Mary Ann Smith 5533 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
773-784-5277, fax: 773-784-5033
Alderman, 48th Ward e-mail: info@MASmith48.org
Reduce Reuse Recycle
Recycling is an easy and effective way to reduce the amount of waste going into
landfills. It conserves raw materials. Recycling is more than sorting: it means
reducing waste, reusing products, and buying goods made from recycled materials.
Blue Cart Program, p. 2 Other Resources, p. 18
Batteries, p. 10 Recycling at Business Establishments,
Cardboard, p. 11
Recycling at Residential Buildings Over
Clothing and Household Items, p. 13 Four Units, p. 6
Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Refrigerators and Large Appliances,
Bulbs, p. 11 p.14
Expired Medicine/Drug Disposal, p. 12 Single-Stream Drop-Off Centers, p. 7
Eyeglasses, p. 12 Tires, p.17
Household Hazardous Waste and Vehicles, p. 15
Electronics, p. 8
Vermicomposting, p. 15
Motor Oil, p. 16
Yard Waste and Composting, p. 15
Blue Cart Program
The Blue Cart recycling program, operated by
the Department of Streets and Sanitation,
applies to residential buildings up to 4
dwelling units and non-profit institutions.
Recyclables are placed into blue carts and
picked up by separate trucks from the regular
Glass jars and bottles
Aluminum cans, foil and pie tins
Tin or Steel cans
Cereal boxes, paper towel rolls
Plastic bottles and containers #1-5, #7
Magazines and catalogs
Office paper and file folders
Newspaper and insert
Blue Cart 2008 Pick-up Schedule in the 48th Ward
Every two weeks on about the same day of the week as the regular trash pick-up, the weeks of:
Jun. 9, 23 Jul. 7, 21 Aug. 4, 18 Sep. 1, 15, 29
Oct. 13, 27 Nov. 10, 24 Dec. 8, 22
* Last week of yard waste service in 2008. Note that the day of the week for yard waste pick-up could be
different from the day for blue cart or black cart pick-up. Three different types of trucks are utilized.
For more information go to www.bluecartschicago.org
Become a Recycling Block Club Captain!
To ensure the success of the Blue Cart Program, the Department of Environment is calling upon individuals to become
Recycling Block Club Captains. To enroll, call (312) 744-5702 or complete the form online at www.bluecartschicago.org.
A Recycling Block Club Captain will: Together we will: Your Resource Kit Includes:
Answer questions for their Build a successful Blue 1 lawn sign (put on lawn
neighbors Cart recycling program in during week of pick-up)
Generate enthusiasm your ward Introduction cards (pass out
Provide the City with feedback Reduce the amount of on your block, your side of
about the program; and waste in our landfills the street and across the
Help spread the word on future Encourage new business street)
recycling-related activities, such as markets and outlets for Extra brochures
composting, battery collection, and recycled products; and Extra magnets
the new Household Chemicals and Provide for the safety of Frequently Asked Questions
Computer Recycling Facility our children, families and sheet
City workers by
reducing hazards in our
Frequently Asked Questions
What Can I Recycle? Residents have the chance to recycle materials, including paper, cardboard, plastics, and
aluminum, in their new blue cart. Below is a complete list of materials that can be recycled:
Containers Paper Fiber What is Not Accepted?
All containers should be emptied. Newspaper, including inserts You CANNOT use your
(remove plastic sleeves) cart to recycle the
Aluminum Cans, Trays & Foil following:
Cardboard (no waxed
Steel Cans & Tins cardboard) Motor oil containers
Milk & Juice Cartons and Jugs (#2 clear plastic resin) Kraft Bags (brown paper bags)
Glass Bottles and Jars - (clear, brown, green) No window Insecticide
Magazines, Catalogs and containers NO!
glass, dinnerware or ceramics. Telephone Books
Pop, Water, & Flavored Beverage Bottles (#1 clear and green Herbicide containers
Office, Computer, Notebook NO!
plastic resin) and Gift Wrap Paper (no metal
Detergent & Fabric Softener Containers (#2 colored plastic clips, spirals, binders) Hazardous chemical
resin) containers NO!
Chipboard (cereal, cake & food
PVC Narrow Neck Containers, such as health & beauty aid mix boxes, gift boxes, shoe Plastic bags or film
products, household cleaners (#3 plastic resin) boxes, etc.) (plastic sheets, tarps
or wrap) NO!
Grocery Containers, such as 6 and 12 pack rings, margarine Carrier Stock (pop & beer can
tubs, and frozen dessert cups (#4 plastic resin) carrying cases) Expanded foam NO!
Grocery Containers, such as yogurt cups, and narrow neck Junk Mail & Envelopes (no Clear polystyrene
syrup and ketchup bottles (#5 plastic resin) plastic cards, stick on labels or (#6 plastic) NO!
Narrow Neck Containers (#7 Plastic Resin) Soiled disposable
Paperback books (no hard diapers NO!
Plastic Buckets, such as kitty litter containers (5 gallon size cover)
maximum). No metal handles.
Residents who live in Blue Cart areas
What is the The numbers found in the chasing should place their yard waste in brown
difference arrows of plastic containers indicate the paper bags next to their recycling carts.
between the type of plastic resin used to form the Residents in areas without the Blue Cart
various numbers container. The various resin types have program should put their yard waste
designated to different properties and, thus, must be into blue bags and place the bags into
plastics? sorted by type before being reprocessed their waste cart.
into new materials during the recycling
process. The types of plastic containers Does commingling No. The recyclables collected through
accepted in the blue cart recycling the recyclables this program are sorted at a center and
program are #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7. #6 devalue the can be sold to make high grade
plastic, called polystyrene or Styrofoam, products? products. The commingling simply
cannot be included in the program. makes it easier on the user and lowers
the cost of collection.
Do I have to rinse No. A small amount of food/beverage
my containers residual in the container is acceptable. Are there local A permanent household chemical and
every time I want Containers still partially full of food or drop-offs for us to computer recycling facility. The facility
to recycle them? liquid should be emptied before being dispose of is located at 1150 N. North Branch (2
placed in the blue cart. A benefit to household blocks east of the Kennedy expressway
rinsing containers is for sanitary hazardous waste at Division Street) and is open Tuesdays
purposes while storing the empty materials? from 7 am until noon, Thursdays from 2
containers in the home. pm until 7 pm, and the first Saturday of
every month from 8 am until 3 pm. The
Aerosol cans that are empty can be
City conducts a number of regional
What should I do included in the blue cart. If an aerosol
collection one-day events during the
about materials can feels as though it still has
year for those who are unable to make it
like aerosol cans? significant material inside, it should not
to the permanent facility.
What should I do Foil with a slight amount of food
with materials residue can be included. If the foil is
like dirty tin foil? covered in food which causes it to not
feel light like foil normally does, it Why should I Recycling provides a number of
should either be cleaned off before recycle? benefits important to the environment
including it in the blue cart or not and overall quality of life. This includes
recycled if the food cannot be removed. saving natural resources, saving energy,
reducing air and water pollution, and
saving landfill space. Recycling creates
Can we put Plastic grocery bags cannot be recycled more jobs than other disposal options.
plastic through this program. Using grocery
grocery/shopping bags to store and transport recyclables is If I live in an area If you live in a targeted area, you will
bags in blue ok, but do not place all your bags in the targeted to receive be able to participate in the blue cart
carts? blue cart. Most chain grocery stores blue carts, will I recycling program if you currently have
accept the plastic bags back for get a blue cart? If City garbage service (place your
recycling at bins placed at the store not, why not? garbage in black carts for removal by
entrance. the City). The City provides this service
only to residents living in single-family
homes and multi-unit buildings with 4
What happens to Your recyclables are transported to a
units or less. Those people living in
my recyclables? sorting center, processed, and then sold
buildings of more than four units should
to manufacturers to create newsprint,
ensure their building management
packaging, insulation, and other items.
and/or private waste haulers have a
The City will receive payment by
recycling system as required by City
weight for the material delivered. This
helps to partially cover the cost of the
How will I know Blue carts will be delivered to your curb
the program has a few weeks prior to the start of
What should I do All yard waste should be placed in a begun? recycling pick-up. You can begin
with my yard paper or plastic bag, and set out next to placing your recyclables in the cart as
waste? your carts. Yard waste includes grass soon as you receive it. All homes will
clippings, leaves, and branches. receive a door hanger with program
information including pick-up schedule
prior to the first collection day. The If a blue cart is If the recycling crew comes across a
City's website (www.cityofchicago.org) filled with blue cart filled with garbage or yard
and 311 will have a list of the pick-up garbage, how will waste, a warning sticker will be placed
schedule for each neighborhood. that cart be on top of the cart to notify the resident
emptied? of the misuse of the cart. The address
Where should my The blue cart is delivered to the front of will be relayed to a garbage crew and
blue cart be your house so you recognize that it has the garbage crew will empty the cart
stored? been delivered and take ―ownership‖ of within a week.
the cart. You should place the blue cart
wherever your black carts are stored.
For most, this means it should be placed
in the alley next to your black carts. For Can I include Food waste should not be included with
those with curbside pickup, the blue cart food waste with your yard waste bags because the
should be wheeled out to the curb with my yard waste facility that composts the yard waste
your black carts every other week bags? does not have a permit to compost food
according to your pickup schedule. waste. The Department of Environment
periodically has home compost bin sales
What will be the Recyclables will be collected every two for those interested in composting food
pick up schedule? weeks, about the same day of the week waste. Contact 311 for more
as regular trash which will still be information.
picked up weekly. Yard waste will be
picked up weekly from April through COSTS AND
November. For more info go online at REVENUE
www.bluecartschicago.org or call 311.
Who pays for the The City of Chicago pays for the cost of
What if my cart is Residents should take measures to program? operating the program. The Illinois
full before the two ensure that the space within the cart is Department of Commerce and
weeks? Can I used efficiently. This includes flattening Economic Opportunity provided a grant
obtain a second all boxes and large plastic containers to pay for the cost of the new blue carts.
cart? such as milk jugs. An additional blue
cart can be obtained by calling 311. Does recycling Yes, the material collected for recycling
This will require a black cart to be bring in revenue is sold to a recycling vendor. The City
removed from your residence. for the City? does not have to pay to dispose of this
material in a landfill. Therefore, the
Once I start with You may find that with the recyclables greater the participation in the program
the blue cart and yard waste removed from your by residents, the less the program will
system of black carts, you now have one black cost as a whole.
recycling, I don’t cart that is always empty. If you would
think I will need like a black cart removed from your
all my black carts. residency, call 311 to schedule the
Can I get rid of removal.
How are you The City is keeping track of the weight
measuring the of the recyclable materials as well as the
results? quality (contamination levels) of the
recyclables collected in the blue cart.
Blue cart usage will also be periodically
observed to measure the participation
rate of the program.
If I put a non- No, at the sorting center the non-
recyclable item in recyclable items will be removed and
my blue cart, will disposed of.
I ruin the whole
Recycling at Business Establishments and
Residential Buildings Over Four Units
Q: What are my responsibilities as a business owner?
A: All commercial establishments that are required to have a Chicago business
license and contract for private collection are required to have recycling
programs under the Chicago High Density Residential and Commercial Source
Reduction and Recycling Ordinance.
Q: What are the basic requirements under the Reduction and Recycling
A: The basic requirement for commercial establishments is to recycle at least
three recyclable items from the list below.
newspaper magazines and catalogs corrugated cardboard
high grade paper glass bottles and jars plastic containers
mixed paper aluminum cans, foil, and pans wooden pallets
steel and bi-metal cans plastic film fluorescent bulbs
high-intensity discharge fats, oils, and greases
Q: Do restaurants and bars have the same requirements as other commercial establishments?
A: As specialized commercial establishments, the Reduction and Recycling Ordinance allows bars and restaurants to
recycle fewer than three items. A commercial establishment may recycle only 1 item if it can establish through a waste
audit that one recyclable item constitutes more than 51% by weight of the waste stream. You must keep your results from
the waste audit with your recycling plan for review by the Department of Environment.
Q: What are my responsibilities as a residential owner who contracts for private collection?
A: The Reduction and Recycling Ordinance requires all residential owners who contract for private collection to
implement an effective recycling plan. Approved recyclables include:
newspaper glass bottles and jars plastic containers
mixed residential paper aluminum cans fluorescent bulbs
corrugated cardboard plastic film high-intensity discharge
magazines and catalogs steel and bi-metal cans lamps
*For more information about the Reduction and Recycling Ordinance, visit www.CityOfChicago.org/Streets.
Single-Stream Drop-Off Centers
Blue Drop-Off Centers are located in 16 communities
across the city. Chicagoans can bring paper, plastics
and glass for separate recycling during daylight hours.
The Centers accept the same full range of materials as
the Blue Carts and all recyclables can be tossed in
together. The closest location to the 48th Ward is 6441
N. Ravenswood. Anyone can use this but it is great for
those who live in areas where the Blue carts haven’t
been phased in or larger buildings that don’t have
Place recyclables in the Drop-Off Box. There is no
need to separate these items by kind nor do they
need to be bagged to go into the Center box.
Glass jars and bottles
Aluminum cans, foil and pie tins
Tin or Steel cans
Cereal boxes, paper towel rolls
Plastic bottles and containers #1-5, #7
Magazines and catalogs
Office paper and file folders
Newspaper and inserts
Certain items should NOT be placed in the drop-off center.
- YARD WASTE - Yard waste is not accepted at the Drop-Off Center.
You should continue to place your yard waste in blue bags or learn how
to compost your material at home.
- NON-RECYCLEABLE TRASH -- Non-recyclables should continue
to go into your black garbage cart for regular city trash pickup.
- HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE & ELECTRONICS - Take
all household hazardous waste and old electronics, including cell
phones, computers and related equipment, and paints, cleaners,
solvents and other chemicals, to the city's new permanent facility, The
Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility, located at
1150 N. North Branch Street.
- BATTERIES - All household and rechargeable batteries can be
recycled at all Walgreens and Chicago Public Libraries.
Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics
A city-wide Household Chemicals and Computer
Recycling Facility, HCCRF is open regularly
throughout the year for the disposal of common
household items that are neither fit for garbage nor
Located at 1150 N. North Branch Street, which is two
blocks east of the Kennedy Expressway at Division
Street, the center’s hours are Tuesdays—7 am to 12
noon, Thursdays—2 pm to 7 pm, and the first Saturday
of the month from 8 am to 3 pm.
A spring and fall collection day of household
hazardous waste and electronics is also held at different
locations in Chicago—for next date see
What to Drop-Off: Acceptable Materials
Chemicals Electronics & Other
antifreeze fluorescent light bulbs
unused/expired medications CFL bulbs
used motor oil computers & peripherals
old gasoline cell phones & accessories
oil-based paints household electronics
paint thinners fire extinguishers, flares
aerosol paints and pesticides propane cylinders
herbicides, pesticides, insecticides batteries, including car batteries
What Not to Drop-Off
agricultural waste explosives business/commercial sector waste
smoke detectors (now fireworks institutional waste
can be thrown away farm machinery oil medical waste
with regular trash) appliances
In the facility Paint Exchange room, Chicagoans can either safely dispose of unwanted, but usable paint, or take
home free paint, or do both! There are also other products, when they are available (i.e. dropped of by residents), such
as motor oils, antifreeze, washer fluid, cleaners, detergents, etc., in the "Paint Exchange Room." It is best for residents to
call to see what products other than paint are available.
The room is open during the facility's regular hours of operation.
Only latex (water-based or water-thinned) paint is accepted. If you
are uncertain whether your paint is latex or solvent-based, consider
If you have a latex paint...
The label will say you can clean your brush or roller with
soap and water.
The paint will readily mix with water and become thinner as
water is added.
If you have a solvent-based paint...
The label may include the words "alkyd" or "oil-based".
The label may also say you need to clean your brush or roller
with mineral spirits or turpentine.
The paint will separate from water rather than mix with it.
What happens with the materials after I drop them off at the facility?
Items are recycled, incinerated, or put in landfills. Combustible items such as used oil and gasoline are sent to
secondary fuel or fuel blending facilities. Batteries and like items are sent to a recycling facility where the metal
components are removed and recycled. Some items are sent to specially constructed incinerators with state-of-the-
art air pollution control equipment. If items can't be recycled or incinerated, they are sent to landfills specifically
constructed to receive hazardous waste.
Why should I recycle my old electronics?
Electronic products often contain hazardous and toxic materials that pose environmental risks if they are put in a landfill
or incinerated. Recycling these electronics reduces the amount of toxic and hazardous substances that may enter the
environment through disposal. Recycling electronic equipment also conserves energy and raw materials and reduces
pollution in manufacturing by allowing product components, such as metals and plastics, to be used in other products.
If my computer is recycled, what's to stop the people refurbishing it from finding out my private information?
All computers dropped off at the facility will have their hard drives wiped clean before any work is done.
Do I have to return paint to pick up paint at the paint exchange, or vice versa?
No, you can either pick up free paint, drop-off old paint, or do both in the facility's paint exchange room.
What is the training center?
Through a partnership with the Illinois Department of Corrections and Computers for Schools, the City of Chicago has
developed a training program that will utilize the Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility to train ex-
offenders in electronics recycling, internships, and job placement assistance. Computers and other electronics recycled
through the facility and program will then be made available to area schools, churches, non-profit groups, and low-income
Can I still receive free blue bags or new gas cans in exchange for old cans when I drop off my hazardous wastes
and old electronics?
We will not be exchanging gas cans at the facility or giving away blue bags anymore. If you want more free stuff, you can
also check out the facility's paint exchange room.
What was the site before?
The site was a former animal incinerator operated by the Dept. of Streets & Sanitation. The incinerator ceased operations
around 1998. Subsequently, it was used for the storage of city vehicles, such as sewer vacuum trucks. In 2003, DOE
initiated plans to convert the facility to an HHW facility. Construction began in September 2005. The total building
footprint is approximately 24,000 sf (12,000 sf for electronics recycling and 12,000 sf for HHW).
How much did the building cost and where did the funds come from?
The total cost for the facility construction is $3,800,000. Funding for the project came from the following sources:
IEPA 319 Grant - $306,000
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity - $780,000
Illinois Clean Energy Fund - $10,000
City of Chicago - Remainder of the costs
Most household batteries (not car batteries) can be recycled, including:
Alkaline Batteries, these are the typical disposable batteries, Duracell, Energizer, Ever Ready
Lithium Batteries, these are typically found in cameras
All Button Type Batteries, often found in watches and smaller electronic devices
Wet Cell Batteries (not car batteries)
Chicago Public Libraries and Walgreens Stores
Car batteries should be taken to a nearby auto shop to be recycled. Some local auto shops that accept old car
Pep Boys - 2604 North Elston Avenue - (773) 395-4444
AutoZone - 4448 North Pulaski - (773) 283-6087
AutoZone - 2555 West Touhy Avenue - (773) 764-5277
Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Bulbs
The new energy saving and longer lasting CFL bulbs can also be recycled. They
use up to 66% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than regular incandescent
bulbs. They can be dropped off at:
Marx Ace Hardware Store at 5830 N. Clark Street (773-561-3323)
Any Home Depot store (for locations, see www.HomeDepot.com or call
Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility (HCCRF) at 1150
N. North Branch Street, see page 8
Alderman Smith is working to find other locations in the 48th Ward for returning CFL and tubular fluorescent light bulbs.
Each CFL bulb contains a small amount of mercury that is not enough to harm you. A large accumulation of fluorescent
bulbs dumped into landfills does significantly impact our environment and health so recycling them does matter. If you do
break a fluorescent bulb at home, please take the appropriate precautions that can be found at:
Edgewater’s Recycling Center for Corrugated Cardboard
The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and Special Service Area #26 in conjunction with True Nature Foods located
at 6034 N. Broadway operate a corrugated cardboard recycling center that empties collection bins placed throughout the
In these parking lots:
Broadway Bank, 5960 N. Broadway
Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. Sheridan Rd
St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan Rd
The Breakers at Edgewater Beach, 5333 N. Sheridan Rd
Weinstein Family Funeral Services, 1300 W. Devon Av
In these alleys:
north side of Thorndale, west of the CTA station,
north side of Bryn Mawr, east of the CTA station and
south side of Berwyn, east and west sides of the CTA station
north side of W. Rosedale, west of N. Broadway
There is also a collection bin located off the Norwood alley behind True Nature Foods, 6034 N. Broadway where the
cardboard baling machine is located. The cardboard is picked up from these bins on a regular basis and taken to True
Nature Foods for baling. The bales are then taken to a local recycling center.
The proceeds from the sale of these bales go to pay for the labor associated to the collection, baling and delivery of the
Expired Medicine / Drug Disposal
To help prevent pharmaceuticals from entering the water table,
dispose of expired medications at the Household Chemicals and
Computer Recycling Facility, located at 1150 N. Branch Street.
Medications that are not disposed of properly can easily find their
way into Chicago’s water table. A recent study by the Associated
Press found: ―A vast array of pharmaceuticals -- including
antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones --
have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million
Americans,‖ - Chicago Tribune1.
Donate Glasses to Illinois Lions: World's Largest Eyeglass Collection.
Let a child read and learn.
Help an adult earn a living.
Illinois Lions and the Chicago Fire Department have launched the world’s
largest collection of used eyeglasses to help improve the impaired vision 153
million children and adults in developing nations who have little or no access
to basic eye care.
If you have used prescription or nonprescription glasses or sunglasses in
your drawers, desks, or closets, you can donate them now! Children’s glasses
are especially needed.
48th Ward residents: drop off glasses at LensCrafters located at 1055 W. Bryn Mawr.
Chicago residents or visitors: drop off glasses at any one of the 97 Chicago Fire Houses through the end of
summer (September 21). Dial 311 to find the nearest location.
Outside Chicago: contact your local Lions club for information about where to donate glasses in your
community. Access the Lions Club Locator (http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/content/about_index.shtml#) to find a club
Mailing option: package the glasses and mail them to Lions Clubs International, Attention: Receiving
Department, 300 W. 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Clothing and Household Items
Donate used clothes and household items that are in Change Way - 2117 W. Irving Park – 773-271-7665
good condition to local resale stores and charities. ―The idea of The Change Way Foundation began to
Donate gently used beds, sofas, dinette sets, dressers to emerge when a group of neighbors came together to
help end homelessness, to schedule pick-up, call address issues that plagued their community on the north
Chicago Department of Human Services 312-746-8545. side of Chicago. The lack of educational resources for
children, parents' lack of interest in their children's
Care for Real - 6044 N. Broadway – 773-769-6182 education, poverty, and crime threatened the health and
Care for Real is Edgewater’s food and clothing pantry vitality of our community. Through a series of
and has been serving the community for 35 years. The community meetings we developed a plan that would
pantry is open from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Monday, support families as they worked toward self-sufficiency,
Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Donations of food assist children in gaining a solid education, and provide
and clothing can be dropped off at the above address basic necessities for those in need.‖ Change Way accepts
during the above times, or dropped off in the front many household items, including: bicycles, computers
vestibule anytime from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. and monitors, telephones, televisions, and office
The Brown Elephant Resale Shops sell used clothing Computers for Schools Program -
and household products such as: furniture, electronics, 3053 N Knox, Chicago, IL 60641. 773-545-7575
sports equipment, videos, and books. The proceeds of all ―The Computers for Schools Program welcomes
sales support the Howard Brown Health Center, the contribution of quality computer equipment. To donate
Midwest’s premier GLBT healthcare facility. Drop-off please call, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or
donations at these locations: fax us at 773-454-7502. For large donations please
3651 N. Halsted Street, Chicago include an inventory list. For corporate donations or
5404 N. Clark Street, Chicago large quantities of equipment, other transportation
1459 N. Milwaukee, Chicago arrangements can be made.‖
217 Harrison, Oak Park, IL
Share Your Soles
Salvation Army Share Your Soles, a non-profit in Palos Park, Illinois,
Salvation Army Family and Thrift Stores accept has delivered over ten thousand pairs of shoes to
donations of clothing, furniture, appliances, electronics disadvantaged people around the world, as well as in
and more. The proceeds of sales support the Salvation American Indian reservations and Appalachia in the
Army’s charitable efforts. If you have a large appliance United States. As a part of this program, a number of
or furniture that needs to be picked up, call (888) 5- Chicago and suburban athletic shoe stores accept
PICKUP and the Salvation Army will take it from you. donations including:
Note, however, that the donation must be in good Fleet Feet Sports – 4555 N. Lincoln
condition and the Salvation Army reserves the right to Fleet Feet Sports – 210 W. North Ave.
refuse donations that are in poor condition. Drop-off New Balance - 2369 N. Clark
donations at these locations: Momentum – 2001 N. Clybourn
4315 N. Broadway Ave Running Away – 1753 N. Damen
2151 W. Devon Ave Universal Soles – 3254 N. Lincoln
3301 W. Montrose Ave
2270 N. Clybourn ~There are many other places that accept donations such
3837 W. Fullerton Ave as freecycle.org and craigslist.org
Refrigerators and Large Appliances
Major home appliances are made primarily from steel, a valuable recyclable
commodity. Many of these appliances also contain CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) that
can damage the ozone layer if not properly disposed of.
Ways to Recycle Old Appliances:
1) When replacing an old appliance, choose a retailer that takes back used appliances
when delivering the new ones.
2) If you receive waste disposal service from the Department of Streets and Sanitation,
simply put old appliances in your alley near your waste carts and a Department truck
will pickup the appliances and take them to a recycling facility.
3) Donate used appliances to the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army accepts working
appliances and will even pick them up from you! Simply call (888) 5-PICKUP. Note,
however, that Salvation Army reserves the right to refuse any donation if it is in poor condition.
4) Local scrap dealers usually accept old appliances. For a complete list of dealers compiled by the Chicago Recycling
Coalition, see www.ChicagoRecycling.org.
Recycling Saves ENERGY
Please remember that disposing or recycling your unwanted things doesn’t mean
they disappear entirely. They go somewhere and even though you may not be able
to see them, they still exist and often are a hazard. Instead of throwing away your
unwanted things, recycle them so they can be disposed of properly or reprocessed
into new products. That is why it is SO IMPORTANT TO RECYCLE everything
you can. The graphic below shows how much energy manufacturing from recycled
materials than manufacturing from virgin products saves, it is enormous. Recycle
your old and buy recycled goods; it saves energy and virgin products.
Making a product out of recycled materials save resources over mining and
manufacturing the virgin material - consequently, it also saves energy. That energy
saving translates into fewer greenhouse gases generated to make recycled products.
How Much LESS Energy is Used to Manufacture these Products from
Recycled Vs. Virgin Material*
Aluminum 95% less
Steel 80% less
Plastic 80% less
Paper 64% less
Glass 50% less
*from Co-op America Quarterly, No. 73 Fall 2007, p.p. 11
Yard Waste and Composting
Every year, Chicago residents throw out thousands of tons of leaves, lawn clippings and
other yard waste. Yard waste makes up more than half of the city’s residential trash in the
spring and summer growing season, and again in the autumn when the leaves are falling.
There are two easy ways to recycle yard waste.
1. Dispose of yard waste in brown bags. Put it in a brown bag and leave it with the
rest of your recycling and garbage for pick-up.
2. Compost it in your own back yard. Backyard composting turns yard and
household waste into beneficial nutrients for the soil, and saves money on fertilizers. If the compost is lifted or
moved often then it is odorless. For detailed information on composting, see "DOE’s Composting Tips" attached
as a PDF, below, or visit the Chicago Home Composting Program website at
DOE Composting Tips
Vermicomposting is a composting technique that relies on worms to process kitchen scraps. Vermicomposting is an ideal
method for composting food waste because worms can process food waste quickly in a small area. The worms convert
kitchen scraps into nutrient rich humus that can be used to enrich your home garden or lawn. Not only do you divert waste
from local landfills, you also enrich your soil!
The Shedd Aquarium has a ―how-to-guide‖ to vermicomposting online.
Before deciding to ―junk‖ your car, consider donating it to one of these local or national charities:
1) Goodwill Industries - (http://www.goodwillsew.com/)
2) The Salvation Army - (877) SA3-AUTO or (877) 723-2886 (can have the car picked up)
3) The Society of St. Vincent DePaul - accepts donated cars in working order to re-sell at reasonable prices to
needy clients. Only donate if your car runs and can actually help someone. For information, call (773) 378- 8022.
1) American Lung Association - (http://www.donateyourcar.com/)
2) America’s Car Donations Charity Center - (http://www.donateacar.com/)
3) Easter Seal’s Car Donation Program - (http://www.vehicledonation.com/)
Did you know...?
The used oil from one oil change (approximately 4 quarts of oil),
dumped down a storm drain, can contaminate 1 million gallons of
water—a year’s supply for 50 people.
One pint of oil can produce an oil slick nearly one acre in size.
Dumping used oil onto the ground contaminates underground water
supplies and is nearly impossible to clean up.
About half of all motor oil used in cars in Chicago is replaced by car owners who change the oil themselves. Often these
individuals dispose of the oil by pouring it on the ground or into the sewer, which is illegal. Because used oil does not
readily dissolve in water and is slow to degrade in the environment, improper disposal of used oil pollutes our soil and
water, and can damage local water treatment plants.
The two nearest drop-offs to the 48th Ward are:
Jiffy Lube - 5601 N. Ashland Ave.
Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility - 1150 N. Branch St.
Used motor oil can be re-processed, re-refined and re-used.
If you change your motor oil yourself, please dispose of the used oil by taking it to a nearby facility for recycling.
Used motor oil can be dropped off at any Household Hazardous Waste Collection site.
Many auto-care businesses now accept motor oil for recycling; guaranteeing that people have a safe, legal place to
take used motor oil.
Visit Illinois Earth 911 for a list of businesses accepting used motor oil near you.
If your business generates or handles used oil, there are certain good housekeeping practices you must follow. These
management standards were developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and are common-sense
business practices designed to ensure the safe handling of used oil, maximize recycling and minimize disposal. The
standards apply to all used oil handlers, regardless of the amount of oil they handle.
Improper disposal of used oil costs money...your money! When used oil and other wastes are improperly managed, you
pay in higher consumer prices, taxes for environmental cleanups and increased health care costs . Recycling used motor
oil saves money and protects the environment.
Save Money and Energy:
Carpool, use public transportation, bicycle, walk.
The City began a tire bounty collection program in the spring of 1992 with the goal
of cleaning up abandoned tires throughout the city, offering support to nonprofit
groups, and giving residents a place to dispose of old, used tires.
Here's how the program works:
1. Weeks before the tire bounty day, community and church groups clean up their neighborhoods and surrounding
areas by collecting discarded tires from vacant lots. The Department of Streets and Sanitation advertises tire
collection sites where groups can bring car or truck loads of the tires they have gathered.
2. Volunteers from the Departments of Streets and Sanitation direct traffic and record addresses and other
information on participating groups. After the tires have been counted, the group receives a receipt and in the
following weeks they receive a check from the City. The City pays 50 cents for each tire brought to the collection
day, and also pays to have the tires shredded for reuse.
3. The collections take place semi-annually, usually in the spring and fall of each year. Check back soon for the date
of the next collection.
Save Money and Energy: Use Public Transportation
―Commuting by public transit is one of the most significant actions to reduce household carbon emissions. Riding CTA
reduces energy consumption by 40 percent and carbon emissions by 60 percent compared to driving.‖* Also, the CTA is
increasing its energy efficiency. The CTA is adding diesel-electric hybrid buses and making their stations more energy
―One individual using public transit instead of driving a car saves the environment over 4,800 pounds of carbon dioxide
(CO2) per year.‖*
*According to the CTA’s 2008 Green Report
The Resource Center Working Bikes
email@example.com 1125 S. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612
(773) 821-1351 workingbikes.org
For over 30 years, the Resource Center, a non-profit
environmental education organization, has led the way in Working Bikes is a not-for-profit cooperative that
demonstrating innovative techniques for recycling and diverts bicycles from the waste stream by repairing them
reusing materials. Their recovery work aims to reverse for sale and charity. Funded through the local sale of
waste and to improve the quality of life for urban bicycles repaired, Working Bikes is then able to donate
dwellers through recycling, urban gardening and other bicycles to charity organizations within Chicagoland and
programs that reclaim and reuse resources. Their to ship to the Gulf Coast, Cuba, Guatemala, Ecuador,
northside recycling drop-off facilities are the Uptown and many other places of need.
Recycling Station, 4716 N. Sheridan Road (9 a.m. to 5
p.m. closed Wednesdays, Sundays and holidays), and
North Park Village, 5801 N. Pulaski Road (9 a.m. to 5 Salvage One
p.m. daily). 1840 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago, Il. 60622
Chicago Recycling Coalition Salvage One is an architectural salvage company that
www.ChicagoRecycling.org sells refurbished architectural materials. Construction
waste contributes to a third of the total waste sent to
The Chicago Recycling Coalition champions landfills. By using salvaged materials, you are reducing
environmentally and fiscally sound management of solid waste and excess energy production by throwing away
waste through research, education, and advocacy, the old and buying new. Salvage One accepts and picks
emphasizing waste reduction, reuse, recycling, up donations of salvage materials. Their hours are
composting and buying recycled. Note the link ―Recycle Monday to Friday 12 pm to 7 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5
Your Stuff A-Z.‖ pm, Sun 12 pm to 5 pm, and by appointment.
Illinois Recycling Association
The Illinois Recycling Association's mission is to
encourage the responsible use of resources by promoting
Waste Reduction, Re-Use, and Recycling.