For information on where to recycle such items as appliances, batteries, cellular phones, paint, and much more:

City of Champaign Recycling Guide

For more ideas and ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, please visit “Champaign County’s Reduce – Reuse – Recycle webpage at:


Single Family Curbside Recycling

(one to four units)

The City strongly supports recycling and encourages all citizens to take part in waste reduction. Citizens may take part by participating in the City’s curbside recycling service.  For more information, check out this BROCHURE.  The City provides FREE recycling stickers for carts or totes.  Please call 217.403.4780 for more information.

Multifamily/FeedTheThing Recycling Program 

(five or more units)

On December 1, 2010, the City began a recycling program for multifamily properties. This program includes buildings with five or more units (apartments, condos, co-ops) and all shared housing, which includes fraternities, sororities, and other shared living arrangements.  Visit for more information.  The City provides FREE 5-gallon kitchen buckets for your recyclables.  Please call 217.403.4780 for more information.

Garbage Service

All refuse collection in the City of Champaign is handled by private haulers.  There are nine commercial haulers that provide residential trash service in Champaign. Burning and the accumulation of garbage are prohibited in Champaign. Garbage haulers can be found in the yellow pages in the phone book under “Garbage & Rubbish Removal.” Materials can also be taken to the Solid Waste Transfer Station located at 915 W. Saline Dr. in Urbana. The transfer station’s phone number is 384-2274. There is a drop-off fee for all materials.

Electronics Recycling – (TV’s, Monitors, Etc.)

Electronics were banned from Illinois landfills on January 2012.  Many electronic products contain toxic lead, mercury, cadmium, and other materials that pose environmental and health risks that must be managed.  Many electronic items contain metals, plastics, or leaded glass that can be recycled into basic commodities or products, and then re-marketed for re-use.  The re-use of these components conserves natural resources and energy, and contributes to reduced air and water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Household Hazardous Waste

The City recommends purchasing only the amount of hazardous materials needed to reduce the disposal of hazardous wastes. The City periodically co-sponsors a household hazardous waste collection.  If one is planned for 2014 or 2015, we will post that information as soon as it is available.  These drop-offs are in conjunction with the IEPA and are not held on a regular basis.

UPCOMING EVENT:  A household hazardous waste collection has been scheduled for Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at LANDSCAPE WASTE FACILITY – 904 Allerton Road, MONTICELLO.

Mercury Thermostat Recycling

Bring your household mercury thermostat(s) to Champaign Public Works to be recycled for FREE!   We accept all brands of wall-mounted, mercury-switch thermostats or sensors.

Champaign Public Works, 702 Edgebrook Drive, Champaign.

This program is coordinated by the Environmental Sustainability Specialist, 217.403.4780.  Office hours: Monday – Friday,  8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Yard Waste and Christmas Tree Pickups

The City provides yard waste collection services for all residential properties within City limits at three times each year: Spring, Fall, and after Christmas.


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