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Davey Rivers / Courtesy

On Monday night, Illinois State University student Davey Rivers complained to the Normal Town Council that First Site still hadn’t put a recycling bin outside his apartment—what he called “blatant disregard” for the town’s new ordinance requiring the landlord to do that.

people collecting waste from cars as they drive through a holding area at the Rivian Auto plant.
Michael Brown / Ecology Action Center

Appointments to drop off household hazardous waste Saturday at the Rivian auto plant in Normal are running below what organizers hoped would come in.

Recycling carts
City of Bloomington

McLean County’s recycling rate increased for the third year in a row in 2018.

Recycling cart
Staff / WGLT

After years of lobbying and waiting, Illinois State University students will finally have access to recycling at their off-campus apartments starting next month.

Turns out, the timing is still not great.

Recycling shorting
Eric Stock / WGLT

Recycling advocates in McLean County are pushing back against claims that materials set out at the curb for recycling are going to the landfill or being burned.

Recycling bins
Staff / WGLT

Recycling advocates in McLean County say their industry is not in crisis, despite some media reports to the contrary.

Garbage at a landfill
Ecology Action Center

After 10 years of careful monitoring, the McLean County Landfill is expected to reach capacity and close Sunday.

Downtown Bloomington
Eric Stock / WGLT

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.

Chris Koos
Cindy Le / WGLT

The mayor of Normal said Tuesday he thinks a variety of initiatives can happen to address the impact of recent gun violence on Bloomington-Normal.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

The Normal Town Council passed an ordinance Monday requiring apartments and other multifamily residences to provide recycling options starting in August 2019.

Recycling bins
Staff / WGLT

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

Wayne Aldrich
Eric Stock / WGLT

A group of landlords has a problem with the Town of Normal's proposal requiring all multifamily dwelling owners to make recycling available on site.

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Recycling rates in McLean County are approaching 42 percent, according to the Normal-based Ecology Action Center. That total eclipses the 40 percent annual benchmark for the second year in a row. 

Staff / WGLT

The public will get its first look at the Town of Normal’s proposed multifamily recycling ordinance during an information session Thursday.

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The Ecology Action Center said Tuesday that McLean County residents will soon have a more “reliable and sustainable” e-waste recycling option even after two nonprofits stop accepting old TVs and computers.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

Illinois State University students who’ve been fighting for an easier way to recycle at their off-campus apartments say they’re concerned about the long-term health of their planet.

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A top recycling request in Bloomington-Normal is to provide services at multifamily residences, such as apartment complexes.

Midwest Fiber

Contamination in the recycling stream at Midwest Fiber threatens the business model that makes single stream recycling possible.  A company representative says if  the contamination rate increases above the current 10 percent, it could cost taxpayers more. 

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The percentage of McLean County solid waste diverted to recycling and away from the landfill has pushed past a goal set in 2007.  

Ecology Action Center

McLean County's future solid waste plan could include provisions that would divert up to 74 percent of items and materials being landfilled today. 

Michael Brown / Ecology Action Center

The household hazardous waste collection event at Mitsubishi two months ago is being deemed a huge success by organizers. Michael Brown, Executive Director with the Ecology Action Center, says both fundraising and material volume goal were exceeded. He says costs came in lower than expected, meaning some funds for the next collection in two years are already in house.
 

Michael Brown / Ecology Action Center

McLean County's latest Household Hazardous Waste collection drew 22% more vehicles than the event held two years ago. Ecology Action Center Director Michael Brown says the 1,600 vehicles tallied was down from the inaugural event in 2012, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Contributions to pay for the collection and disposal of electronics, chemicals, oil paint, and other hazardous waste that should not be handled were more than the estimated $180,000 cost of the event. Brown says he is still developing totals for the amount of materials collected.
 

Michael Brown / Ecology Action Center

The Ecology Action Center's Michael Brown plays "Can It Be Recycled" with WGLT's Mike McCurdy and listeners. Just what do you do with a Lava Lamp? Find out as Michael and Mike also talk about this weekend's household hazardous waste collection event.