Normal Town Council approves curbside recycling program

By Corey Spencer

April 2, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 3:23 AM CDT

Currently if you would like to recycle used cans and bottles in the town of Normal, you are forced to bring them to a community drop box. That may no longer be the case.

Monday, the Normal Town Council approved a motion that will allow them to authorize staff to implement a residential curbside recycling program. While all of the details aren't finalized, so far it seems that for a small monthly charge, Normal residents can leave their recyclables next to their trash bins in a separate container for pickup.

One city counsel woman says this is just one more step towards making Normal a "green city."

"You know we talk about being progressive, and we talk about being a green city," Cheryl Gaines said it Monday's meeting. "And the fact that we are a green city, and don't have curbside recycling, I don't know how we can say that we are. That escapes me."

A report submitted to the council shows Normal and Danville, Illinois are the only two communities of their size, south of Interstate 80, that do not have curbside recycling in Illinois.

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