Our goal is for respectful, thoughtful and responsible choices to become a part of our everyday habits and practices. Here, you can find information about recycling, transportation, bike sharing, and carbon calculators.
Each residence hall on campus has a recycling drop off location. All residence halls recycle mixed paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum, glass, inkjet cartridges, cell phones and batteries. Contact your RA for specifics on where, what, and how to recycle in your hall.
Each academic building has a recycling program. Look for recycling centers in hallways and lobbies that are complete with containers for mixed paper and plastic, glass, and aluminum. Each office should have deskside containers for recycling. If you are a faculty/staff member without recycling opportunities in your office, please call 438-SAVE.
The Bone Student Center has recycling centers for plastic/glass/aluminum and mixed paper. A drop-off location for cell phones, used ink cartridges, and batteries is located outside of TechZone on the second floor of the BSC. Bring your unwanted electronics into TechZone where they will be recycled by the Town of Normal.
The Town of Normal and Illinois State University provide off-campus students with a recycling drop-off location in a (green) commuter parking lot on the corner of Locust Street and Normal Avenue. These locations provide recycling for mixed paper, cardboard, and plastic/glass/aluminum. All students and community members are encouraged to use this drop-off location.
Yes! The town of Normal has several drop boxes for recycling conveniently located throughout the community. There is even one located on campus on Locust Street and Normal Street (across from Bone Student Center parking). Learn more about recycling in the town of Normal and get a complete list of drop box locations.
Food containers should be empty and rinsed out before recycling them. Beverage containers need to be emptied before putting them in the bin. And paper products should be dry and free of food debris.
Did you know that electronics of all kinds can be recycled? The town of Normal accepts used electronic equipment (broken or damaged included) at the Public Works Garage on 1301 Warriner St, from 7am-2pm. For a list of other electronics that are accepted, visit the Town of Normal Web site.
Yes. A lot of the local supermarkets in town recycle plastic bags. Both Kroger and Jewel Osco on College Ave. have a collection point for plastic bags as you enter the stores. If your local grocer doesn’t recycle plastic bags, tell them to start. And next time you go shopping don’t forget your reusable/cloth bags – then you won’t have any plastic bags to worry about.
Inside the recycling symbol on plastic containers, there is a number from 1-7. The number represents the type of resin used to make the container. Resins 1 and 2 are the most widely accepted in recycling programs, because there is a wider variety of products that they can be made into than some of the other resins. Plastic is not 100% recyclable. That means that the soda bottle you put in the recycling bin cannot be remade into another soda bottle. Instead it might be manufactured into a synthetic fiber like fleece. Other resins may be used to make products like plastic lumber. For more information about plastic resins check National Geographic’s Green Guide or The Daily Green A Guide to Recycling Codes.
ISU recycles 22 different commodities. In addition to the above items, we also recycle: scrap metal, light bulbs, wire, pallets, electronics, concrete, asphalt, batteries, oil, tires, ink/toner cartridges, and furniture.
In academic year FY 14, ISU recycled 1,430 tons of material.
Reggie Ride provides free bicycle use to members of the Student Fitness Center with a valid Illinois State ID.
All bikes are equipped with a bike lock and solar powered bike light. Bicycle helmets are not provided but are recommended. Bikers must follow all state and local bicycle laws. Members of the Student Fitness Center can check bikes out at the Welcome Center. All bikes must be returned on the same day before the end of the SFC business hours. They are available to rent on a first come, first serve basis. For more information go to Campus Recreation.
Campus Recreation has a detailed page regarding road biking practices on and around campus and local bicycling paths
Don't have a car, gas is too expensive, hate finding parking spots, or maybe you just don't feel like driving? Whatever the reason, public transportation is a great option. It will shrink your ecological footprint and carbon footprint, but not your wallet.
Connect Transit is a free shuttle that provides transportation on and around campus to ISU faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Don't wait in the rain - track the progress of the buses by utilizing the GIS app.
With your ISU id card you can ride the buses within the Bloomington Normal Public Transit System (BNPTS) for free.
Carpooling to work is a great option. You can save gas and reduce the wear and tear on your car.
Bicycling is a great option on campus and around Bloomington-Normal. Just be sure and use the bike racks on campus when you park your bike. All BNPTS buses are equipped with bike racks so you can always split your commute to campus – bike and take the bus!
Don't have a bike? Don't worry - use Reggie Ride. Students, faculty and staff can check bikes out at the Bowling and Billiards Center for free. Sunday – Thursday bikes may be "rented" for 24 hours. Friday and Saturday, bikes may be "rented" for 48 hours.