Ongoing Recycling ProgramsClothing Recycle



Residential Household Batteries
Residential CFL
Light Bulbs 1
Plastic Garden Pots
Single Stream Recycling
On Campus
IT House or Physical Plant on the IWU Campus
 Bloomington Public Service
Blue Receptacle behind Bloomington Public Library @ Jackson St. & East St.
 Normal Public Works 
This is the only location that accepts bulky CRT TVs and Monitors.
Casey's Garden Shop
On Campus
IWU Drop Box located inside the Security Office
On Campus
HSHM drop boxes:
  • Hansen Student Center
  • Outside the Wellness Office in Shirk
  • Memorial Center
On Campus
Located in every on campus building
Batteries Plus Bulbs
Also accepts fluorescent tubes for a small fee
Normal Facilities Management Parking Lot
Green Receptacle @ 207 S. Linden St.
Best Buy
AB Hatchery & Garden Center
Advocate BroMenn Atrium Pharmacy
Home Sweet Home Ministries Warehouse 
HSHM accepts textiles, clothes, and shoes -- even those worn beyond usable!
Rechargeable Batteries can be taken to Radio Shack, Best By, or Lowe's.
Cell Phone Batteries can be taken to Lowe's or US Cellular
Springfield Electric Supply Co. 
902 Four Seasons Rd. Bloomington
Home Sweet home Ministries Warehouse
C. Wendell Niepagen Greenhouses
Eastland Pharmacy
Lion's club Eyeglasses donation Boxes
All About Eyes Bloomington & Walmart Vision in Normal are two of the locations.


1 Please wrap in newspaper or original packaging if using a drop-box location.

1. Move-In, Move-Out Recycling:
In partnership with Home Sweet Home ministries during Spring 2012, the Office of Residential Life collected 1500 pounds of textiles and household items in large bins from students as they moved out of residence halls. The collection, called "Give-N-Go!," was initiated by Leadership McLean County, and brought IWU/ORL and Home Sweet Home Mission together for the initiative. In addition, as a result of residence hall move-in during Fall 2012, ORL collected and recycled 700-800 pounds of cardboard. This program will be offered indefinitely.


2. Ongoing Textile Recycling

It’s easy; it’s convenient, and a continuous way to move out the clothes and textile clutter in your home. Home Sweet Home Ministries (HSHM) has provided us with collection bins that are in three locations on campus. There is a bin located in Shirk just outside of the Wellness office, a bin located in Hansen Student Center just inside the entrance to the building and a bin located in Memorial Center by the information desk.  It’s a convenient way to drop-off unwanted clothing, textiles and shoes. These items will go back to HSHM and be sorted. Usable items will be sold in the Mission Mart, and items past their useful life will be recycled into new textiles and goods! All the proceeds from these efforts go to assist the homeless members of our community. Stop and drop off your unwanted items, and give them a second chance while keeping them out of our over flowing landfill!


3. Electronics, Battery, and Ink Cartridge Recycling

Information Technology Services began recycling university electronics in 2001 on a trial basis. Soon afterwards, ITS made electronics recycling a permanent fixture. In addition to recycling electronics, ITS will also accept batteries and ink cartridges. Either drop these parts off at residence hall desks or the IT House. This program will be offered indefinitely. 


4. Drug Disposal

In order to make it convenient to dispose of both prescription and over the counter drugs properly, IWU has a drop-box located in the entry of the Security building at 110 E. Graham St. The drop-box site is open 24/7.

Guidelines for Disposal
Take unused and unwanted prescription and non-prescription drugs to IWU Security or other drop-off locations. Keep medications in original bottles or packaging if possible Mark out your name and address on prescription labels.

Drop-off sites routinely send collected medications to be incinerated as part of the ecological and safe disposal protocol. (Incinerated medications are able to create energy that is used to power homes and businesses.)


5. Single Stream Recycling

In 2013, IWU has changed recycling contractors and now offer single stream recycling on campus. In the public areas, you can place plastic, glass, aluminum, and paper into the bins marked “Single Stream.”

Acceptable containers include:

  • Plastics #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7, including containers for milk, water, soda, detergent, shampoo, salad dressings, medicine bottles, etc. (lids included)
  • Plastic 6-pack and 12-pack ring carriers (must be cut up)
  • Grocery containers #4 and #5 (plastic resin) such as margarine tubs, yogurt cups, and frozen dessert cups
  • Glass bottles and jars: clear, brown, blue, or green (metal lids included)
  • Aluminum: cans, clean disposable trays, pans, and foil
  • Steel cans, including empty aerosol cans
  • Juice boxes (no straws)
  • Gable-top milk and OJ cartons

Acceptable paper items include:

  • Newspapers, including all advertising inserts
  • Paperboard, such as cereal boxes, frozen food boxes, and tissue boxes
  • Cardboard
  • Computer paper, loose leaf paper, and gift wrap
  • Soft-cover books and hard-cover books
  • Junk mail and envelopes (including those with windows)
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Telephone books
  • Magazines


 Source: Ecology Action Center