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Below is a list of where to recycle in Champaign-Urbana, from antifreeze to packing peanuts! We have listed items and where to take them, recycling information depending on whether you live in Champaign or Urbana, and a list of local resources that resell or re purpose donated items.


Speed Lube
710 N. Cunningham Ave., Urbana
(217) 328-4800

Architectural & Building Salvage

Preservation and Conservation Association (PACA)
44 E. Washington St., Champaign
(217) 359-7222
*Call for acceptable items


Bill Smith Auto Parts
3405 N. Countryview Rd., Urbana
(217) 367-5090

Mack's Auto Recycling
1309 E. Kerr Ave., Urbana
(217) 367-6219

Mervis Recycling
3008 N. Cunningham Ave., Urbana
(217) 344-7696


Drop-off locations:

Anita Purves Nature Center
1505 N. Broadway Ave., Urbana

Phillips Recreation Center
505 W. Stoughton St., Urbana

Urbana City Building
400 S. Vine St., Urbana  (Vine Street entrance)

Urbana Free Library
210 W. Green St., Urbana  (First floor near circulation desk)

Urbana Public Works
706 S. Glover Ave., Urbana

Champaign Public Works
702 Edgebrook Drive, Champaign
Lobby Hours:  Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Household quantities only. Batteries are not accepted from schools, businesses, or institutions.

Please tape all rechargeable batteries and lithium batteries, including lithium button cell batteries.

Alkaline (single-use) batteries, non-lithium button cell batteries, NiMH, NiCad, and Zinc Air do NOT need to be taped.

No Car or Truck Batteries Accepted

No Batteries Over 5 lbs Accepted

For recycling batteries in Urbana, click here.

For recycling batteries in Champaign, click here.


Mack's Twin City Recycling
2808 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana
(217) 328-2100
*Call for fee ($)


Walmart Vision Centers - Lion's Club Box
100 S. High Cross Rd., Urbana
(217) 344-6203          

Urbana Free Library - Lion's Club Box
210 W. Green St., Urbana
(217) 367-4057

Fire Extinguishers

Illini Fire Equipment
2801 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana
(217) 367-9521


Dart Container
1505 East Main Street, Urbana, IL 61802

Drop offs are publicly accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and completely free of charge. They provide an option for local residents, businesses and organizations to recycle foam, often mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam, labeled with a #6 chasing arrows symbol. The drop-offs, accept a wide variety of recyclable foam including foam cups, foam egg cartons, foam meat trays, foam ice chests, and foam packaging which is frequently used to protect fragile materials like TVs during shipping. Once collected, the foam is recycled into many different types of products including picture frames, baseboards, and crown molding.

Here are the guidelines for participation in the program:
Make sure foam has the #6 chasing arrows symbol on it.
Deposit foam in a clear or translucent bag.
Rinse or wipe food service containers free from food.
Remove straws, lids, tape or any other non-foam material.
Do not include foam-packaging peanuts.

For more information, click here.

Household Hazardous Waste

Oil Disposal – Oil can be taken to local garages, if they accept oil to be dropped off. Garages should be called for more information.

Paint (& Paint Thinner) Disposal – For excess amounts of paint (or paint thinner), the City recommends contacting school theater departments to see if it can be used for props. Paint (and paint thinner) can also be mixed with materials such as cat litter or sand, or poured on newspaper, and allowed to dry.  Once the paint (or paint thinner) has dried, all materials can be disposed of in the garbage.

Safety-Kleen (home collection only)
Call (217) 328-2000 for fees ($) and acceptable items; home pick-up only.

For more information, click here.

Junk Mail

In order to reduce the amount of unwanted junk mail your household receives, you can contact the following organizations to reduce or end the amount of unsolicited mail you receive:

Catalogs, Magazines, Telephone directories, Misc. mail
Catalog Choice

Credit Card & Insurance Offers

National Mailings
Direct Marketing Association
(212) 768-7277, ext. 1888 (for inquiries)

To learn more about all junk mail opt-out options available nationwide, please visit the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse at https://www.privacyrights.org and click on the link titled, Junk Mail/Faxes/E-mail

For more information, click here.


Prescription and over-the-counter medications, including controlled substances and pet medications are accepted at one of the following locations:

Champaign Police Department
82 E. University Ave., Champaign

University of Illinois Police Department
1110 W. Springfield Ave., Urbana

Walgreens (only one location)
1713 W. Springfield Ave., Champaign

Needles, sharps, or syringes are not accepted; for disposal options, contact the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District at 217.352.7961, or it is safe to place them in a hard, plastic container such as a laundry detergent or bleach bottle with a tightly-sealed cap.

For more information, click here.

Mercury Thermometers & Thermostats

Urbana Public Works
706 S. Glover Ave., Urbana
(217) 384-2302
Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM
(Urbana Residents Only)
*Please place each thermometer or thermostat separately in a sealed bag before dropping off - No broken or cracked thermometers or thermostats!*

Link to their website.

Champaign Public Works
702 Edgebrook Drive, Champaign

They accept all brands of wall-mounted, mercury-switch thermostats or sensors.

Link to their website.


Mack's Twin City Recycling
2808 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana
(217) 328-2100
*Call for acceptable items and fees ($) - MICROWAVES ACCEPTED HERE

Mervis (Advantage) Recycling
3008 N. Cunningham Ave., Urbana
(217) 344-7696
*Call for acceptable items and fees ($) - NO MICROWAVES ACCEPTED

Auto Batteries (Lead Acid Only)

Advance Auto Parts
110 N. Vine St., Urbana
(217) 337-0072

606 E. Main St., Urbana
(217) 328-9903

Battery Specialists
133 Kenyon Rd., Champaign
(217) 352-0591

Interstate All Battery Center
2504 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign
(217) 355-4855

Cell Phones

Urbana City Building
400 S. Vine St., Urbana
(217) 384-2302 (Box at Vine Street entrance)

Urbana Free Library
210 W. Green St., Urbana
(217) 367-4057 (Box near information center & battery tube, 1st floor)

Urbana Public Works
706 S. Glover Ave., Urbana
(217) 384-2302 (Box at entrance of building)

Concrete and Asphalt

Mid-America Recycling
2906 N. Oak St., Urbana
(217) 840-2646
*Call for fees ($)

Construction & Demolition Debris

Henson Disposal & Recycling
910 Saline Ct., Urbana
(309) 530-8822

*Will accept shingles (asphalt & wood); wood; drywall & plaster; metals; cardboard & paper products; aggregate (bricks, concrete, rock, asphalt); glass; vinyl siding; bulk & clear plastics; carpet, pad, tile & flooring

**One ton minimum/$85 - call for fees ($)

Link to their website.


912 W. Anthony Dr., Champaign; store drop-off only: Mon-Sat 9am-7pm & Sun 12pm-6pm
(217) 359-8729
1201 Savoy Plaza Ln, Savoy; store drop-off only: Mon-Sat 9am-8pm & Sun 12pm-7pm
(217) 503-6076

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
119 E. University Ave., Champaign; store drop-off only: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm & Sat 10am-4pm
(217) 355-6460

Best Buy
2117 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign; during business hours; 3 item limit per household per day
(217) 352-8883
List of accepted items here

Mack’s Twin City Recycling
2808 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana; drop-off: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm & Sat 8am-11:20am
(217) 328-2100
(No TV’s or CRT Monitors)
*Accepts Microwaves

Mervis Recycling
3008 N. Cunningham Ave., Urbana; drop-off: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm & Sat 8am-12pm
(217) 344-7696

2005 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign; during business hours; 3 item limit per household per day
(217) 373-8490
(Restricted to items that they sell there; shredders, flat panel computer monitors, etc.)

Office Depot
Tech Recycling Program
111 Convenience Center Dr., Champaign; during business hours
(217) 373-5202

For more information, click here.

Ink Jet Cartridges

Anita Purves Nature Center
1505 N. Broadway Ave., Urbana
(217) 384-4062

Best Buy
2117 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign
(217) 352-8883

Urbana City Building
400 S. Vine St., Urbana (Vine Street entrance)
(217) 384-2302

Urbana Free Library
210 W. Green St., Urbana
(217) 367-4057

Urbana Public Works
706 S. Glover Ave., Urbana
(217) 384-230

Linear Fluorescent Lamps (4 ft or 8 ft) 

Linear fluorescent lamps ONLY can be dropped off at the following businesses for a small recycling fee ($):

Springfield Electric
901 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign
(217) 351-7600
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.;  Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
*Will accept 4 ft or 8 ft lamps only; 4 ft lamp = $0.60/lamp; 8 ft lamp = $1.20/lamp

Tepper Electric
608 S. Neil St., Champaign
(217) 356-3755
Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.;  Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 12 noon
*Will accept 4 ft or 8 ft lamps only; 4ft lamp = $0.68/lamp; 8 ft lamp = $1.34/lamp

Linear fluorescents must be intact & placed in a plastic bag or box and brought to the store during business hours only. 

Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL)

Intact CFL bulbs may be dropped off for FREE at: 

1904 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign
(217) 373-7300

Home Depot
820 Bloomington Rd., Champaign
(217) 356-2629

For more information about recycling CFL bulbs, visit www.actonenergy.com 

Packing Peanuts

Mail & Parcel Plus
2206 W. Springfield Ave., Champaign
(217) 359-6245

UPS Store (Baytowne Shoppes)
907 W. Marketview Dr., Champaign
(217) 359-6233

UPS Store (Old Farm Shops)
1717 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign
(217) 359-4000

Champaign Recycling

Single Family:
Curbside Recycling

City ordinances provide for curbside recycling to all citizens who live in a single to four-plex residence. This service is provided by your solid waste hauler. (There are 8 licensed solid waste haulers that pick up residential trash/recycling in Champaign; their names & phone numbers can be found here. Your 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, & beer packaging)
Beverage carrier stock (ex: bottled beer holders & drink carriers from fast food restaurants)
Magazines, catalogs
Newspaper & inserts, telephone directories, paperback books
Residential mixed paper (mail, computer paper, ledger paper, etc.)
Tin & bi-metal food & beverage cans, empty aerosol cans
Aluminum food & beverage cans, foil, & trays
Food & beverage mixed glass containers (clear, flint, brown, & 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.

The City provides FREE recycling stickers for carts or totes. To request stickers, please email recycling@champaignil.gov and include your name and mailing address.

For more information, click here.

Multifamily (Apartments)

The Multifamily/Feed The Thing program serves residences with five or more units and all shared housing, which includes fraternities, sororities. The City provides free blue 95-gallon containers for participating buildings.

For more information, click here.



At-home-composting for yard waste material is legal in the City of Champaign.

Information and a “How To” brochure is available by contacting:
University of Illinois Extension – Champaign County

801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite D Champaign, Illinois 61821
217) 333-7672

For more information on composting, click here.

Yard Waste

The City of Champaign sponsors two seasonal yard waste collections during the year (one in spring and one in fall) and a Christmas tree collection for all residential properties in the City. The fall yard waste collection provides residents with four collection opportunities, while the spring yard waste collection provides two collection opportunities.

For more information on yard waste collection, click here.

Urbana Recycling

Acceptable Recyclables:

Residential Mixed Paper
Any paper that is written upon, read from, or used for packaging including:
newspaper and inserts, cardboard, paperboard, junk mail, ledgers, file folders or computer paper, magazines, catalogs, phone directories, paperback & hardcover books (please limit to 20 lbs. per set out).

Food & Beverage Containers
Aluminum cans and foil (clean), steel cans, aerosol cans (empty), except paint cans!, glass bottles & jars, all colors accepted, six-pack ring carriers, beverage cartons.

Plastic shopping bags (grocery and retail only; must have a #2 or #4 on bag); Bags must be clean, dry and bundled separately from other recyclables into one retail bag (no garbage bags accepted).

Plastic containers - any color plastic food or beverage container, except Styrofoam!
These plastic resin code numbers are accepted:
1 PETE (Polyethylene, Terephthalate): Soft drink & water bottles or food containers
2 HDPE (High Density Polyethylene): Milk jugs, detergent bottles, shopping bags (bundled)
3 V (Polyvinyl Chloride): Health & beauty aide products, cooking oil bottles and household cleaners
4 LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene): Margarine tubs & lids, frozen dessert cups, six-pack rings, shopping bags (bundled)
5 PP (Polypropylene): Yogurt cups, syrup bottles, deli trays, plant pots and caps/lids. Plant pots must be rinsed free of dirt.
6 PS (Polystyrene): Rigid #6 plastics only, such as to-go coffee lids, bakery containers; No Styrofoam
7 OTHER (Other resins): Microwaveable containers and narrow-neck bottles

Please take a moment to:
Rinse all containers, Caps/lids can be recycled, may be left on bottle or container once rinsed, Remove food box liners or plastic film, Flatten all boxes, Cut large cardboard to less than 2' x 3', Keep paper fibers dry, Keep materials loose in the U-Cart (please don't bag recyclables in garbage bags)

Unacceptable Materials:
Garbage bags - keep materials loose in U-Cart, food waste/organics, plastic film - such as Ziploc bags, bread bags, newspaper sleeves, wrappers (chip bags, candy, fast food, etc), Styrofoam (foam) products - such as egg cartons, deli or meat trays, packaging "peanuts", scrap metal or wood, single-use paper products (paper towel, tissue paper, cups/plates), food packaging materials, plastic cutlery, food-soiled boxes, hazardous waste (i.e. motor oil, pesticide containers, paint, batteries, etc), toys, ceramics/mirrors, gift wrap/ribbon/bows, landscape waste, textiles/shoes, medical waste.

For more information, click here.

Landscape Recycling Center

1210 E University Ave, Urbana, IL 61802

A not-for-profit facility that turns local yard debris such as grass clippings, brush and plant cuttings into useful mulches and compost for the home and garden. Other products such as granite fines, asphalt millings and street pavers are materials that have been specifically salvaged for recycling.

Any resident of Champaign County may drop off yard debris to be recycled.

Link to their website.


At-home-composting for yard waste material is legal in the City of Urbana.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

119 E University Ave, Champaign, IL 61820

The ReStore assures that over 400 tons of materials never make it to a landfill each year. They accept just about everything – including the kitchen sink!

To make a donation, drop off anytime Monday – Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.

To arrange a pick up of your donations call (217) 359-0507.
There is a $10 flat fee for a pick up.

The ReStore is open Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-4pm. 

Link to their website.

The I.D.E.A. Store

125 Lincoln Square, Urbana, IL 61801

The Idea Store is a nonprofit organization that fosters creativity, environmental stewardship, education, and community through reuse. Your donations keep literally tons of materials out of the waste stream each year and place them into the hands of families, artists, teachers, students, and community members. Plus, your donation is tax-deductible. The I.D.E.A. Store will accept many home or domestic items, as long as they are properly washed and clean, safe, and non-toxic.

Link to accepted donations.

Illini Gadget Garage

A place to repair broken technology instead of recycling.

Funded by the UI Student Sustainability Commitee (SSC), this project involves launching a collaborative repair center for University of Illinois student and staff owned electronic devices, in order to: extend the useful life of products; provide experiential learning for students through associated classes, volunteering, and participation in the iFixit Technical Writing Project; and empower people to see do-it-yourself repair as a viable option for addressing minor damage and performance issues.

Link to their website.

Link to their Facebook page.

Linspyre E-Waste Collection

Monticello, IL USA
(217) 520 4605

Linspyre, a local tech company based in Monticello, has begun offering e-waste collections for those living in Monticello, Champaign, Urbana, White Heath, Seymour, Bondville, and Savoy. They will come pick up your items. The cost depends on how much you have. If your items can fit in a compact car, and you use the service no more than once a month, pick up is free. They also wipe your hard drives for free to protect you from identity theft.

They accept:     

Computers (desktops, laptops, tablets, servers), Computer Accessories (keyboard, mice, cables, zip drives, hard drives), Printers, Scanners, & Fax Machines, Cell Phones, PDAs, Portable Digital Music Players, DVD & VCR Players/Recorders, Cable/Satellite Receivers & Digital Converters, Stereo Equipment (receivers, CD Players, turntables, cassette decks), Cameras (film, digital, video), Video Game Consoles, Computer Monitors* ($25 CRT/$10 flat panel), Televisions* ($25 CRT/$10 flat panel)

The do not accept:

Projection TVs, Large Console TVs, Broken TVs (with a cracked picture tube or LCD panel), Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors

For more information, click here.

UC Books to Prisoners

An Urbana Illinois based project providing books to Illinois inmates at no cost by mail as well as through two county jail libraries.

Book Donations:

High demand topics:
Dictionaries, GED prep, poetry, urban fiction, writing, drawing, addiction & recovery, history, health & exercise, guides to learning a trade (construction etc).

Please do not donate:
Encyclopedias, readers digest condensed books, cliff notes, books in poor condition, pamphlets, reports, articles, academic journals, textbooks older than 5 years, moldy, dusty, poorly stored books, spiral bound textbooks, magazines (including National Geographics).

If you live outside of the Champaign/Urbana area and would like to mail your donation, please do so at the following address:

UC Books to Prisoners
Book Donation Processing
PO Box 515
Urbana IL 61803

Local book drop-off sites:

Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center
202 S. Broadway Ave. Urbana
(217) 344-8820

Common Ground Food Co-op
Lincoln Square Village - 300 S. Broadway Ave. Suite 166 Urbana
(217) 352-3347

Parkland College
2400 West Bradley Ave Champaign
(217) 351-2200

Harmony Health Care
2403 W Springfield Ave. Champaign
(217) 355-5679

McKinley Presbyterian Church & Foundation
809 S. 5th St. Champaign
(217) 344-0297

Rose & Taylor Barber Shop
124 N 1st St #1, Champaign IL 61820

Typcially donation bins hold up to 150 books, however if you have additional boxed books, you can neatly stack them near the collection bin.

Computer Donations:

UC Books to Prisoners accepts donations of current computer hardware. If you have current computer hardware to donate please call Jay at 217-417-6837 to arrange the donation.

Equipment Needed:
Complete Mac or PC systems less than 5 years old. Apple iPads.

Link to their website and how to donate.

Courage Connections

201 Lincoln Square, Urbana, IL 61801

Accepts donations of new and gently used items for resale on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 1pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm. Donations are tax-deductible.

Before bringing in a large item for donation or if you have any questions, you can contact store@courageconnection.org.

Link to accepted donations.