What you can and cannot recycle in Chicago

Recycling is the process of reusing old, worn-out, and discarded materials to produce new, unique, and very different items that can be useful in various ways. That way from waste disposal material, they become something useful and new. However, there are a lot of things you can recycle and others you cannot recycle due to their unique features and peculiarities.

Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States of America. It is located in the state of Illinois and the most populous city in the mid-western states, with an average of 2.7 million residents. Here is a list of materials and items that you can and cannot recycle in Chicago.

The lists of what you can recycle in Chicago are

  1. Aerosol cans - must be empty

  2. Aluminum - cans, clean tin foil, pie tins.

  3. Books (paperback)

  4. Brown paper bags

  5. Cardboard

  6. Envelopes (including plastic windows)

  7. Food containers

  8. Glass bottles and jars

  9. Junk mail

  10. Magazines and catalogs

  11. Newspapers

  12. Notebooks

  13. Office paper

  14. Paper towel rolls

  15. Plastics # 1 – 5, 7

  16. Plastic bottle caps

  17. Paper shopping bags

  18. Empty spray paint

  19. Steel cans

  20. Toilet paper rolls

  21. Wrapping paper



The lists of what you cannot recycle in Chicago are

  1. Household appliances – working appliances only

  2. Baby plastic or glass bottles

  3. Alkaline and rechargeable batteries – alkaline batteries should be discarded in a regular refuse.

  4. Lead acid batteries

  5. Hard cover books

  6. Bicycles

  7. Bras

  8. Bubble wrap

  9. Building materials

  10. Candy wrappers

  11. Car batteries

  12. Carpet (nylon)

  13. CDs

  14. Cell phones

  15. Chip bags

  16. Christmas /string lights

  17. Cleaning products (bleach, drain cleaner, and other harsh cleaners)

  18. Clothing

  19. Compact Florescent Lightbulbs (CFLs)

  20. Computer

  21. Construction debris

  22. Corks

  23. Crayons (broken)

  24. Diapers (cloth and disposable)

  25. Denim

  26. Drink pouches

  27. DVDs

  28. Tyvek and FedEx envelopes

  29. Feminine hygiene products

  30. Freezers

  31. Furniture

  32. Gift cards, hotel keys

  33. Glasses (drink ware and dish ware)

  34. Grasses

  35. Hangers

  36. Ink cartridges

  37. iPods

  38. Keys

  39. Kitty litter

  40. Linens

  41. Make-up containers

  42. Mattress and box spring

  43. Medicine (prescription a nd over the counter)

  44. Motor oil

  45. MP3 players

  46. Newspaper sleeves

  47. Oil based paint

  48. Latex paint

  49. Pencils and pens

  50. Pesticides

  51. Phones (including cordless)

  52. Photographs

  53. Plastic # 6 or unnumbered

  54. Plastic bags (for residents)

  55. Plastic bags for businesses

  56. Plastic storage bags and plastic wraps

  57. Pots and pans

  58. Qtips

  59. Razors

  60. Refrigerators

  61. Reusable bags

  62. Rugs

  63. Sanitary products

  64. Shoes

  65. Plastic shopping bags

  66. Metal silver ware

  67. Plastic silver ware

  68. Snack bag liners

  69. Spray paint (not empty)

  70. Styrofoam (#6 foam)

  71. Televisions (working or broken; LCD, Plasma, and CRT)

  72. Tennis balls

  73. Text books

  74. Household Textiles

  75. Tires

  76. Toothbrush

  77. Toys

  78. Umbrellas

  79. Video tapes

  80. Vehicles

  81. Reusable Water bottles

  82. Wipes and sponges

  83. Zippered bags

  84. Zippers

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