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?'
- Where do I recycle it? Visit the City of Champaign recycling website http://ci.champaign.il.us/departments/public-works/residents/recycling/
- Did you know city code requires all solid waste haulers to provide curbside recycling for single family homes (1-4 units) for NO EXTRA FEE? Check it out! http://ci.champaign.il.us/departments/public-works/residents/recycling/
- If you live in an apartment, try the Feed The Thing Multifamily (5 or more units) recycling program. http://feedthething.org/
- Curious about how to dispose of certain items? Read our guide, ‘How do I get rid of it?’ http://ci.champaign.il.us/cms/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Recycle-guide1.pdf
- Lawn waste – You can get rid of your lawn waste at the Landscape Recycling Center, where it is turned into compost, soil and mulch. It’s all local! http://www.landscaperecyclingcenter.org/
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!
- Need crafting and art supplies? Want to get rid of things like paper, dowel rods, buttons, but aren’t sure where to take them? Try the I.D.E.A. Store, an eco-edu-reuse business supporting the Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation! http://the-idea-store.org/
- Architectural salvage - Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County (PACA) http://pacacc.org/
- Furniture, construction items, household items and miscellaneous - Habitat for Humanity REStore http://cuhabitat.org/re-store/
- Clothing and household items - Goodwill Industries http://goodwill.org
- Clothing and household items - Two Trees Thrift Store http://saltandlightministry.org/#!two-trees-thrift-store/cvgz
- Clothing and household items - Salvation Army http://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/usc/locations