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

East-Central IL Household Hazardous Waste Event

The IEPA is administering a HHW Collection Event at the Coles County Airport, 10500 State Highway 16, Mattoon, IL on Saturday, May 14th, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event will end at three o'clock in the afternoon. Participants may register for the event using the registration service found at Doing so guarantees faster unloading for each registrant. Participants should enter through the airport’s east entrance at the stoplight by Sarah Bush hospital’s ER entrance. This event is open to all Illinois residents and is co-sponsored by the counties of Coles, Shelby, Douglas, Edgar, Clark, and Cumberland.

Accepted items include oil-based paints, used motor oil, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, old gasoline, pool chemicals, cleaning products, mercury, acids, household batteries, paint thinners, lawn chemicals, solvents, antifreeze, hobby chemicals, aerosol paints and pesticides, fluorescent lamp bulbs, drain cleaners, and corrosives.

Unacceptable items include Latex Paint (dry or absorb and place in regular trash), agricultural waste, business and commercial sector waste, explosives, ammunition, fireworks, controlled substances, propane tanks, smoke detectors, farm machinery oil, fire extinguishers, and biohazard waste.

Residents can dispose of dangerous material that could spill, leak, or impose grave danger to curious children and pets by bringing these hazardous wastes to this 1-Day collection event that is offered free of charge. Additional information or questions regarding the event can be answered by contacting Sarah Mummel at or (217) 348-0521.

- 2022 Event Flyer

- 2022 Event Map

- 2022 Event Press Release

- Accepted/Unacceptable Item List

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.