Empty all containers, no food or liquids allowed.
Place items loosely in the blue recycle cart, without a bag.
How to dispose of just about anything, responsibly.
These items are picked up by the City, free of charge.
Bag yard trimmings in a paper or plastic bag.
Don't include dirt, rocks, or gravel.
Call 311 for pickup
Bag leaves in a paper or plastic bag.
Call 311 for pickup.
The City offers free mulch made from yard clippings.
Remove fridge & freezer doors and call 311 for pickup.
Please donate working appliances.
Call 311 for pickup
These items contain harmful substances. Safe disposal is provided for each.
drop off: Staples, Lowe's,
Alkaline batteries go in the garbage cart.
Best Buy (TVs $25 fee )
Staples (no TVs)
All Chi. Police Stations
Look for the blue bin in the lobby.
Place these items loosely in the recycling cart, without a bag. Please do not place any other items your recycling cart.
(if it's not clean, better to leave it out )
metal pots, pans, and lids
separate the lid from the jar before recycling
only clean, empty boxes
Tear off greasy parts and put them in the trash.
Remove all food, box liners, etc.
all color glass
no corks please!
no plastic sleeves
(aka: Post It® notes)
attach them to a piece of paper to help them make it through the sorting process
flatten them to save room
no greasy cardboard
toss the lid in too, unattached
no plastic liners
Ask your favorite shipping store if they want your packing peanuts. Often they do.
Most forms of styrofoam can be dropped-off for recycling. Learn more.
from the kitchen
from the bathroom
*discard pumps & nozzles (because of the metal)
from the laundry room and cleaning closet
*discard pumps & nozzles because of the metal
Larger than 2" in either
Kitty litter buckets and jugs
(up to 5 gallons in size)
(up to 5 gallons)
Remove and discard metal handles if possible.
This is the stuff that goes into landfills and remains there for generations. Reduce, reuse and/or donate these items whenever possible.
Recycle plastic bags and wrap at local stores including:
Jewel-Osco, Mariano's, Target, Lowes, and Walmart
Do not flush down the toilet
must be completely empty so they don't
explode. Keep the button pushed until no sound comes out.
recycle lids separately
Clean styrofoam (except packaging peanuts) can be dropped off for recycling.
molded PET / clamshells
beach balls, shower curtains, inflatable toys, etc.
note: fluorescent light bulbs cannot be disposed of curbside - see the hazardous section
better yet, donate them to these local organizations
If the spine is removed, the paper can be recycled.
If they're worth donating, please do!
see the hazardous section for rechargeable battery disposal
This crazy little world of waste
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