The campus recycling program is a success from many people’s perspective; however, for off-campus students, recycling may take some effort.
ISU implemented the Single Stream recycling collection in August 2011. This program put multiple recycling stations in every building that ISU owns and operates, Andrew Bennett, assistant superintendent and recycling coordinator at ISU, said.
ISU recycled over 461 thousand pounds of cardboard this past fiscal year, and over 123 thousand pounds of office paper, Bennett said.
“The recycling stations are strategically placed throughout each building … [The stations] can accept paper, including books; glass; aluminum; tin and plastic all mixed together,” Bennett explained.
The Single Stream recycling stations collected over 444 thousand pounds of material in the last fiscal year, he added.
He said campus recycling is separate from the Town of Normal’s recycling program; however, both accept many of the same items and are tied closely in that respect.
“We also recycle all university owned electronics and any student owned electronics. Plus, we recycle all scrap metal that is collected, fluorescent bulbs from all campus buildings, all ink jet and laser toner cartridges and cell phones,” Bennett said.
He said it is important for students to realize some items are not recycled by the university but often end up in containers; items such as Styrofoam containers, plastic bags, food waste and the biodegradable take-out containers used by dining halls.
He said all dormitory buildings on campus are equipped with recycling stations, making it easy for students to recycle at home.
However, for students living off campus, it may not be so easy.
“We do not offer recycling at any of our properties,” Michael Whalen, leasing assistant at Sami Realty, said.
“We used to offer it, but the program was abused, so none of the residencies we maintain offer it anymore.”
Off-campus students will have to become more creative if they want to recycle from home.
Bennett said if a student living in residence halls is interested in beginning to recycle, all that is needed is a small container designated for recycling.
“Just empty the recyclables into the blue bins located on each floor or breezeway. It’s quite simple,” Bennett added.
If assistance is required to determine if an item should be recycled, or where the nearest recycling location is, please call (309)-438-SAVE (7283) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also check the facilities website for additional questions.