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SSC Board Chair Wells: ‘We need the Southland to recommit to recycling’

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (July 25, 2023) – As reported in June, South Suburban College partnered with Cook County in April to establish a grant-funded Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) on the college’s main campus in South Holland.

Antwon Russell, Sustainability Coordinator at the site, says the goal is for that location to be the largest center in the state, processing more hard-to-recycle materials than anywhere else.

On a rainy Saturday in July Sustainability Coordinator Antwon Russell opens the CHaRM gate for waiting recyclers. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Since its opening on April 22, the CHaRM center has processed 36,804 lbs. of materials.

“The CHaRM is one of the first in Illinois and a unique opportunity for Cook County residents to drop off hard-to-recycle and expensive-to-recycle goods at no charge,” said Terry R. Wells, SSC Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “We need the Southland to recommit to recycling and understand this is not just about televisions and electronics, but anything in your house.”

The CHaRM center’s operating hours include:

  • Tuesdays from 7 a.m. to 12 noon.
  • Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • 2nd Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Televisions are accepted only during Saturday hours.

A list of accepted materials is available at

Recyclers can make a drop-off reservation at

Other inquiries about the CHaRM can be directed to Antwon Russell, Sustainability Coordinator:

South Suburban College is located at 15800 South State Street in South Holland. The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials is located at the north end of the campus.

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.