City council discusses recycling issues

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — City council talked about trying to fix a problem public works has identified.

The city’s Environmental Sustainability Specialist says there are gaps in the Residential Electronics Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Collection programs.

At a study session, council considered expanding the bi-annual event to include multi-family property owners, including apartments where tenants leave things behind.

Electronics were banned from landfills in Illinois in 2012 because of toxic materials, but there are limited options for some to get rid of them.

Public works is recommending the city change the policy to be more inclusive.

“We concluded there would be no additional cost to include mulit-property owners so it’s recommended they be allowed to participate. This would be done by appointment and they would be able to drop off electronics the day before the residential event,” said Nicole Millage.

They also discussed working with IEPA to schedule a one-day agency-funded collection event for Champaign County.

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