Residential Programs

Chicago Conservation Corps (C3)

The environmental volunteer program of the City of Chicago’s Department of Environment, in collaboration with partners across the city. C3 recruits, trains, and supports a network of volunteers to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and schools through environmental service projects that protect our water, clean our air, restore our land and save energy.

C3 has three tracks:
  • C3 Leaders: community members who receive training and resources to develop and lead environmental service projects in their neighborhoods.
  • C3 Student Clubs: offer an opportunity for students and teachers to become environmental leaders in their schools.
  • C3 Explorer Track: allows residents to get involved with short-term environmental volunteer opportunities and events throughout Chicago, with the help of partner organizations and C3 Leaders.

For more information on C3, visit their blog>>, email or call (312) 743-9283.

Chicago's Blue Cart Recycling Program

Residents who currently receive City of Chicago refuse service and who live in a single-family home or multi-unit building with four units or less will have an opportunity to participate in the Blue Cart Recycling Program. Chicagoans who live outside a Blue Cart area and residents without City refuse service are encouraged to recycle using one of 30 recycling drop-boxes located throughout the City.

For more information on the program, call the Blue Cart Recycling Hotline at (312) 744-5702 or visit>>

Energy Action Network Chicago

Stay warm this winter. Don’t wait until you’re disconnected. There’s a place in your neighborhood where you can apply for assistance to pay your utility bills, find out about energy efficiency programs and rebates and learn how trained professionals can help you weatherize and improve the comfort of your home.


Visit an Energy Action Network Chicago location nearest you or call (800) 571-CEDA (2332) to learn about and apply for*:



Energy Action Network Chicago is a City initiative in partnership with the Community and Economic Development Agency of Cook County., the Field Museum, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Northern Illinois Energy Project, ComEd and Peoples Gas. Read the press release announcing the program.


*eligibility guidelines apply



The Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility

The City’s permanent household hazardous waste collection facility. Residents can drop off computers and related components, cell phones, paints, cleaners and other hazardous materials for proper disposal and/or recycling, if appropriate. Located at 1150 N. North Branch (two blocks east of the Kennedy Expressway at Division Street), the facility is open Tuesdays from 7 a.m. – noon, Thursdays from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., and the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information, call 311 or visit the site>>
To learn about additional City programs and services, visit>>

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