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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. 



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

 

Pitch in! Lose the bag. 


Find out more.




Cartons Beverage
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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

No plastic bags, please. 

 

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

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

 

plasticfilmrecycling.org

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phone & paperback books

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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

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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.

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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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clear plastic containers 

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plastic
takeout containers

 

no styrofoam

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plastic tubs

 

yogurt, margarine etc.

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plastic jugs

 

lids on

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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) 

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

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Call 3-1-1.

See more city services here. 

BLUE CART GUIDE PDF
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.  

 

 

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rechargeable batteries

 

drop off:  

Best Buy, Staples, Lowes,

HCCRF

 

map & details

 

Alkaline batteries go in the garbage cart.

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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 

Cleaning Solvants
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household chemicals

 

Harsh cleaners, solvents, flammable liquids, pesticides, etc. 

 

drop off:

HCCRF 

 

map & details

no curbside disposal

oil based paint & stain 

 

drop off: 

HCCRF

 

map & details

 

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

 

 

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fluorescent bulbs and tubes

 

drop off:
Home Depot

Lowes

HCCRF


map & details

 


Use caution when disposing of broken fluorescent

light bulbs...

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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

 

pick-up by request

REQUEST

PICKUP

via 311

 

 

 

Call 311  to request these free pickup services.

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bulky items

appliances, furniture


Donate or resell when you can. Here are some local alternatives

 

Or call 311  to request pick-up, free of charge. 

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leaves & yard clippings

 

Bag leaves in a paper or plastic bag and call 311 to request pick-up.

 

The City offers free mulch made from yard clippings. 

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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. 

 

 

 

 

plastic bags
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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

disposable cups animation
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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.

 

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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

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