This is what one ton (2,000 lbs.) of paper looks like as it begins the recycling process.

About the Program

Created by the Solid Waste Management Act of 1986, the State of Illinois' I-CYCLE Program facilitates the recycling efforts of 40,400 state employees and more than 225 state locations. Over 3,096 tons of traditional recyclable materials were captured in FY2015. CMS’s light recycling efforts increased to recycle over 8,953.75 lbs. of fluorescent lightbulbs. Funds generated from the I-Cycle recycling activities are deposited into the State Surplus Revolving Fund for use to promote and provide the recycling program and services.

The CMS I-CYCLE recycling program will continue to stand as a model for other states to emulate. The I-Cycle program has been successful in increasing the amount of material the state recycles and promoting the use of recycled products. The I-CYCLE program is administered by CMS’ Bureau of Property Management to recover and sell recyclable materials from state agencies and encourage the market development of recovered materials.

Through the I-CYCLE and State Surplus programs, the state currently recycles paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, plastics​, old telephone directories, scrap metal, fluorescent light bulbs, laser printer cartridges, books, rechargeable batteries, batteries, tires, oil, and anti-freeze.

CMS continues to contract not-for-profit Community Rehabilitation Facilities within CMS's State Use Program to recycle its surplus computers, cell phones and other electronic equipment in order to prevent leaks of mercury, lead, and other toxins into the environment. The State Use Vendors continue to meet or exceed national certifications for responsible electronics recycling.

Fifty-four percent of all paper and paper products procured/ purchased by CMS for the state contained recycled materials. CMS purchases other items containing recycled materials such as laser printer cartridges; recycling bins, tires, antifreeze, toilet tissue, napkins and many office supplies with recycle content.

CMS I-Cycle is strongly committed to the ongoing improvement of the state's recycling and recycled/post-consumer-purchasing activities. With the continued support of the goal of increased recycling, government can lead by example in minimizing potential environmental impact. Your continued support of these initiatives and goals is very much appreciated.

United Cerebral Palsy

CMS I-Cycle is proud to be partnering with The Land of Lincoln United Cerebral Palsy to meet our recycling needs:

United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln is a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing quality services, programs and advocacy to individuals with all types of disabilities. UCP is an affiliate of United Cerebral Palsy Associations and has been accredited from the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). UCP is also a member of the United Way. United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln provides comprehensive services to over 600 children and adults with disabilities in throughout Central Illinois. Services include job training and placement, assistive technology, summer camps, residential support, day services, respite, case management, and advocacy.

UCP is contracted by CMS to handle recycling at State agencies in the Central Illinois/Springfield Area. Their recycling efforts include both paper and cardboard and they are nationally certified in document destruction.

The Importance of Having a Good Record Retention Policy

Each Agency should have a record retention policy in place that deals with both paper and electronic documents. Once an Agency establishes its retention policy, as retention expires and documents become eligible for destruction, the Agency must obtain approval from the Illinois State Records Commission by submitting Certificates of Destruction. After 30 days from that approval, the Agency can destroy (shred) documents and then recycle the shred accordingly.

Having an up to date and active record retention policy allows the State to purge and recycle more documents regularly. This in turn helps to eliminate and save the State money by leasing less space, and not purchasing as many storage boxes and materials. 5ILCS 160 State Records Act​

All confidential information should be shredded.

Remember to maintain security policies for secured documents and old personnel documents with Social Security numbers on them.

Illinois Government Recycles 

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Contact I-CYCLE

Stratton Office Building, Room 604
401 S. Spring St.
Springfield, IL 62706-4100
Phone: (217) 524-5742