Normal Residential Recycling

Normal IL logoNormal now offers single-stream, curbside recycling to residents in single family and duplex homes. You may sign up for the recycling program by purchasing a cart here. Materials accepted in this program and examples are listed below. All materials should be cleaned and boxes flattened. For more information, please visit the Town of Normal Recycling Information website.

In addition, Normal also has drop-off boxes for recycling at various convenient locations around town open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The drop-off box locations are listed below.

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*Note: All containers should be emptied of liquid before recycling.

  • Plastic bottles: #1,2,3,4,5 & 7 plastic containers include: milk, water, pop, detergent, shampoo, salad dressing bottles, etc. Lids may be included; keep on the container after cleaning.
  • Grocery containers#4 & 5 plastic resin such as margarine tubs, frozen dessert cups, yogurt cups, and narrow neck syrup and ketchup bottles. Lids may be included; keep on the container after cleaning.
  • Glass bottles and jars: clear, brown, green, or blue
  • Aluminum cans: also clean disposable trays, pans, and foil
  • Steel cans: includes empty aerosol cans (except spray paint or pesticides), beer bottle caps
  • Other: plastic buckets such as kitty litter containers (5 gallon size maximum)

Paper Products

  • Newspaper: newsprint and all inserts
  • Paperboard: cereal boxes, food boxes, frozen food boxes, beverage boxes, tissue boxes, and other such containers
  • Corrugated cardboard: cut down to newspaper size only
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail/envelopes
  • Telephone books
  • Computer/school paper
  • Gift wrap
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Books: paperbacks, or hardcover books with the hard covers removed

Not Acceptable

  • Expanded foam or #6 plastic polystyrene including Styrofoam, plastic egg cartons, or clear plastic deli/bakery type containers
  • Motor oil*/insecticide/herbicide/hazardous chemical containers
  • Plastic film (no plastic bags, sleves, sheets, tarps or wrap). Plastic bags should be returned to grocery or department stores
  • Windows, mirrors, drinking glasses, dishes, soild towels or napkins
  • Gable-top containers
  • Plastic six-pack rings

*Motor oil can be recycled at Normal’s Public Works facility.  Call 309-454-9571 for more information.

Drop Box Locations – Changes Effective March 31, 2018

Other drop-box sites have been discontinued–these are the remaining sites and are now serviced by Midwest Fiber Recycling.

  • Jewel-Osco
    901 S. Cottage Ave.
    Normal, IL 61761
  • University Center
    1101 N. Main St.
    Normal, IL 61761
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter
    Northeast Corner of Lot
    300 Greenbriar Ave.
    Normal, IL 61761
  • Chiddix Junior High School
    300 S. Walnut Street
    Normal, IL  61761
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