The Vermilion County Health Department has set the date for the Electronics Recycling event for October 27th, 2018.  Times to be announced.


Henson Disposal & Recycling accepts traditional household recycling as well as all construction and demolition debris at their Urbana facility.  Household materials can be put into the roll off containers as mixed materials (no need to sort).  Construction and demolition materials can be hauled as a mixed load in one roll off container or trailer.

Call for details. 309-530-8822 – Tim.  Open to the public M-F 7:00 – 3:30. ​   910 Saline Ct, Urbana, IL 61802

Shingles (Asphalt & Wood); Wood; Drywall & Plaster; Metals; Cardboard & Paper Products; Aggregate (Bricks, Concrete, Rock & Asphalt); Glass; Vinyl Siding; Bulk & Clear Plastics; Carpet, Pad, Tile & Flooring.


Did you know:
​*It takes 500 – 1000 years for plastic to fully degrade.
​*The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic each year.
*50% of the plastic we use is used once then thrown away.
​*Americans throw away 35 Billion (35,000,000,000) plastic water bottles each year.
​*Each year, over 500 Billion (500,000,000,000) plastic bags are used worldwide – more than a million a minute!
​*Plastic constitutes approximately 90% of all trash floating on the ocean, with 46,000 pieces per square mile.
​*1 Million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed each year from plastic in our oceans.
​*Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form (with the exception of the small amount that has been incinerated).The best means of preventing plastic pollution is reducing plastic use.
*Bring home your groceries, clothing, and all other shopping, with cloth bags.  They can often be found for about $1.
​*Use travel mugs and insulated water bottles and reuse and refill them.
​*Buy items with less packaging (single-wrapped bread rather than double-wrapped bread, for example).
​*Recycle as much plastic as possible.

​For some of the harder-to-recycle plastics – grocery/shopping bags and cellophane wrapping, you have several options in town! has a search engine to find the drop-off location nearest you. Check with each facility to see exactly what they accept.
*Lowes: 3636 N. Vermilion Street.  Accepts clean, dry film and bags
*Meijer: 3649 N. Vermilion Street.  Accepts clean, dry film and bags
*Wal-Mart: 4101 N. Vermilion Street.  Accepts clean, dry film and bags.


Several other common types of HHW can be collected in and around Vermilion County.  Be sure to call the facility for details.​


E-Waste – It is illegal to dispose of e-waste in your household trash.  Check for an upcoming e-waste collection day at Public Works.  Additionally, there are several locations in Danville which will accept certain products. Call to verify what types of electronic waste will be accepted.

Advantage Recycling – 14 S. Henning Rd. 217-431-4699
Bryant’s Recycling – 1406 Warrington Ave. 217-431-0551
​Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore – 121 N. Walnut St. 217-442-0004

You may also recycle e-waste through Sims Recycling Solutions by mailing in unwanted computer and electronic equipment.  Call 800-966-4135 to receive a free prepaid shipping label.  Apple also offers gift cards for recycled electronics in good working condition.  Or see below for items accepted at Best Buys across the country (including in Champaign.)

​Best Buy stores accept a variety of other miscellaneous household items.  Check out their site to see what they accept(and what they don’t).  They cover a wide variety of e-waste and other materials that are traditionally trashed when no longer in use. This is a list of some of the items they accept:

  • Cables and Connectors 
  • Headphones
  • DVD Players
  • VCRs
  • Remotes & Surge Protectors
  • TVs (for a fee)
  • Clocks
  • iPods & MP3 Players
  • Speakers
  • Binoculars
  • Camcorders
  • CB Radios
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Mice & Keyboards
  • Printers/Scanners/Fax Machines
  • Monitors (for a fee) 
  • ​Ink & Toner Cartridges
  • ​Speakers & Amps
  • ​Video Game Consoles
  • ​Digital Cameras & Memory
  • ​SLR Cameras
  • Radar Detectors
  • Calculators
  • Landline Phones
  • Cell Phones
  • Vacuums
  • Fans
  • Batteries (button, cell phone, laptop & rechargeable)
  • Curling Irons & Hair dryers
  • Pedometers
  • Digital Frames
  • GPS Units
  • Large appliances (for a fee)


​Most gardeners end up with more produce than they can eat.  (Cucumber plant gone crazy, anyone?)  You can help end food waste and hunger, malnutrition and childhood obesity while helping the environment. allows you to find food pantries that will accept your garden produce donations.  There are 3 in Danville that will happily take your surplus of squash, your tons of tomatoes, your plethora of peas, your glut of garlic, your overstock of onions, your excess eggplants, your bounty of broccoli…you get the point!​St. James Food Pantry: 504 N. Vermilion St.
Women’s Care Clinic: 200 W. Williams
Mt. Zion Food Pantry: 1535 E. Fairchild St.


​Cork is made from the bark of the Cork Oak tree, harvested once every 9 years.  Cork is a sustainable, durable material that, once you’ve drank your wine, you can repurpose into crafts or even grind up and compost!  But if you just want to not throw it in the trash, consider recycling it at Houlihan’s, 1902 S. First Street, Champaign, IL 61820, or any other partners. Call to confirm drop-off hours 217-819-5005.


​Patagonia accepts any Patagonia product for recycling.  You can drop them off at the nearest Patagonia retailer: Champaign Surplus, 303 S. Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820.  Call to confirm drop-off hours 217-356-4703.

Or you can mail them directly to the recycling facility:
​Patagonia Service Center, 8550 White Fir Street, Reno, NV 89523-8939


​Athletic shoes can be taken to any Nike Reuse-A-Shoe collection drop-off.  They are recycled into clothing and athletic surfaces.  The Nike Factory Store in Tuscola accepts any brand of athletic shoes (no sandals, flip-flops, dress shoes or boots.  Also no metal, such as cleats or spikes).  Just give them to a customer service member, and they will take care of the rest.
Nike Factory Store, B-800 Tuscola Blvd, Tuscola, IL 61953  (217) 253-2058
You can also mail them directly to the recycling facility:
​Nike Grind Processing, 3552 Avenue of Commerce, Memphis, TN 38125


The Bra Recyclers have established a program to help rehome to women in need or recycle some of the 14.3 million tons of textile waste, and millions of seldom-to-never-worn bras in the United States.  Bras can be taken to Fleet Feet Sports, at 105 Krispy Kreme Drive #5, Bloomington, IL 61704 (309-808-3220) or directly to Home Sweet Home Ministries, 201 E. Oakland Ave, Bloomington, IL 61701 (309-828-1530). Call to confirm drop-off hours.

​Or you can mail them directly to the recycling facility:
​The Bra Recyclers, 3317 S. Higley Rd, Ste 114-441, Gilbert, AZ 85297


​You know you’ve got them.  Hiding in the back corner of your garage or attic.  Those old Christmas lights that haven’t worked in years, or you just decided to get some LEDs to replace the old incandescent bulbs.

​Well, now you can finally recycle them!  Holiday LEDS partners with a recycler who shreds, processes and sorts the various components of the lights (PVC, glass, copper) to be recycled. Lights should be shipped to: Holiday LEDS Recycling, 2300 S. 170th St., New Berlin, WI 53151.  Check the website for details before packaging up your lights


​Packing peanuts are some of the worst things to get in the mail.  You can’t really recycle them, and you hate to throw them in the trash.  Now, you can take them to certain drop-off centers who will re-use them.  Unfortunately, there aren’t any in the Danville area.  But if you’re willing to take them along on a road-trip, you can drop them off near Chicago, St. Louis, or Indianapolis at a variety of locations.

Search for a drop off center at the Plastic Loose Fill Council’s website.


​Is that valentine card too beautiful to simply put in the recycling bin?  Or that sparkling Christmas card is just too, well, sparkly, to trash?  St. Jude’s Ranch for Children recycles used greeting cards and creates new holiday and all-occasion greeting cards by reusing the front and attaching a new back to make “new” cards.  Recycled cards are then sold to support their programs and services for abused, neglected and homeless children, young adults and families.

They happily accept used greeting cards for any occasion year-round, as long as the inside of the front of the card is clean. Mail to: 100 St. Jude’s St., Boulder City, NV 89005.  Visit the website for more information.


​It’s a great idea to donate any unwanted crayons – churches, schools, homeless shelters, hospitals, daycares, etc, etc.  But if they’re broken, or otherwise not suitable for donation, you can recycle them.

Consider melting them and making your own crayons.  Or donate to either of these two groups, who will melt them down and make new crayons.

​The National Crayon Recycle Program.  Crayons can be shipped:
via USPS: Crayon Recycling, P.O. Box 683, Lake City, CO 81235
via FedEx or UPS: Crayon Recycling, 222 N. Gunnison Avenue, Lake City, CO 81235

The Crayon Initiative.  Crayons can be shipped to:
​The Crayon Initiative, 540 Glasgow Circle, Danville, CA 94526

​Then to complete the loop, recycled crayons can be purchased from Crazy Crayons (National Crayon Recycle Program), or the recycled crayons are donated to hospitals, schools & other programs via the Crayon Initiative.

​Crayon drives can be a great way to get kids involved in community service.  Consider helping your child set up a crayon drive at school, scouts, etc. or even at local restaurants where they give crayons with kids’ menus.  March 31 is National Crayon Day.  What a great day to plan to have this event!


​Got Keys? Everybody does!  They’re on your keychain, or in your junk drawer, and you just don’t know what they go to.  Don’t throw your old keys away, donate them!  Key For Hope recycles keys (and other scrap metal) and donates the proceeds to local food pantries.  50 keys weigh 1 lb.  1000 keys means 20 lbs of scrap metal that is kept out of landfills, and more food for families in need!

Key drives can be a great way to get kids involved in community service while teaching about recycling.  Consider helping your child set up a key drive at school, scouts, etc.  Or consider hosting a key drive at work.  Key For Hope will help with promotional items, collection bins, and pick up of keys.

​Or you can mail them directly to Key For Hope, 69 Memorial Drive, Avon, MA 02322


​There are also blue jean recycling programs available. Blue Jeans Go Green recycles denim into insulation.  Denim can be dropped off at any Madewell store.  Unfortunately, the closest ones are in Indianapolis, IN, Oakbrook, Chicago & Skokie, IL.

However, you can mail them directly to the recycling facility:
​Blue Jeans Go Green, Denim Recycling Program, 431 North 47th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85043


Brides Across America collects and donates wedding dresses to military brides, who may be facing deployments, financial hardships, or other challenges unique to servicemen and women.

Fill out their donation form, and they will contact you about how to donate your dress.


By donating your old hearing aid to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, you can help give the gift of sound to someone in need, while keeping another electronic device out of the landfill.  It “sounds” like a win-win situation for everyone!

Donation receipts are available for tax purposes.  Visit the website for more information.
​Place the hearing aid in a crush-proof box, old pill bottle, or other secure package.
​Mail to: Starkey Hearing Foundation, ATTN: Hearing Aid Recycling, 6700 Washington Ave. South, Eden Prairie, MN 55344


By donating your old glasses to OneSight, you can help give the gift of vision to someone in need, while keeping those old lenses and frames out of the landfill.  It “looks” like a win-win situation for everyone!
OneSight recycles collected glasses, where they are disassembled and a third party recycler utilizes the raw materials.  OneSight receives modest funds based on weight that supports charitable programs.
​Small quantities of eyewear can be dropped off at your local LensCrafters, Sears Optical, Pearle Vision or Target Optical locations.

​Larger quantities should be shipped directly to the processing facility:
Optical Village OneSight Center, 9924 International Blvd., Dock 22, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246


 Dart Container Corporation in Urbana accepts Expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, designated by the #6 resin code and commonly referred to by a brand name “Styrofoam”.

The Urbana drop-off, at 1505 East Main Street, is publicly accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and accepts “a wide variety of recyclable foam including foam cups, foam egg cartons, foam meat trays, foam ice chests, and foam packaging which is frequently used to protect fragile materials like TVs during shipping.” The foam can be recycled into products like “picture frames, baseboards, and crown molding.” Interested residents should collect their foam in clear or translucent bags, rinse or wipe foodservice containers to remove food or drink residue, and be sure to remove contaminants like straws, tape, or other non-foam materials.

Note that Dart does NOT accept foam packaging peanuts.


For information on recycling used oil, oil filters, paints, and household hazardous waste, please see the Reduce Your Pollution page. For other household goods not commonly recycled, check out our Innovative Recycling page.
*​Any company’s inclusion in this list is not an endorsement by the Village of Bismarck.  We are simply trying to give our citizens access to the best information possible.  In these cases, the best options are presented for recycling household goods which may otherwise be sent to a landfill.