While Illinois State University students have access to basic recycling services, they may not be aware of the next step in reducing landfill waste: terracycling.
According to ISU Director of Sustainability Elisabeth Reed, TerraCycle is an organization that accepts unconventional recyclables like chip bags and granola bar wrappers.
“Depending on the products, these items are broken down and recycled into numerous ‘new’ products,” Reed said.
ISU students can drop off accepted items at designated locations in Bloomington-Normal.
In order to accept a particular product at a drop-off location, Reed said volunteers must open a “brigade” for the product by registering for the program through TerraCycle.
Though many top-selling brands offer brigades, Reed said access is limited.
“Unfortunately, the majority of the brigades for these popular products are not open, so we are unable to start a new brigade here at ISU,” Reed said.
St. Luke Church and Common Ground Grocery in Bloomington accept donations anytime.
Reed said ISU Office of Sustainability interns collected red solo cups for TerraCycle at football games last semester.
“This semester, we are working to create various drop-off locations across campus for markers and highlighters as well,” Reed said.
Students can learn more about terracycling by visiting the TerraCycling website, joining the Student Environmental Action Coalition on campus or following @sustainisu on Facebook and Instagram.