City to students: Please recycle as you move out

City to students: Please recycle as you move out

It seems this story is revisited every May. University of Illinois students are wrapping up final exams this week and seniors will be graduating this weekend. By next week, campus will seem like a relative ghost town.

But instead of tumbleweed, maybe a few plastic bags or cardboard boxes will be blowing down the street.

This year, however, the city is taking a proactive step to help diminish some of that Dumpster overflow that necessarily results from students moving out for the summer and benefit some local nonprofits at the same time. Students can take the recyclables that do not fit in their recycling carts to two campus locations (see below) between today and Friday to have them sent for reuse.

All the details are in the below city press release:

As spring semester ends at the University of Illinois, the City of Champaign and local non-profit organizations University YMCA Dump and Run, Habitat Restore, Eastern Illinois Food Bank, I.D.E.A. Store, and Salvation Army Thrift Store are launching a new move-out recycle and reuse event on May 11 – 13, 2011. The goal of the event is to provide students living in multifamily buildings (apartments with 5 or more units), fraternities, sororities, and Private Certified housing the opportunity to properly dispose of unwanted items that are in good and working condition and recyclables that don’t fit in their ‘Feed the Thing’ carts. This helps reduce the amount of materials entering the waste stream and supports the local non-profit agencies.


Participants in the Feed the Thing recycling program can take their items either to City Parking Lot S, Northwest of County Market (entrances on East Stoughton and South Third) or to the North end of Frat Park (on Daniel between 2nd and 3rd). Items will be collected from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on May 11, 12 and 13. During this time pickup is available by calling the numbers below. More information is available at


Champaign residents not in the multifamily recycling program have curbside recycling collection available through their garbage hauler at no additional cost to their garbage service. Residents should contact their garbage hauler directly for more information. Single family residents can also donate household items by calling the numbers below to arrange a free pickup or by dropping items off at the retail store locations.

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