Recycling & Safe Disposal in Macon County, IllinoisGuide to Recycling & Safe Disposal
When an item is no longer wanted, disposal is often the first thing that comes to mind but for many items, more sustainable management methods such as reuse or recycling are viable options. Outlets for unwanted items include curbside recycling services, single-stream drop-off boxes, local places of business that participate in a take-back programs, thrift shops or special collection events. The Guide to Recycling and Safe Disposal lists items by type, describing the options available in Macon County for managing unwanted items.
Curbside & Drop-off Recycling
The City of Decatur as well as a number of municipalities offer curbside recycling. Residents may also deposit recyclable items in the drop-off recycling boxes that are located throughout Macon County. Both curbside recycling and drop-off recycling are collected in a single-stream so that items, such as paper, plastic bottles and tin cans, do not have to be separated by type but may be collected when co-mingled.
The list of accepted items for single-stream recycling, whether items are collected curbside or at a drop-off box location, is the same except that glass is not accepted in the drop-off boxes. Items accepted include cardboard and paperboard packaging, aluminum and tin cans, plastic bottles and containers, newspapers and phone books. So as not to contaminate recycling loads, prohibited items such as Styrofoam, plastic bags and plastic films should not be placed with recyclables. For a complete list of accepted and prohibited items, view the printable lists for both curbside recycling and drop-off recycling by clicking on the links below.
To learn more about single-stream recycling and how materials are separated, click here.
Many items that are not accepted in curbside or drop-off single-stream recycling, are accepted by local businesses and organizations for recycling. In fact, over 50 Macon County businesses and organizations, collect over 100 items for recycling or reuse. To learn more, see the Guide to Recycling and Safe Disposal by clicking here.
The Macon County Environmental Management Department offers a free recycling container loan program for community events. Over 300 ClearStream recycling containers are available for the collection of aluminum cans, plastic bottles and plastic cups.
Call the Macon County Environmental Management Department at (217) 425-4505 or e-mail EnvironmentalManagement@co.macon.il.us to be placed on our event schedule.
The Macon County Municipal Waste Management Plan designates the method of landfilling as our county’s best management practice for disposing of waste that may not be locally collected for recycling or composted. Advanced Disposal Service’s Valley View Landfill is the county’s sole municipal solid waste landfill. Click here for more information about regulations and fees pertaining to landfills.
Illinois law prohibits the disposal of certain types of waste in municipal solid waste landfills including:
- Appliances that contain “white good components” such as mercury-containing switches, PCBs, chlorofluorocarbon refrigerant gas or mercury-containing light bulbs (Public Act 87-858, landfill ban effective July 1, 1994; Illinois Environmental Protection Act 5/22.28)
- Electronics such as computers and TVs (Public Act 95-0959, amended in Public Acts 97-0287, 98-0714 & 99-0013, landfill ban effective January 1, 2012)
- Lead acid motor vehicle batteries (Public Act 86-723, landfill ban effective September 1, 1990; Illinois Environmental Protection Act 5/22.23)
- Mercury-switch thermostats (Public Act 096-1295, landfill ban effective January 1, 2011)
- Motor oil (Public Act 87-1213, landfill ban effective July 1, 1996; Illinois Environmental Protection Act 5/21.6)
- Landscape waste (Public Act 85-1430, landfill effective July 1, 1990; Illinois Environmental Protection Act 5/22.22)
- Tires (Public Act 86-452, landfill effective July 1, 1994; Illinois Environmental Protection Act 5/55)
Resources for properly managing these banned items are available in the Department’s Recycling & Safe Disposal Guide.
Waste Haulers in Macon County
The following companies are licensed by Macon County Environmental Management Department:
|Advanced Disposal Services, Inc||217-429-0020|
|Doolin Disposal Service||217-423-1680|
|Jeremy Doolin Disposal||217-422-5298|
|Joe Coleman Salvage||217-562-4625|
|Oakley Container Service||217-963-2826|
|R & M Disposal||217-864-4607|
|United Waste Services||217-425-4011|
|Young’s Disposal Service||217-669-2159|