City of Springfield, Illinois

James O. Langfelder - Mayor

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Waste & Recycling

You pay $3 on your monthly CWLP bill for “Waste & Recycling”. Curious what it goes towards? Click here.

    Curbside Recycling

Curbside recycling is available at no additional cost for city residents living in single family homes of 3 units or less that pay for garbage can pickup. City residents who live in multi-unit buildings may also take advantage of their waste haulers recycle drop off location or with the property owner’s agreement of obtaining on site recycling service from their waste hauler at the monthly rate of $3 per unit.

Preparation Guidelines: Items that contained food should be rinsed out but thorough cleaning is unnecessary. All lids should be kept on containers; labels may remain. Some haulers will take mixed materials with no sorting needed - others require some sorting and separation of materials. Call your waste hauler for details on their requirements.

Pickup Location: all garbage and recycling is picked up curbside unless owner’s property has alley access. In the case of alley access, garbage and recycling receptacles should be placed and picked up in the alley.

Items Accepted:

  • Paper -  newspapers, junk mail, magazines, and chip board (single-ply cardboard used for cereal, tissue, magazines, and soda boxes).
  • Plastic - all plastic containers labeled #1-7, except #6.
  • Metal - food cans & aluminum beverage cans
  • Glass - all colors of glass are recyclable. Only bottles and jars that food or drink came in are acceptable. No glass window panes, dishware, or ceramics.
  • Cardboard - some haulers only accept limited amounts of cardboard for curbside or alley pickup. For large quantities, check with your hauler or take to waste haulers drop off recycling facility.
Any questions please contact the Office of Public Works 217.789.2255

    Drop Off Recycling Facilities

Springfield residents may drop off recycling items at their waste haulers designated location with proof of identification.  Drop off locations are for customers of the waste haulers operating each facility, and residents are encouraged to contact their waste haulers directly should they have any questions regarding this service

 Residents who live in multi-unit buildings may now take advantage of their waste haulers drop off location, or with the property owner’s agreement, and obtain recycling service on site from their waste hauler at the monthly rate of $3 per unit.

Following is the listing of the area waste haulers drop off recycling facilities.

Lake Area Disposal Service
2742 S. 6th Street
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Phone: 217.522.9271

Republic Services
Sangamon Valley Landfill
2565 Sandhill Road
Monday through Friday
7:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Phone: 217.528.9256

Waste Management
3000 E. Ash Street
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 12-noon
Phone: 800.796.9696
Customers should check in at weigh station upon entering facility.

    Electronic Recycling

The Office of Public Works offers an electronic recycling drop off program for all City residents.  The 2017 program starts Monday, June 5 and will run through December 31, 2017.  BLH Computers is the electronic drop off provider and is located at 1832 Adlai Stevenson Drive.  Regular recycling hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Electronic items in the “unlimited” category below are accepted with no restriction on quantity and may be dropped off to BLH Computers.

UNLIMITED - Residency verification not required:

Desktop, Laptop, and Tablet Computers LCD Monitors
Printers (Large office not accepted) Computer Peripherals (keyboard, mice, etc.)
DVD Players Satellite & Cable Equipment
Projectors VCRs
Video Game Consoles Radios
Speakers Cellular & Mobile Phones
Smart Phones Telephones (including PBX equipment)
Toner & Ink Cartridges Network Equipment & Cables
Mailroom Equipment Point of Sale Equipment
Pagers Cameras
Camcorders Power Tools (including batteries)
Fax Machines Answering Machines
Battery Backups and Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS) Surge Suppressors & Power Strips
Power & Accessory Cables Walkie-talkies
Christmas Tree Lights  


The “limited” category is new this year and was created so residents now have the ability to drop off televisions and/or CRT (tube) monitors at no cost. These drop offs are restricted to only three (3) types of these items per calendar year, per residence, with residency verification. A resident who brings in more than the allotted three items in the “limited” category will be charged the regular fee, with in-store coupon incentive, as set and required by BLH Computers.

Residents must create a voucher online at or at BLH’s in-store kiosk. A voucher created outside the store may be printed off and brought to BLH with the items or emailed to the resident and shown on their mobile device when dropping off their electronics. Please note that proof of city residency is required (driver’s license or photo ID) during drop off in addition to the voucher.

LIMITED - Residency verification required and limited to 3 items per calendar year:

CRT Televisions Projection Televisions
CRT Monitors Non-LCD/Plasma Televisions or Monitors
Consoles LCD Televisions

If an item is not listed, please call BLH Computers at 217.585.1580 to see if it can be accepted.

    Quick Recycling Reference for Common Items

  • Batteries: Can be taken to several electric retailers and/or recyclers, including Mr. Battery at 3133 Hedley Rd. 217.787.3311 (accepts most batteries, including alkaline), BLH Computers, Inc. at 1832 Stevenson Dr. 217.585.7580 (accepts most batteries except alkalines), Springfield Battery Co. at 2645 E. Cook St. 217.523.7031 (accepts large batteries such as car, truck, marine vehicle and lead batteries). Call local business for details.
  • Carpet and Padding: Can be taken to Staff Carpet at 304 W. Browning Rd. 217.528.4879. If you have not purchased new carpet from Staff, the cost is $50.00. If you have purchased new carpet from Staff, recycling is free. Call for details.
  • Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL): Can be taken to Springfield Electric at 700 N. 9th St. 217.788.2100, US Electric at 301 North 1st St. 217.522.3347, as well as Lowe's and Menards Locations. Call local business for details.
  • Dehumidifier: Can be taken to Habitat for Humanity at 2744 S. 6th St. 217.523.2710 & Springfield Iron & Metal at 930 N. Wolfe St. 217.544.7131. Call local business for details.
  • Fire Extinguisher: Release pressure in fire extinguisher and let sit for a few days prior to throwing away in regular trash. If unsure on chemical makeup of fire extinguisher, take to AEC Fire Safety & Security at 3003 Stanton St. 217.529.3003- they will look over and access.
  • Gasoline: Safely store old gasoline until next City Household Hazardous Waste collection event or call Office of Public Works 217.789.2255.
  • Holiday Lights: Can be taken to BLH Computers, Inc. at 1832 Stevenson Dr. 217.585.7580 all year round. Call for details.
  • Humidifier: Can be taken to BLH Computers, Inc. at 1832 Stevenson Dr. 217.585.7580 or Habitat for Humanity at 2744 S. 6th St. 217.523.2710. Call local business for details.
  • Latex Paint: Residents can legally and safely put latex paint in the trash once it has been completely dried out. It is important to solidify latex paint to avoid environmental or water contamination problems. Most effective means of drying latex paint is to pour it out in thin layers on a disposable material, such as old newspapers or cardboard. Allow each layer to dry then dispose of in regular trash.
  • Medication: Can be taken to Walgreens at 2020 S. MacArthur Blvd. 217.744.1880 (accepts all prescription and non-prescription drugs) as well as Complete Care at 201 N. 5th St. 217.528.8096 (accepts prescription, non-prescription, liquid, and aerosol drugs). Call local business for details.
  • Microwaves: Can be taken to Ley Metals Recycling, Inc. at 3000 N. Peoria Rd. 217.523.7676 or F&W Resources at 3327 Terminal Ave. 217.525.1206. Call local business for details.
  • Tires: Can be taken to various service stations, including Johnson & Johnson Auto Service Center at 1325 Stevenson Dr. 217.529.9200 and Midtown Tire and Auto Service at 2110 Clear Lake Ave. 217.525.1395. Each store charges between $2 and $5 to get rid of one standard-sized tire. Call local business for details.
  • Smoke Detector: Smoke detectors older than 1990 have small traces of radiation and other harmful chemicals. To dispose, contact the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) at 2200 S. Dirksen Pkwy. 800.782.7860. For smoke detectors after 1990, dispose in regular waste stream.
  • Used Motor Oil: Can be taken to various service stations, including all Auto Zone locations in Springfield as well as Johnson & Johnson Auto Service Center at 1325 Adlai Stevenson Dr. 217.529.9200. Each location has limits and charges. Call local business for details.

    Reuse Options

Room-to-Room Guide

Springfield’s “Room-to-Room Guide to Household Reuse and Recycling” provides guidance on how to get rid of unwanted household items. This handy booklet lists more than 150 different items/materials and where to donate them in the Springfield area so they will be reused or recycled and not landfilled. From eye glasses to wire hangers, office machines to tools, you will be amazed at the number and type of items organizations and businesses in and around the City of Springfield will gladly accept. To receive a paper copy of the “Room-to-Room Guide”, call the Office of Public Works: Waste & Recycling at 217.789.2255.

Click here to download the Guide.


Is a free service matching up people who need to get rid of an item/s with those who are in need of an item/s. Anyone with access to a computer can visit the Freecycle website at and search Springfield, IL to find items listed near you. Every item listed must be free, legal, and appropriate for all ages.

    Annual Earth Awareness Fair

  • The City of Springfield’s Earth Awareness Fair is held every 3rd Saturday in April on the grounds of the Old State Capitol in the heart of downtown Springfield, IL
  • For 2017, the Fair was held on Saturday, April 22nd with over 50 participating exhibitors and 2,000 people in attendance. For a full list of the day’s event please click on the 2017 EAF link below. For pictures of 2017 EAF please visit the city’s facebook page
  • The 2018 Earth Awareness Fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 21st.
  • If you would like to be notified when vendor registration and/or volunteer sign-up is open for 2018, please email or call 217.789.2255 to have your contact information added.

2017 EAF