EAC Launches Program to Provide Low-Income Households in Normal with Recycling
The Ecology Action Center is working to ensure income discrepancies do not impact equal access to recycling.
In support of this mission, The Illinois Prairie Community Foundation recently awarded the Ecology Action Center full funding for a program that will fund the purchase and distribution of 82 curbside 65-gallon recycling carts.
To be eligible, applicants must meet four requirements. Requirements entail residing in Normal and receiving garbage-collecting services by Normal. Additionally, applicants must live in a single-family housing unit and meet the Department of Housing's maximum income limit guidelines.
A solo resident can have a maximum income of $50,225 and a family of three can have a maximum combined income of $64,750 to qualify for the program.
Participants will receive educational information on McLean County's recycling program. Residents will be required to read this information and return forms to the EAC to demonstrate their recycling knowledge and the program's impact on participants' recycling regimen. Finally, residents are required to note how often they place recycling carts out for collection.
The average person uses more than 25,000 cans in a lifetime. Simply recycling one aluminum saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours, according to Recycle Across America.