Organizer's Guide to
Chicago Recycling Resources
We recommend Chicago recycling resources whenever possible. Whether items are good for re-use or not, we can help you find a more sustainable solution. Here's a list to start with.
Also, check out this great video about recycling:
The Story of Stuff Project A nonprofit that creates short, easily sharable online movies that explore our relationship with stuff.
Chicago Recycling Resources
Earth 911 Empowers the Earth's citizenry with community-specific “actionable” environmental information. Find recycling centers for specific items near you.
Freecycle Network™ Keep good stuff out of landfills. Connect with people who want what you have or are giving away what you want.
GreenDimes Reduce junk mail delivery to your house by up to 90%.
The Resource Center Innovative techniques for recycling and reusing materials.
School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE) Inspiring people through education to preserve and care for the earth's natural resources. Recycles books and school supplies.
Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) Find the Eco-friendly Marketplace Buying guide, recycling locations in the Chicago area, and the Green Pages Reuse and Recycling Directory (outlets for items no longer wanted).
Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) How to dispose of ANYTHING in Lake County, Illinois.
Chicago Electronics Recycling or Re-use
Electronics, Batteries & Printer Ink Cartridges
Best Buy Free recycling drop-off kiosks – just inside the door of every U.S. Best Buy store. These are available for consumers to drop off old electronics, cell phones, rechargeable batteries, and ink-jet cartridges at no cost.
Call2Recycle Recycle your used portable rechargeable batteries and old cell phones. Provides drop off locations by zip code.
MRK Group offers free recycling of electronics on the last Friday of the month in Elgin. Call 847-468-1700.
Staples Earn Staples Rewards® for dropping off ink and toner cartridges for recycling. Newer, working technology trade-ins make you eligible for an eGift card. Old technology and rechargeable batteries are accepted and recycled at no cost. Limit of xix items per customer, per day.
Clothing & Textile Recycling
Non-profits such as Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army are good sources for accepting gently worn clothing as well as worn out clothing and textiles. When donations are too threadbare to re-sell they send them to textile recyclers that specialize in recycling fabric. Unusable garments, such as torn cotton t-shirts and worn out jeans, are recycled or shredded into fibers to make usable products. Enter your zip code on the website and find local telephone numbers and addresses.
Plastic Bag Recycling
Reuseit.org An online sustainable shopping site. Check out the bags and totes. Better bags for a better planet.
PlasticBagRecycling.org The online resource for plastic bag and film recycling. Provides names of retailers that offer plastic bag drop off bins for recycling.
Do you know a great recycling resource that we missed? Let us know!