Knowing what Chicagoland recycling resources are available can help you unclutter responsibly. Those knowledgeable of how and what to recycle are significantly more likely to recycle than those with less confidence.
Think of the important role you play when you recycle your stuff. Recycling adds more space and less clutter in your house and local landfills. You reduce waste and the cost associated with that waste both financially and environmentally. You support the companies and employees in the business of recycling.
Those who make new products with recycled materials are conserving natural resources and using less energy. Recycling items made of metal, oil, or wood reduces the need for new mining, drilling, or timber production. Less energy is used to make products from recycled aluminum (yes, cans) than those from original, non-renewable materials. Less energy used means less water and air pollution.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Here are a few links to Chicagoland recycling resources:
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 Recycling Coalition Chicago's authority on reducing, reusing, recycling and advocating for sound resource management. Find out what you can recycle and where.
For old electronics check out what items Best Buy recycles. In the bins just inside the door of every store, you can drop off old cell phones, rechargeable batteries, and printer cartridges at no cost. Staples stores recycle printer cartridges at no cost.
Don’t forget non-profits such as Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army. They are good sources for accepting worn out clothing and textiles. They send them to textile recyclers that specialize in recycling fabric. Enter your zip code on the website to find local telephone numbers and addresses for drop off centers.
Unclutter your home and business by recycling. If you need assistance in getting started Clutter Coach Company can help.