Time to take action!

Contact your county board member and let them know recycling is important to you.  Scroll down for more information.

About Us

What is Effingham Recycles?

We are a citizen based group working to promote existing recycling resources and bring additional resources to our community.  We love Effingham and want to see it lead the way in green initiatives for central Illinois.  

Recycle like there is no tomorrow.

Keeping Effingham a wonderful place to live means increasing the community's efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.  We want Effingham to be a community with environmentally progressive policies and habits that enhance health and quality of life.

The quality of our environment effects everyone.

If you have ideas, questions or concerns about anything "green", please let us know.  We want to build partnerships throughout the community to continue to make Effingham a great place to live.  Scroll down to receive updates and share your ideas.  

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Take Action

What can I do to help recycling efforts?

We get this question all the time from people in our community.  Besides the actual recycling, you can lend support for tipping fees.   

What is a tipping fee?

Broadly, any charge on waste brought to a landfill, recycling center, or other disposal facility. The State of Illinois has a law allowing local government units to levy a tipping fee on landfills within their jurisdiction.  Trash haulers who dump the waste they collect into the landfill pay the fee based on the weight of their load. The statutory maximum rate is $1.27 per ton.  Revenue from that fee can then be spent on certain environmental projects, including education, environmental cleanups, and, of course, recycling.  

Effingham County is one of only three counties in Illinois that does not. An ordinance adopting the tipping fee was passed several years ago, but no amount has been set.    

Last year, the Effingham County Board created a waste management subcommittee to consider and recommend a course of action on the fee: either set an amount or repeal the ordinance all together. A final decision was put on hold.

Who is my county board member?

It is important to let our elected officials know that recycling is important to our community. We can let them know that we want an amount set and the tipping fees implemented. Information is posted to the right regarding the districts and representatives. Please feel free to reach out to them. If you are unsure on which district you belong to, please follow this link to map that outlines the districts. 

http://www.co.effingham.il.us/sites/default/files/gis/brd_dist_prec_forwebsite.pdf (If you are reading this on a mobile device, please visit our website on a computer to see a complete list of county board members.)

Upcoming Events

April 14, Electronic Recycling Drive

From 9:00 am to 12:00 pm the Effingham 4-H will be hosting an electronics recycling drive at St. John Lutheran Church.  Please visit this site for more details:  http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cefj/downloads/74051.pdf

Earth Day, April 23

We are excited to support this much requested event at the library!  Many in the community have asked for more information on composting.  There will be two classes offered that day. 4:00 and 6:00.  Please visit the library's website for more details. http://www.effinghamlibrary.org/ 

June 2, Recycling Drive

We are partnering with First National Bank to bring you an electronic recycling and paper shredding event!  We will also be accepting cardboard and batteries.  More details below! 


Details for June 2 Recycling Event

Ultimate Electronic Recycling Inc list of materials for drive (docx)


Check out our newsletter!

Newsletter Issue 1 (pdf)



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We would love to hear your thoughts on recycling in Effingham!

Please visit our Facebook page for more info about our efforts. Photos by Tytia Habing. Logo by Casey Tibbs.

Effingham Recycles