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Ecology Action Center Introduces Needs-Based Curbside Recycling In Normal

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Recycling and garbage bins awaiting pickup in Normal.

Normal’s Ecology Action Center (EAC) plans to bring curbside recycling to more residents through a new needs-based program.

The EAC hopes this pilot program, funded by an Illinois Prairie Community Foundation grant, will increase recycling by minimizing barriers residents have.

“Since financial need could prevent some low-income households from participating in the existing single-stream curbside program in Normal, this pilot program will address this need by funding the purchase and distribution of 82 curbside 65-gallon recycling carts,” EAC said in a statement.

Eligible households must meet the federal government’s maximum income limit in order to apply, and those accepted will be required to follow up with the EAC to determine the effectiveness of the program. For a four-resident home, the maximum annual income for eligibility is $71,900.

Participating households will complete forms about their knowledge of recycling, how having a pickup cart has impacted their lives, and provide information on how frequently they set their cart out for collection.

Residents can apply at the EAC office or by calling (309) 454-3169. Applications will be accepted until carts run out or through July 31.

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