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BLUE CART

RECYCLING

Place items loose in the recycling cart.

 

These items are taken to a recycling facility where they are sorted by material, then sold to manufacturers to make new products.

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aluminum cans

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steel & tin cans

 

labels okay

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clean aluminum foil

 

(if it's not clean, better to leave it out )

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disposable foil

pie and baking tins

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aerosol cans

 

must be completely empty so they don't

explode during recycling

 

recycle lids separately

Go bagless.

 

NEW: Put recyclables loose in the recycling cart with out a bag. 



Starting Jan. 1st, 2016 bagged recyclables will be sent to the landfill.

 

Pitch in! Lose the bag. 


Find out more.




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cartons

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glass jars

 

recycle lids separately

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glass bottles

 

no corks please!

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junk mail & office paper

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newspaper

 

no plastic sleeves

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phone & paperback books

No plastic bags, please. 

 

Not even the ones with numbers on them. Plastic bags are very costly to recycle when mixed with other recyclables.  

Plastic bags can be efficiently recycled at dozens of local stores: 

 

plasticfilmrecycling.org

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magazines & catalogs

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non-metallic gift wrap

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cardboard egg crates

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sticky notes

(aka: Post It® notes)

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cardboard

(flatten to save room) 

 

no greasy cardboard

Rinse, scrape or wipe residue off of recyclables

Recyclables do not need to be spotless, they just need to be empty.

 

Usually a good swish of water or scrape of the spatula will do. Or wipe out the residue with a used napkin. 

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shoe boxes, gift boxes

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food boxes

 

no plastic liners

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cardboard cores

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paper bags

 

reuse tip:

paper bags make for some fine gift wrapping

No. 6 plastic
(aka: styrofoam) is not accepted in the Blue Cart.

Common #6 items include styrofoam cups, plates, to-go containers, and packing peanuts. 


#6 can be dropped off for recycling here

 


 

 

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plastic bottles from kitchen

 

lids on

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plastic bottles

 from bathroom

  

plastic lids on

 

discard pumps & nozzles (because of the metal)

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plastic bottles 

from laundry room and cleaning closet

 

plastic lids on

 

discard nozzles (because of the metal) 

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plastic tubs

 

yogurt, margarine etc.

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Hinged clear plastic containers 


(aka: clamshells)

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plastic jugs

 

lids on

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plastic
takeout containers

 

no styrofoam

Order a new cart or report a missed collection...  

Call 3-1-1.

See more city services here. 

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Plastic buckets 

(up to 5 gallons)


Remove and discard metal handles if possible. 

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Kitty litter buckets and jugs 


(up to 5 gallons in size) 

BLUE CART GUIDE PDF (Download/Print)
no curbside disposal

NO CURBSIDE

DISPOSAL

These items contain toxins and require special handling. They cannot be disposed of curbside.

 

Hover/click on items for local drop-off locations.  

 

 

no curbside disposal

rechargeable batteries

 

drop off:  

Best Buy, Staples, Lowes,

HCCRF

 

map & details

 

Alkaline batteries go in the garbage cart.

no curbside disposal

electronics/e-waste

 

drop off:

Best Buy

Staples

HCCRF

 

map & details

no curbside disposal

pharmaceuticals

 

24/7 drop-off:

All Chi. Police Stations

 

Look for the blue bin in the lobby. 

 

map & details 

no curbside disposal

oil based paint & stain 

 

drop off: 

HCCRF

 

map & details

 

note: dry latex/water based paints go in the trash

 

 

no curbside disposal

fluorescent bulbs and tubes

 

drop off:
Home Depot

Lowes

HCCRF


map & details

 


Use caution when disposing of broken fluorescent

light bulbs...

Here's how to do it safely:

 

epa.gov

no curbside disposal

motor oil

 

drop-off: 

Jiffy Lube

Oil Express

O'Reilly Auto 

HCCRF

 

map & details

 

no curbside disposal

household chemicals

 

Cleaners, solvents, oils, chemicals, pesticides, etc. 

 

drop off:

HCCRF 

 

map & details

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GARBAGE 

CART

 

 

This is the stuff that goes into landfills and remains there for generations.

 

Reduce, reuse and/or donate these items whenever possible. 

 

 

 

 

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plastic bags

 

plastic bags can be recycled at most local grocery stores

 

plasticfilmrecycling.org

 

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plastic wrap & film

 

plastic wrap & film can be recycled at most local grocery stores

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bubble wrap

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polystyrene 

aka: styrofoam


takeout containers, cups, plates, coolers, packing inserts etc.


drop-off recycling location

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potato chip bags

 

(no bags please!)

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drink pouches

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napkins, paper towels, tissues

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disposable cups

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Any glass except bottles and jars

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disposable utensils, even the biodegradable ones

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Shredded paper

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clothes, rags, textiles, shoes

 

better yet, donate them

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all diapers

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vinyl

 

beach balls, shower curtains, inflatable toys, etc.

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wet, oily or food crusted paper & cardboard

 

TIP: tear off the greasy parts and recycle the rest

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all food

Love a beautiful garden?

 

Transform yard & food waste into nutrient-rich compost.

 

Using compost in your yard saves water and reduces or eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers.

 

Here's helpful information to get you started.

 

 

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animal droppings

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pet food bags

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VHS & cassette tapes

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incandescent light bulbs

 

note: fluorescent light bulbs cannot be disposed of curbside.

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hardback books

 

better yet, donate them. 

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large plastics items, like

laundry baskets and crates.

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metal cookie tins, pots and pans, cookie sheets, etc. 

 

If they're worth donating, please do!

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plastic toys

 

better yet: donate them

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garden hoses

 

reuse ideas

pick-up by request

REQUEST

PICKUP

via 311

 

 

 

Call 311  to request these free pickup services.

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bulky items

appliances, furniture

 

Call 311 or use the 311 App to request pick-up. 

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leaves & yard clippings

 

Call 311 or use the 311 app to request pick-up.

 

Yard waste will be transferred to facilities for composting or mulching.


How to get free mulch. 

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