Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2011


Stevenson Center, recycling, we recycle, assessment


The purpose of this report is to inform public officials, the Ecology Action Center, and Bloomington/Normal residents of current habits, unmet needs and areas for improvement concerning community recycling programs. The findings are based on a survey of 290 Bloomington/Normal households, as well as interviews conducted with key stakeholders in the community. One of the more significant findings was the almost universal support for the expansion of the curbside recycling program in the area. Respondents also reported a general dissatisfaction with the current state of apartment recycling efforts, and support of the implementation of mandatory recycling in school districts. To conclude, we make recommendations for improvement of the Bloomington/Normal recycling programs.


We would like to acknowledge the generous support of Dr. Vernon Pohlmann through a Pohlmann Family Development Grant. We also wish to thank the residents of Bloomington-Normal who took the time to participate in our study and share their perspectives. We could not have completed this project without their cooperation and assistance.