Solid Waste & Recycling

What is our Focus?

In accordance with state statute from the Illinois Solid Waste Management Act Section 2(b), we will continue to pursue the promoted waste management hierarchy:

  1. Volume Reduction at the source
  2. Recycling and Reuse
  3. Combustion with Energy Recover (not applicable)
  4. Combustion for Volume Reduction (not applicable)
  5. Disposal in Landfill
Therefore, the purpose of this page is to inform you, our citizens, of the proper disposal, recycling protocol, and recommended alternatives as well as upcoming events to assist with easier recycling capabilities for difficult to recycle items.

Upcoming Events

Electronics Recycling Event

We are planning an Electronics Recycling Event for 2024. More details to come.

Reuse Opportunities in the Area
  • Goodwill - Charleston/Mattoon
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Salvation Army
  • Catholic Charities

Eastern Illinois University is a composting campus!
Illinois Composts Website

Education & Guidelines

Check out our Solid Waste & Recycling educational materials!

Recycling Guidelines Non-Recyclable Plastics Activity Book
Recycling Guidelines Non-Recyclable Plastics Printable Recycling Activity Book

Solid Waste Planning & Legislation

If you are interested in any of the legislation regarding Solid Waste & Recycling or Coles County's Solid Waste Plan, please view the links below.