Reduced Waste & Industrial Pollution

Blue Cart Separate Collection Program

Recycling diverts waste from landfills while providing a supply of materials to local businesses. The City of Chicago is currently expanding its Blue Cart Recycling Program, which utilizes single-stream processing technologies. The program will be rolled out to all City residents who are serviced by the Department of Streets and Sanitation by the end of 2011. Learn More >>

Neighborhood E-Waste Collections
July 16th and August 6th

The City of Chicago will be hosting 11 neighborhood collection days for electronic materials. Events are happening across the city and residents are welcome to attend any of the events. View a map of all events. For more information, including locations and accepted materials, please visit


Free Paper Shredding Event: June 25 at the United Center

Saturday, June 25, 2011:    
United Center, Parking Lot E
On Wood St. between Madison & Warren Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612

What: Consumers can shred up to 10 boxes of documents....FREE!
Visit to sign-up to receive email notificiations about future shredding events.


Stop unwanted mail. City of Chicago joins forces with Catalog Choice

The City of Chicago has joined forces with communities across the country to debut a zero-waste initiative that will allow consumers to stop unwanted phone books, catalogs, coupons and credit card solicitations at the source. The free service, designed by Catalog Choice, will help Chicago reach its Chicago Climate Action Plan (CCAP) goal of diverting 90% of our waste from landfills by 2020—one mailbox at a time. City residents and businesses can sign up for the mail preference service beginning today at >>Read the Chicago Catalog Choice press release.


Construction and Demolition Recycling Ordinance

It is estimated that 40 percent of the City’s municipal solid waste can be attributed to construction and demolition debris. In 2006, the City of Chicago passed the Construction and Demolition Recycling Ordinance, which required all major demolition and construction projects within the City limits to recycle a minimum of 50 percent of their waste beginning in 2007. Since the ordinance took effect, 397,359 tons of generated debris were recycled, which amounts to an 87 percent weighted recycling average per project. Learn More >>

Multi-Unit Building Recycling Toolkit

Establish or improve a recycling program in your multi-family building with the Multi-UnitBuilding Recycling Toolkit. Download it for free at www.chicagorecyclesorg.


Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility

Dispose of household chemicals, computer-related items and compact fluorescent lightbulbs responsibly at the Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility. 1150 N. North Branch on Goose Island. Open Tues 7a.m.-12p.m.; Thurs 2-7p.m. and first Sat of every month 8a.m. -3p.m.; (312) 744-7672.


Recycle Old Medicines

Bring your unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications to one of five Chicago Area Police Stations for proper disposal. Available 24 hours a day.

  • Area 1 (5101 S. Wentworth Ave.)
  • Area 2 (727 E. 111th St.)
  • Area 3 (2452 W. Belmont Ave.)
  • Area 4 (3151 W. Harrison St.)
  • Area 5 (5555 W. Grand Ave.)


Report Environmental Concerns

Report illegal dumping, hazardous materials cleanup and noise complaints to the Chicago Department of Environment. Field inspectors are on duty Mon-Fri 6a.m. -12a.m. (312) 744-7672.

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