Campus & Greenspace
Solid Waste Reduction & Recycling
In April 2013 the College will transition to single stream recycling for all campus visitors. In single stream recycling, all recyclables can be comingled in one bin. Sorting of recyclables is done at the recycling facility rather than by the consumers. Implementing single stream recycling has been found to increase recycling efforts by as much as 30%.
Commonly used items on campus that can be recycled are as follows:
Items that cannot be recycled in the single stream bins include:
- food contaminated paper items (i.e. pizza box with considerable amount of grease)
- plastic shopping bags (bring clean bags to a local grocery store to be recycled)
- plastic #6
A more detailed look at all suitable recyclable materials is available from Midwest Fiber Recyclers.
The College also hosts separate recycling bins for items not included in the single stream recycling
- Ink jet cartridges and cell phones placed in select locations around campus
- Batteries can be recycled by contacting Facilities
As of April 2013, the College will no longer serve as a community recycling drop-site. Community members can visit the remaining drop-site locations:
- Chiddix Junior High School, 300 S. Walnut St.
- Illinois State University, 100 N. University St.
- Jewel-Osco, 901 Cottage Ave.
- Prairieland Elementary School, 1300 E. Raab Road
- Normal Community West High School, 501 N. Parkside Road
- Normal Township Hall, 304 E. Mulberry St.
- University Center, 1101 N. Main St.
- Walmart, 300 Greenbriar Drive
HCC's Raab Road campus supports environmentally conscious modes of transportation through the following:
- Public transportation routes on campus
- Bicycle and foot access from Constitution Trail
- Bike racks at every building
- HCC's fleet includes both E85 and hybrid vehicles
- Two Level II electric vehicle chargers available for free for any campus visitors
- Other Transportation Resources
Before ground was broken for the Normal Campus, the College worked with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to develop a habitat plan that would inform and guide future grounds management. Today the campus includes native trees, prairie restoration, a 13 acre stocked pond and adjacent wetlands. The Greenspace Team manages the campus habitat areas.