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Posted on: March 30, 2018

Drop-box Recycling Program

Beginning April 1, 2018, the Town of Normal drop-box recycling program will no longer be managed by the Town due to recent budget cuts. The Town of Normal is transferring drop-box recycling program management to Midwest Fiber Recycling; at the same time, the program will be downsized to the four following sites:

  1. Jewel-Osco 901 S. Cottage Ave. Normal, IL 61761
  2. University Center 1101 N. Main St. Normal, IL 61761
  3. Chiddix Junior High School 300 S. Walnut Street Normal, IL 61761
  4. Wal-Mart Supercenter Northeast Corner of Lot 300 Greenbriar Ave. Normal, IL 61761

Materials accepted in the drop-box program remain the same as those accepted in curbside recycling. Recyclable materials are as follows:

Note: All containers should be emptied of liquid before recycling.

• Plastic bottles: #1,2,3,4,5 & 7 plastic containers include: milk, water, pop, detergent, shampoo, salad dressing bottles, etc. Lids may be included; keep on the container after cleaning.
• Grocery containers: #4 & 5 plastic resin such as margarine tubs, frozen dessert cups, yogurt cups, and narrow neck syrup and ketchup bottles. Lids may be included; keep on the container after cleaning.
• Glass bottles and jars: clear, brown, green, or blue
• Aluminum cans: also clean disposable trays, pans, and foil
• Steel cans: includes empty aerosol cans (except spray paint or pesticides), beer bottle caps
• Other: plastic buckets such as kitty litter containers (5 gallon size maximum)

Paper Products
• Newspaper: newsprint and all inserts
• Paperboard: cereal boxes, food boxes, frozen food boxes, beverage boxes, tissue boxes, and other such containers
• Corrugated cardboard: cut down to newspaper size only
• Magazines
• Junk mail/envelopes
• Telephone books
• Computer/school paper
• Gift wrap
• Paper egg cartons
• Books: paperbacks, or hardcover books with the hard covers removed

Not Acceptable
• Expanded foam or #6 plastic polystyrene including Styrofoam, plastic egg cartons, or clear plastic deli/bakery type containers
• Motor oil/insecticide/herbicide/hazardous chemical containers
• Plastic film (no plastic bags, sleeves, sheets, tarps or wrap). Plastic bags should be returned to grocery or department stores
• Windows, mirrors, drinking glasses, dishes, soiled towels or napkins
• Gable-top containers
• Plastic six-pack rings
Twenty-four hour recycling information is available through the Ecology Action Center’s new recycling information app, RecycleCoach. Check out the browser-based RecycleCoach or download the smartphone app by visiting

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