Residential Recycling Tax

The Residential Recycling Tax ordinance was adopted by the City Council on May 9, 1995. The mandatory tax funds the U-Cycle program in the City of Urbana. 


On June 17, 2019, the Urbana City Council approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District (UCSD) to include the City of Urbana Recycling taxes on the UCSD bill effective January 1, 2020. The 2021 monthly rate is $3.25.


 In order to prepare for the billing transition, the City of Urbana billed for the period of March 2019 through December 2019 in November of 2019.  The previous bill in March 2019 was for the period of March 2018-February 2019. 

The tax cost breakdown is as follows:

March - December 2019 = $3.25 * 10 months = $32.50

At that same meeting, the City Council also approved the following changes to the Recycling Tax Ordinance:

  • Every dwelling unit in a residential dwelling shall be presumed to be occupied unless:
    • A certificate of occupancy has been revoked or suspended
    • The dwelling is registered with the city as a vacant structure
    • The code official has declared the dwelling unfit for human occupancy

If the bill is for an incorrect amount of units, contact the Accounting Office at (217) 384-2448 and a visual inspection of the property will be performed. You will be notified if an adjustment is made to your account.

The City of Urbana will continue to collect delinquent accounts for the billing periods prior to January 1, 2020.   Billing periods after January 1, 2020 will be included on your UCSD bill.

Contact the Accounting Office at (217) 384-2448 with recycling tax account inquiries.

Contact the Public Works Department at (217) 384-2302 to learn more about the U-Cycle program or to request a UCART.

- Last Modified -January 5, 2021 - 2:09pm
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