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Recycling at Western
WIU’s recycling program is a “co-mingled” system, meaning all items are combined and there is no need to worry about which bin to place recyclables in.
There are separate bins for paper products; these are used to help avoid contamination from liquid residue in bottles and cans.
Please contact the Sustainability Coordinator with any questions using the form below, or emailing Mandi Green at SA-Green@wiu.edu.
What can be Recycled?
Glass (all colors)
- Salsa Jars
- Beverage Jars
Plastics (#1 & #2)
- 2 Liter Bottles
- Laundry Detergent
- Soda & Water Bottles
- Milk Jugs
Paper Products (Including Cardstock)
- White & Color Paper
- Newspaper & Magazines
Chipboard & Cardboard
- Tissue Boxes
- Food Boxes
- Cereal Boxes
- Corrugated Cardboard
Metals (Aluminium & Tin Cans)
- Aluminium Cans
- Soup Cans
- Vegetable Cans
- Metal Lids
- Aluminium Foil
Do's and Don'ts of Recycling
- No broken glass or light bulbs. Light bulbs contain mercury, therefore cannot be recycled by our waste disposal provider.
- No plastic lids. This plastic is harder and made with PVC and will contaminate the recycling process.
- No Styrofoam. Styrofoam is a type of plastic not currently excepted in our recycling process at WIU.
- No tissues, napkins or paper plates. Due to contamination issues regarding hygiene, these items are not accepted.
- No pizza boxes. Even though pizza boxes are considered corrugated cardboard, they get contaminated with food products and grease, which makes it unable to be recycled.
Where do I place my recycling?
REMEMBER! We are a comingled system...no matter what the can asks for, you can put any appropriate recyclable material in any receptacle!!
Personal Waste Recycling in Our Community
Do you need to know where you can recycle items other than paper, plastic, tin, aluminum, glass and cardboard?
The Tri-County Regional Collection Facility (TCRCF) recently expanded its list of recycling options to include used and broken holiday lights, such as Christmas tree lights and outdoor lights. The facility also accepts paint, computers, monitors, printers and other obsolete or broken electronic devises.
- Household batteries such as Alkaline (AAA, AA, C, D and 9 volt); carbon zinc; NICd, Nicd; NiMH; silver oxide; and mercury. Lead batteries cannot be accepted. For safety reasons, all batteries need to have their ends taped.
- Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are also accepted at the facility. Please transport CFLs in a zip lock bag when dropping them off.
- All rechargeable batteries are accepted at the facility as well. The program, "call 2 recycle", is funded by the manufacturers of rechargeable batteries.
For more information, call (309) 331-4782 or (309) 836-5926. The facility is located at 510 North Pearl Street in Macomb. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, and the first Saturday of the month from 8:00 am to noon. The TCRCF is sponsored by the McDonough County Board, the City of Macomb and administered by the Western Illinois Regional Council.
Can my ? be recycled?
Enter your information, and the item that you would like to know about, then press Submit to send your question to the Sustainability Coordinator.