Ecology Action Center & IWU Wellness host MEGA Recycling Event to celebrate America Recycles Day

This November 17, the Ecology Action Center and Illinois Wesleyan University Wellness will host a Mega Recycling Event at the IWU Hansen Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This event is one of thousands  across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States.  With support from State Farm and Midwest Fiber/Confidential Onsite Shredding, the second annual America Recycles Day MEGA Recycling event continues to grow to reach more people each year.

 While most families recycle the usual – plastic food containers, glass bottles, newspapers, and such, what about other items?  Well, for one day, residents can recycle “the other” recyclables all in one place, all at the same time.

 On America Recycles Day at IWU, residents can recycle:

  • Electronics (computers, TVs, radios, cellphones, ipods, VCRs, DVD players, etc.)
  • Compact fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs)
  • Household Batteries (alkaline, watch batteries, rechargeable batteries)
  • Clothes and textiles (usable or not)
  • Shoes (usable or not)
  • Plastic Garden Pots
  • TerraCycle items (see list at

And as a free added bonus, free confidential paper shredding!

 All items will be properly recycled by licensed recyclers where applicable.  Household hazardous waste items will NOT be acceptedchemicals, paints, automotive fluids, car batteries, tires, pesticides, fertilizers, etc.  These items cannot be accepted at this event but must wait for a future household hazardous waste collection event.  This event is for residential materials only – no business materials accepted.  Residents with questions about acceptable items or household hazardous waste, can contact the Ecology Action Center at (309) 454-3169.

“We are very proud supporters of Bloomington-Normal’s America Recycles Day event and commend their efforts to promote recycling in McLean County.  Recycling is the easiest thing we can all do to save energy, conserve natural resources and create green jobs.  Collectively, through events like these, we aim to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year,” said Brenda Pulley, Vice President of Recycling Programs at Keep America Beautiful and national program manager for America Recycles Day.

About America Recycles Day
America Recycles Day is a national program of Keep America Beautiful, and is the only nationally recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S.  Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day every November to educate, promote environmental citizenship, and encourage action. Learn more at

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