies.
  • Reuse envelopes for campus mail.
  • Print short memos on half sheets of paper.
  • Route memos and subscriptions.
  • Purchase supplies made from recycled materials -- complete the loop!
  • Use the back of scrap paper to print draft copies of reports.

Recycling in Class

  • Use two sided copies for handouts and exams.
  • Submit assignments electronically.
  • Use notebooks completely before recycling them.

Recycling at Home

  • Bring your own container to the grocery store and buy goods in bulk.
  • Buy products made from recycled material that come in recyclable containers.
  • Pack your lunch in reusable containers.
  • Build a compost pile.
  • Donate unused clothing and household items to community organizations.

General Tips

  • Use your own mug - it saves paper cups and money.
  • Bring your own bag when you go to the store. (If everyone in the U.S. reused their grocery bags just once, 60,000 trees would be saved.)
  • Use one paper towel instead of two to dry your hands.
  • Place recyclable items in appropriate recycle bins.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!