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Public Recycling Containers Added In Downtown Bloomington

Downtown Bloomington
Eric Stock
Four recycling containers have been set up outside the McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington.

It's now easier to recycle in downtown Bloomington.

Ecology Action Center is using a grant to set up four permanent recycling containers on the four corners of the McLean County Museum of History property.

EAC Director Michael Brown said the goal now is to make sure the 90,000 people who come downtown annually actually use them.

“That’s education and that’s the work we’ve been doing now for well over 40 years; use education and outreach and trying to promote these behaviors,” Brown said.

The receptacles are single-stream, which means they will take most materials that can be recycled.

Brown added the key to getting more people to recycle is to make recycling more convenient.

“We’ve been working with the City of Bloomington for a few years, looking at the issue of the need for downtown recycling and looking at different options, looking at costs," he said.

The center is now looking to offer recycling containers for low-income households in Normal as the other component of the $4,600 Illinois Prairie Community Foundation grant.

Bloomington and Normal provided matching grants of about $2,000 each.

EAC is also offering businesses and individuals a chance to sponsor a recycling cart to pay for more of them in other parts of the community. The carts cost about $900 each.

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Eric Stock is the News Director at WGLT. You can contact Eric at ejstoc1@ilstu.edu.
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