Waste Reduction & Recycling

Did you know 27% of what people put in the garbage can be recycled?  

Recycling conserves natural resources, saves energy, creates jobs and keeps garbage disposal fees low.  Recycling helps our community!  

Heartland offers a variety of ways for people to help reduce waste on campus.

  • Printer cartridge and battery recycling
  • Double-sided printing defaults
  • Electronic Recycling

Single Stream Recycling

What IS single stream recycling? It just means no more sorting! ALL standard recyclables go in the same blue bin. Heartland implemented single stream recycling in April 2013.

Here’s what you can recycle in any blue bin on campus:

Paper Cardboard Glass Metal Plastic
  • newspaper
  • magazines
  • copy & office paper
  • mail & envelopes
  • hard & soft covered books
  • brown paper bags
  • shredded paper 
    (placed in a plastic bag)
  • frozen food boxes
  • corrugated cardboard
  • paperboard boxes
  • beverage containers
  • jars
  • clear glass
  • blue glass
  • brown glass
  • green glass
  • aluminum cans
  • aluminum foil
  • steel cans
  • tin containers
  • aerosol cans
  • water bottles
  • soda bottles
  • clear & colored plastic 
    (#'s 1-5 & 7)
  • yogurt containers

Here’s what you CANNOT recycle in blue bins:

- Greasy/soiled paper items (i.e. pizza box with grease stains, paper towel used to clean up a mess)
- Plastic shopping bags (please drop off at a local grocery store for proper recycling)
- #6 Plastic
- Styrofoam

If you aren’t sure how to properly recycle on Heartland’s campus, please contact Larissa Armstrong at larissa.armstrong@heartland.edu or (309)268-8225.

Green Institute Resources

The Green Institute Resource Room is located on the 1st floor in the north atrium of the Workforce Development Center.