Solid Waste & Recycling

Once you discard an item in a waste or recycle bin, do you think about where it goes? An entire industry is devoted to collecting, transporting, processing, repurposing and landfilling items in those bins.  Most people are not aware of this process, but each of us plays a role in it.  

When you choose an aluminum can or plastic bottle, a reuseable shopping bag or disposable plastic bag, a series of consequences result.  For example, the aluminum can may be recycled an infinite number of times, but the plastic bottle can only be recyled a limited number of times.  Plastic bottles are often 'downcycled' into items like carpeting or fleece fabric when they cannot be recycled into bottles any longer.  The reuseable shopping bag creates no waste, while the plastic bag does.  Simple choices each day can have a big impact on how much waste is created and ultimately the number of landfills needed to store it.  

Champaign Growing Greener Sustainability Plan - Solid Waste & Recycling Goals

Goal 1:  Reduce the amount of solid waste that is landfilled.

Goal 2:  Reduce litter in Champaign.

Goal 3:  Provide quality, cost effective solid waste and recycling services. 


How can I 'Grow Green?' 

Champaign-Urbana has many non-profit organizations that accept and resell gently used household items.  This is a great way to keep things out of the landfill or find a new treasure!