Garbage & Recycling

The Town of Normal operates automated wheeled garbage cart programs for collecting garbage and recycling.  

To have your trash and recycling collected, you must utilize a Town-issued cart. Purchase a new cart using the the Town of Normal online payment option. 

  • Place carts curbside no later than 6 a.m. on your collection day and no sooner than 6 p.m. on the evening before collection. 
  • Learn more about the collection days and services for your address at the My Public Services Interactive website.   
  • Return carts to your garage or behind the front line of your house within 12 hours of collection. If you live on a corner lot, carts should not be store on the outside corner of the house without proper screening.

If you have questions about the Town’s automated waste collection system please contact Public Works between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. at 309-454-9571.

Missed Collection 

If trash was not collected by 3 p.m. on your scheduled day, check for an orange notice on your materials or for a door hanger on your front door. You may also contact the Public Works department after 2 p.m. on your regular collection day or complete an online Missed Collection Form.

Holiday Collection

  • Household Garbage and Recycling (in Town carts) is collected on all Holidays except Christmas Day. 
  • Bulky waste, brush and landscape waste will not be collected on holidays when Town offices are closed.

Alternative Disposal Options

For information on disposing of Hazardous Waste visit the  Ecology Action Center  website. 

Instructions for proper disposal of these materials:

  • Motor Oil/Gasoline – take to service station or automotive centers
  • Unframed glass – break into small pieces, place in hard plastic container and put out with household waste in a Town-issued garbage cart
  • Framed glass – place out for bulky waste collection
  • CFL bulbs – take to do-it-yourself stores for recycling at service counters or electrical departments (mercury content within prohibits inclusion in household waste)
  • Fluorescent lighting tubes – recycle for a small fee at Batteries Plus Bulbs, Normal. 
  • Alkaline batteries - place in household trash … NEVER recycling bins. 
  • Rechargeable batteries – Rechargeable batteries are responsible for starting fires in collection trucks, recycling facilities and landfills. Drop off at any of the following locations: 

Normal Public Works
 1301 Warriner Dr.
 Normal, IL 61761
 Batteries Plus Bulbs
 1715 Bradford Ln.
 Normal, IL 61761
 Best Buy
 2103 N. Veterans Pkwy, Ste. 200
 Bloomington, IL 61704
 Interstate Batteries Center
 1115 E Lafayette St.
 Bloomington, IL 61704
 2101 E Empire St
 Bloomington, IL 61704
 900 Greenbriar Dr
 Normal, IL 61761
 Office Depot Inc.
 1700 E. College Ave
 Normal, IL 61761