Post-Holiday Recycling!

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season! For information regarding Christmas tree recycling, how to safely recycle old Christmas lights, and wrapping paper recycling, see below!

Wrapping paper

Most gift wrap is recyclable, except plastic wraps or metallic papers. All cardboard and paperboard packaging is also recyclable. Please reuse ribbons and bows or discard in the trash.  If you do not have curbside recycling where you live, you may utilize the Town of Normal’s drop-off locations.

Christmas trees

Residents of Bloomington and Normal enrolled in those municipalities’ waste collection programs may dispose of their real (non-artificial) Christmas tree by placing it at the curb for collection on your regularly scheduled waste collection day. As these trees will be chipped into mulch, please be sure to remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, etc. Please do not put your tree or any other waste in the street.

For residents outside of Bloomington or Normal, please check with your local municipality for tree collection options. If you do not have tree collection service at your home or in your municipality, Twin City Wood Recycling will accept your tree for chipping into mulch at their facility at 1606 W Oakland Avenue in Bloomington at a cost of $2 per tree. Call (309) 827-9663 for more information and operating hours.

Christmas lights & other e-waste

Illinois law bans most consumer electronics from landfills–they must be recycled instead. Residents can recycle strings of Christmas lights, cords, and related electronic items, regardless of condition, at one of the many locations listed below.

Did Santa bring you a new TV? Note that only two local sites now accept the older tube-style CRT TVs and monitors for recycling. See “Items Accepted” for each of the e-waste recycling collection points below.

Location: Best Buy, 2103 N Veterans Pkwy Suite 200, Bloomington, 309-663-8090
Items Accepted: Computers, computer accessories, monitors, televisions up to 32″ (flatscreens up to 60″), all types of radios, VCRs, cameras, etc. Damaged or non-working items accepted. Customers are limited to bringing in 3 units per day per household.
Items Not Accepted: appliances, microwaves, TVs that are consoles, rear-projections, or DLPs or larger than 32″, items with freon such as air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators. No business generated waste.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am-8:00 pm

Location: Home Sweet Home Warehouse Operations, 1700 W Washington St., Bloomington, 309-828-1530
Items Accepted: Computers, laptops, printers, fax, scanners, copiers, peripherals, phone systems, all types of radios, VCRs,
Microwaves, toaster ovens, hair dryers, curling irons, cash registers, cameras, blenders, and other small appliances. Damaged or non-working items accepted. All types of cell phones, pagers, PDAs and their chargers, cables, and headset accessories
All of the small computer accessories such as MP3 players, iPods, digital cameras, hand- held scanners, handheld games and other connected devices. All forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, and virtually all other type of computer tapes (ONLY at Mission Mart location)
Items Not Accepted: No CRT (tube-style) TVs or monitors, no VHS tapes or audio cassettes, no business-generated waste
Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:00 am-4:00 pm, 24 hour drop-off

Location: Habitat For Humanity ReStore, 1402 W Washington, Bloomington, 309-454-6047
Items Accepted: Computers, laptops, printers, fax, scanners, copiers, peripherals, phone systems, all types of radios, VCRs, Microwaves, toaster ovens, hair dryers, curling irons, cash registers, cameras, blenders, and other small appliances. Damaged or non-working items accepted. All forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, and virtually all other type of computer tapes. All forms of printer cartridges including both inkjet and toner. All types of cell phones, pagers, PDAs and their chargers, cables, and headset accessories. All of the small computer accessories such as MP3 players, iPods, digital cameras, hand- held scanners, handheld games and other connected devices.
Items Not Accepted: No CRT (tube-style) TVs or monitors, no VHS tapes or audio cassettes, no business generated waste
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00 am-5:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Location: Normal Public Works Garage, 1301 Warriner St., Normal, 309-454-9571
Items Accepted: Computers, laptops,televisions, monitors, printers, fax, scanners, copiers, peripherals, phone systems, all types of radios, VCRs, microwaves, toaster ovens, hair dryers, curling irons, cash registers, cameras, blenders, and other small appliances. Damaged or non-working items accepted.
All forms of electronic media: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, and virtually all other type of computer tapes. All forms of printer cartridges including both inkjet and toner. All types of cell phones, pagers, PDAs and their chargers, cables, and headset accessories. All of the small computer accessories such as MP3 players, iPods, digital cameras, hand- held scanners, handheld games and other connected devices.
Items Not Accepted: No VHS tapes or audio cassettes, no business generated waste
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00 am-2:30 pm; the first Saturday of every month 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Summer hours 6:00 am-1:30 pm (Memorial Day through Labor Day)

For more information on recycling, hazardous waste disposal, and more, you can always consult other sections of this or call us at 309-454-3169.

Yard Smart Garden Walk – SAVE THE DATE

Yard Smart

The Ecology Action Center announces its thirtennth annual Yard Smart Garden Walk on Saturday, June 27, 2015. This free tour highlights beautiful and functional yards that protect our environment while benefiting wildlife and use few or no synthetic chemicals.  The event features a plant and garden tool “Freecycle” Exchange. Bring garden plants or tools to give away—everything must be free.

Participants should bring their own lawn chairs and reusable water bottles for the lunch and presentation. The lunch is a zero waste event. Participants are encouraged to carpool during the tour to conserve fossil fuels and reduce pollution.

The Yard Smart program promotes a more sustainable and healthier approach to lawn and garden maintenance. Working with nature to build a healthier ecosystem in both the soil below ground and the yard above ground will produce a more beautiful, sustainable and safer environment for everyone— children and adults, pets and wildlife—by reducing pollutants that runoff into our local water supplies. The program encourages local homeowners to reduce the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, to conserve natural resources such as water and fossil fuels, and to make room for wildlife in their yards. Yard Smart Certification recognizes local homeowners who use ecologically sustainable practices in maintaining their yards and who realize that their lawn, garden and landscaping decisions affect the health of the whole community.

More information on the Yard Smart program as well as a set of free resource fact sheets is available at www.yardsmart.org.

MORE DETAILS AND EVENT REGISTRATION COMING THIS SPRING!

 

Compost Bin Workshop

The magic of composting can happen in several ways.  In this hands-on workshop, you can select and build the style of composter that works best for you!  We’ll show you how to use your bin to recycle your food scraps and yard waste into valuable compost for your lawn or garden. All participants, regardless of which option chosen, will receive a plastic pail for collecting your kitchen waste.

Option 1: Wooden Pallet Composter060913121001

This collapsible (for ease of getting it home!) composter will measure approximately 3x3x3 when set up in your yard.  It is open on the top, and easy to stir. Price: $10 for EAC members; $15 for nonmembers.

Option 2: Plastic Garbage Cans

You will make two composters by drilling many holes in garbage cans with lids.  Cans are approximately 30 gallons in size. Price: $15 for EAC members; $20 for nonmembers.

 

The fine print: This workshop runs rain or shine. The construction process can get a bit messy so wear clothes that can get dirty. Bring an appropriate vehicle to transport your compost bin home. We will be using power tools; safety glasses are required and will be provided. For safety reasons, all participants must be 18 years or older.

Rain Barrel (or MEGA Rain Harvester) Workshop

rain-barrel2The Ecology Action Center is excited to announce our hands-on workshop where YOU build your own water saving rainwater collection and storage container.  You have choice of a 55 gallon rain barrel or approximately 275 gallon Mega Rain Harvester.  Workshop prices are $45 ($35 EAC member price) for rain barrel or $105 ($90 EAC member) for the Mega Rain Harvester.

The workshop includes:

  • 55 gallon reused food grade heavy gauge plastic barrel or ~275 gallon reused tote (non-food grade, MSDS provided)
  • A flexible elbow to direct rain water from your downspout to your rain barrel. Fits on 3″ downspouts.
  • A 6″ heavy duty screen to prevent entry of mosquitoes and leaves
  • High quality fittings for long life
  • Overflow hose and fittings with mosquito barrier
  • Instruction and use of all tools needed for the projectMega Rain Harvester
  • Workshop excludes installation materials for your specific home which may include concrete blocks, hacksaw, screwdriver, sheet metal screws, etc.

The fine print: This workshop runs rain or shine. The construction process can get a bit messy so wear clothes that can get dirty. The barrels measure 25″ x 35″ and weigh 25 pounds; the Mega Rain Harvesters measure about 4′ x 4′ x 4′ and weigh 50 pounds. Bring an appropriate vehicle to transport your barrel home. There is a limit of one rain barrel/harvester per household per workshop. We will be using power tools; safety glasses are required and will be provided. For safety reasons, all participants must be 18 years or older.

Compost Bin Workshop

The magic of composting can happen in several ways.  In this hands-on workshop, you can select and build the style of composter that works best for you!  We’ll show you how to use your bin to recycle your food scraps and yard waste into valuable compost for your lawn or garden. All participants, regardless of which option chosen, will receive a plastic pail for collecting your kitchen waste.

Option 1: Wooden Pallet Composter060913121001

This collapsible (for ease of getting it home!) composter will measure approximately 3x3x3 when set up in your yard.  It is open on the top, and easy to stir. Price: $10 for EAC members; $15 for nonmembers.

Option 2: Plastic Garbage Cans

You will make two composters by drilling many holes in garbage cans with lids.  Cans are approximately 30 gallons in size. Price: $15 for EAC members; $20 for nonmembers.

 

The fine print: This workshop runs rain or shine. The construction process can get a bit messy so wear clothes that can get dirty. Bring an appropriate vehicle to transport your compost bin home. We will be using power tools; safety glasses are required and will be provided. For safety reasons, all participants must be 18 years or older.

Building Performance Institute’s Building Science Principles Class

This course is designed for practitioners in energy auditing, home inspection, appraisals, real estate and contracting. The building science course content covers how a home or building functions as a system to provide comfort, energy efficiency and durability. Understanding how the components in the system interact is critical when recommending upgrades, doing installations, or simply evaluating different material choices. Elements such as insulation, building tightness, mechanical systems and indoor air quality are discussed as factors in making the home or building a healthy, comfortable and energy efficient environment for the occupants. The class includes 12 hours of classroom time followed by a comprehensive exam. Lunch, materials and the exam fee are included in the cost of the course, and CEUs are available. Register Today!

Building Performance Institute’s Building Science Principles Class

This course is designed for practitioners in energy auditing, home inspection, appraisals, real estate and contracting. The building science course content covers how a home or building functions as a system to provide comfort, energy efficiency and durability. Understanding how the components in the system interact is critical when recommending upgrades, doing installations, or simply evaluating different material choices. Elements such as insulation, building tightness, mechanical systems and indoor air quality are discussed as factors in making the home or building a healthy, comfortable and energy efficient environment for the occupants. The class includes 12 hours of classroom time followed by a comprehensive exam. Lunch, materials and the exam fee are included in the cost of the course, and CEUs are available. Register Today!

Rain Barrel (or MEGA Rain Harvester) Workshop

rain-barrel2The Ecology Action Center is excited to announce our hands-on workshop where YOU build your own water saving rainwater collection and storage container.  You have choice of a 55 gallon rain barrel or approximately 275 gallon Mega Rain Harvester.  Workshop prices are $45 ($35 EAC member price) for rain barrel or $105 ($90 EAC member) for the Mega Rain Harvester.

The workshop includes:

  • 55 gallon reused food grade heavy gauge plastic barrel or ~275 gallon reused tote (non-food grade, MSDS provided)
  • A flexible elbow to direct rain water from your downspout to your rain barrel. Fits on 3″ downspouts.
  • A 6″ heavy duty screen to prevent entry of mosquitoes and leaves
  • High quality fittings for long life
  • Overflow hose and fittings with mosquito barrier
  • Instruction and use of all tools needed for the projectMega Rain Harvester
  • Workshop excludes installation materials for your specific home which may include concrete blocks, hacksaw, screwdriver, sheet metal screws, etc.

The fine print: This workshop runs rain or shine. The construction process can get a bit messy so wear clothes that can get dirty. The barrels measure 25″ x 35″ and weigh 25 pounds; the Mega Rain Harvesters measure about 4′ x 4′ x 4′ and weigh 50 pounds. Bring an appropriate vehicle to transport your barrel home. There is a limit of one rain barrel/harvester per household per workshop. We will be using power tools; safety glasses are required and will be provided. For safety reasons, all participants must be 18 years or older.

Building Performance Institute’s Building Science Principles Class

This course is designed for practitioners in energy auditing, home inspection, appraisals, real estate and contracting. The building science course content covers how a home or building functions as a system to provide comfort, energy efficiency and durability. Understanding how the components in the system interact is critical when recommending upgrades, doing installations, or simply evaluating different material choices. Elements such as insulation, building tightness, mechanical systems and indoor air quality are discussed as factors in making the home or building a healthy, comfortable and energy efficient environment for the occupants. The class includes 12 hours of classroom time followed by a comprehensive exam. Lunch, materials and the exam fee are included in the cost of the course, and CEUs are available. Register Today!