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How to Recycle

Designate a program coordinator for every 25 to 50 employees.

Office areas - office paper, corrugated cardboard, other paper

  • Ideally, employees should each have an under the desk bin for paper, and be responsible for emptying it into a larger collection totes/bins located in the hallway in their area.
  • Hallways will have a series of three collection totes/bins located throughout building for white/mixed office paper, plastics, aluminum, and waste for maintenance staff to pick up.
  • Place cardboard in the hallway for maintenance staff to pick up and place in cardboard refuse container
  • Paper makes up nearly 30 percent of all wastes thrown away each year, more than any other material. Within the US 63 percent of the paper used was recycled in 2010.

To prevent recycled goods from being emptied into the waste containers, they should be clearly labeled "FOR RECYCLING ONLY".

A simple and convenient collection system is essential for employee participation. Recycling containers placed at every desk and within the other common work areas are the cornerstone to a successful program. I-Cycle is here to help!

Break Areas - newspaper, magazines, cans, and plastic bottles

Make sure your system is convenient and flexible and keep the janitors and facilities staff involved throughout the process.

Toner cartridges can be palletized and picked up by the CMS procured vendor. Otherwise, Illinois State offices can now recycle their used toner through CMS Mail and Messenger Services. Inter office the cartridges to 1924 S 10th ½ Street Springfield IL 62703 Attention I-Cycle Toner Cartridge Recycling. Please return the cartridge in its original box or replacement cartridge box.

Maintenance /custodial staff are critical to making this program work! We ask for your assistance in monitoring the program.

We also remind you to look for containers for office paper, newspaper, magazines, plastic containers and metal cans located conveniently throughout all the buildings.

Recycling a ton (2,000 pounds) of paper conserves:

  • 17 trees
  • 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 7,000 gallons of water
  • 4,100 kilowatts of electricity (enough to provide power to your house for six months!)
  • 60 pounds of air pollution
  • 380 gallons of oil

Contact I-Cycle
Stratton Office Building, Room 616
401 S. Spring St.
Springfield, IL 62706-4100
Phone: (217) 524-5742
Fax (217) 524-3939

Recycling in Illinois is a $12.3 billion industry, employing more than 56,000 people, according to a report issued in by the National Recycling Coalition. Nationwide, recycling employs 1.1 million people and grosses 236 billion in annual sales, comparable in size to the auto and truck manufacturing industry.