The following items are not accepted for recycling in our program:
- Plastic bags (they can be returned to grocery or department stores)
- Expanded foam or #6 plastic polystyrene including Styrofoam, plastic egg cartons and clear plastic deli / bakery-type containers
- Motor oil, insecticide, herbicide, and other hazardous chemical containers
- Plastic film (no plastic bags, sleeves, sheets, tarps or wrap)
- Six-pack plastic rings and other plastic beverage holder rings
- Paper containers for liquids including "gable top" cartons usually containing juice, milk or wine
- Soiled paper towels or napkins
- Window glass, mirrors, drinking glasses, dinnerware or ceramics (tempered glass is not recyclable in our program)
- Plastic children's toys
- Rechargeable batteries
- Propane Tanks
Other Recycling and Reuse Options in Bloomington-Normal
Batteries (small fee may apply)
- Interstate Batteries 1115 E Lafayette St., Bloomington 309-663-5911
- Batteries + Bulbs 1715 Bradford Ln., Normal 309-663-2200
Furniture & Home Goods
Appliances must be in working condition. Please call ahead for donation details.
- Habitat ReStore 1402 W Washington St. 309-454-6047
- Recycling Furniture For Families 515 N Center St. 309-829-6500
CFL Light Bulbs
- Batteries + Bulbs 1715 Bradford Ln. 309-663-2200 (small fee may apply)
- Accepts tube fluorescents
- Home Depot 795 Veterans Pkwy 309-452-4031
- Lowes 2101 E Empire St. 309-661-6467
Plastic Shopping Bags
- Take to your local grocery store.
- Carle BroMenn Resale Boutique 1322 S Main, Normal 309-556-7467
- Goodwill 302 Landmark Drive, Normal 217-280-1868
- Accepts bagged scrap fabric
Automotive Fluids (Motor oil, antifreeze and used cooking oil)
- Team Automotive 1223 S Adelaide St. 309-454-5454
Household Hazardous Waste
Visit the Ecology Action Center website.
Electronics (residential only)
- Normal Public Works 1301 Warriner St., Normal 309-454-9571
- It is against state law to dispose of consumer electronics with household garbage. For business electronic waste, please call the Ecology Action Center at 309-454-3169.
Pharmaceuticals (Prescription and over the counter)
- Walgreens 1525 N Veterans Pkwy 309-661-8613
- Normal Police Dept. 100 E Phoenix Ave. 309-454-9535
- Eastland Pharmacy (drop box at main OSF St. Joseph Medical Center entrance) 1505 Eastland Dr. 309-664-0505
Latex (water-based) paint is not hazardous. Pour latex paint out in thin layers on a disposable material such as newspaper or cardboard. Allow each layer to dry completely then roll up the newspaper/cardboard and place it in the trash. This is only acceptable for latex paints. Oil-based paint is a household hazardous waste and requires disposal at a permanent facility or collection event. Visit the Ecology Action Center Website.
Household items can be given or sold to McLean County community members through a number of different online platforms such as Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist or the Nextdoor app. Visit the Ecology Action Centers Guide to Reuse for further ideas.