Common Ground is proud to be a drop off for TerraCycle.


Items that are collected:

Baby Food Pouch Brigade: We accept all baby and toddler food plastic pouches and caps (such as Go-Go Squeeze, Ella’s, Earth’s Best, etc.). Please – Leave cap on to reduce smell.

Brita® or PUR Brigade®: We will accept all brands of pitchers, individual filtration bottles, filters, foil filter packaging, and faucet filtration systems.

Cereal Bag Brigade: We accept any brand heavy plastic cereal bags and any plastic cereal bag liners from inside of cereal boxes. (Cardboard cereal boxes go in regular city recycling).

Chip and Snacking Bag Brigade: We accept any size chip or snacking bags (such as from potato or corn chips, pretzels, foil lined snack crackers packages, etc.) and the heavy plastic outer bags from multi-packs.

Contact Lens Brigade: We accept all brands of contact lenses, plus foil and blister packaging.

Dental and Deodorant Brigade: We acceptall brands toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, floss containers, mouthwash bottles and caps, plastic deodorant containers and caps; also, plastic soap wrappers from multi-packs. Please note: This Brigade does not accept aerosol deodorant cans which go in regular city recycling.

Entenmann’s Little Bites Pouches Brigade: We accept Only Entenmann’s brand Little Bites plastic pouches.

Granola Bag (Bear Naked Granola) Brigade: We accept Bear Naked brand Granola bags, and Bear Naked brand Granola Bites bags.

Granola Bar and Protein Bar Wrapper Brigade: We accept Foil-lined only: such as energy bar, granola bar, meal replacement bar, and protein bar wrappers; and foil lined powdered drink tubes.

Personal Care & Beauty Brigade: We accept any emptied personal care or beauty product plastic containers including, but not limited to lipstick tubes, shampoo/conditioner/hairspray bottles, powder cases, plastic deodorant items, any type of lotion tubes and bottles, etc., plastic razors, nasal spray bottles. NOTE: Nail polish bottles of any kind and aerosol cans are NOT accepted. Hairspray & deodorant aerosol cans go in regular city recycling. For all donations, please empty any contents as much as possible before donating to decrease shipping weight.

Plastic Cup Brigade: We accept ONLY #6 rigid plastic cups – empty, rinse and let dry before donating.

Additional items collected:

Markers:We accept any brand, any size coloring/highlighting markers. (Sponsored by Crayola – not a part of the TerraCycle brigades). (OVER)

Cell phones; Christmas light strands (LED plastic twinkle lights); home computer printer cartridges; eyeglasses; hearing aids; keys (We will give to the Lion’s Club). For old-fashioned light strands with larger glass bulbs, remove the light bulbs first and donate electrical strand only). Then, see light bulb recycling note below.

Cigarette Waste:NO DROP OFF- PLEASE CALL MELANIE (309) 830-2567 FOR MORE INSTRUCTIONS. We accept cold extinguished cigarettes, cigarette filters, loose tobacco pouches, outer plastic packaging, inner foil packaging, rolling paper and ash. Please store in zip-sealed bags to reduce smell.

Polystyrene # 6 Foam products: Residential only – We are Not equipped for business collection. Separate foam egg cartons for shipping elsewhere. Large quantities should ONLY be left at the St. Luke’s site or taken to Dart in Urbana or Aurora (open 24 hrs/7 days a wk – see below). (For St Luke: Large pieces should be broken down and bagged (see below), and bags dropped behind any of the bins).

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS • Make sure foam has the #6 chasing arrows symbol on it. • Deposit foam in a clear or translucent bag. • Rinse or wipe foodservice containers free from food. • Remove straws, lids, tape or any other non-foam material. • Do not include Styrofoam-packaging peanuts (The UPS Store at 1701 E Empire, Ste 360, Bloomington accepts them for recycle/reuse).

Dart Container Corp. of IL – Styrofoam/polystyrene drop-off also at: Urbana – 1505 East Main Street, Urbana, IL 61802 and in Aurora – 310 Evergreen Dr., North Aurora, Ill., 60543-1702 visit https://www.dartcontainer.com/

TERRACYCLE DROP OFF LOCATIONS – (NO CIGARETTES: contact Melanie Ziomek – see Cigarette waste)

St. Luke Union Church (collection is in the garage area in back – collection containers are labeled)

2101 E Washington St —–(corner of Regency Drive and Washington St – open 24 hrs/7 days a week)

Bloomington, IL 61701

(TerraCycle contact) Amie Keeton (309) 242-8871 or akeeton@scbloomington.com


Boys and Girls Club (drop at counter)

1615 W. Illinois St.

Bloomington, IL 61701
(TerraCycle contact)
Melanie Ziomek (309) 830-2567 or blonoterracycle@yahoo.com


Common Ground Grocery (drop at counter)

516 N Main St
Bloomington, IL 61701

(TerraCycle contact) Janet Guaderrama (309) 310-2511 or jguader@gmail.com


Misc. Local Recycling:

Please take # 4 labeled Plastic bags (grocery sacks, dry cleaning bags, carrot bags, etc.) to any grocery store recycling station. Please do not put in regular city recycling or leave at TerraCycle site.

Please take used Batteries to Normal Public Works office (box in lobby) or a battery store such as Interstate Batteries for free home battery recycling – tape both ends with masking tape first.

Please take used Light bulbs to the lighting sections of Lowe’s, Menards, or Home Depot for recycling.

See the https://ecologyactioncenter.org/website for a more complete listing of recycling options.