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Computers ( laptop, notebook, netbook, tablet )
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How to Recycle Your Underwear
We all know that it’s better to reduce what we consume, and avoid the question of how to recycle things altogether; however, we also know that sometimes it’s not practical to do without. In the case of underwear, if “going commando” isn’t for you . . . more
Recycling in Chicago
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to watch three hours of television. That's according to earthshare.org.
Pharmaceutical Disposal Drop Box Program
September 12, 2013 - The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) in partnership with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) announced that its pharmaceutical disposal drop box program is now available at all Chicago police stations to allow citywide accessibility for the proper disposal of expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Since 2008, the drop boxes were located in just five police stations. "Discarding our medication responsibly protects our waterways, our environment and our neighbors," said CDPH Commissioner Bechara Choucair, M.D. "Now that our drop boxes are available citywide, residents can stop throwing their medicine in the trash or down the drain and instead dispose of them in a safe and convenient way."
Available 24-hours a day year-round, Chicago's pharmaceutical disposal program offers residents a convenient and environmentally friendly alternative to flushing medicines into the wastewater stream or placing them in municipal landfills. The main goals of the program are to help avoid unintended use, reduce or prevent recreational pharmaceutical use and to keep contaminants out of Chicago's public waterways.
By using the police facilities as a drop-off location, controlled substances can be deposited safely and destroyed under the observation of sworn law enforcement officials. Ward 39 Alderman Margaret Laurino has been a proponent of the City's pharmaceutical disposal program for two years and played a key role in the program's expansion.
"This is good for Chicago because seniors will be able to properly dispose of unused or unwanted medications," Laurino said. "It's also a great boost for the environment." Pharmaceuticals (non-controlled substances) also can be brought to the city's Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility at 1150 N. North Branch Street.
The Chicago pharmaceutical program is provided as a service for residents only. Business and commercial sector waste will not be accepted at any of the drop-off locations. For more information, visit www.CityofChicago.org/HEALTH .
We have the new recycling map and schedule and FAQs about blue cart recycling.
Electronics Recycling Law Goes into Effect
shows way to future
The Chicago Recycling Coalition has created five issue papers that provide specific and practical measures that the Emmanuel administration could take to improve recycling, promote reuse and reduction, and capture the benefits of a strong recycling sector in every neighborhood in the city.
Click on the subject of each paper, below, to read the document.
For more than twenty years, Chicago's authority on reducing, reusing, recycling and advocating for sound resource management
The Chicago Recycling Coalition is an organization of people just like you – who believe that effective recycling and reuse programs are integral to a healthy environment. For more than two decades, we have provided recycling education and information to Chicago's citizens while advocating sound recycling policies for our city, county, and state.
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Had It with RedPlum? You're Not Alone
by Carter O'Brien, LEED Green Associate
In May of this year, a group of frustrated Logan Square and Avondale residents joined in a class action suit against the Chicago Tribune, alleging that unwanted deliveries of advertising mailers were both encouraging home invasions and were also an environmental nuisance.
Chicago Recycling Coalition board member Carter O'Brien was one of the two dozen plaintiffs, and the case was ultimately settled out of court. The settlement reached included a contribution to the CRC. The Tribune also agreed to dedicate a staff member here in Chicago to handle stop deliveries of all unsolicited Chicago Tribune publications such as Hoy, RedPlum and Shop Local.
The CRC will use the contribution to improve/maintain the CRC's website and social media, including using the website to list the Tribune stop delivery contact information. It currently is Ron Buss, Operations Manager at the Chicago Tribune. Ron will see that requests to stop these deliveries are executed immediately, his contact info is 312-222-2928 and his email is email@example.com .
The advantage of listing this information publicly on the CRC website is that the Tribune is less likely to backslide, and should Mr. Buss be reassigned, the company reorganized, etc., the CRC pledges to keep the pressure on the Tribune to furnish a new contact to perform this service.
Background information/media coverage can be found below. Our thanks to Michael Miner at Chicago Reader and CBS2 Chicago for reporting on this issue, and even the Chicago Tribune, for doing its due diligence in reporting on the lawsuit in its own newspaper.
Chicago residents file suit to stop delivery of free ad papers
Chicago Tribune Sued over Shoppers
Red Plum Forever Whether Tribune Subscribers Like It Or Not
Click here for background on recycling in Chicago.
Emanuel rolls out plan to take blue-cart recycling citywide
(Chicago Sun-Times, February 22, 2013)
Household recycling to expand
(Chicago Tribune, February 20, 2013)
Citywide Expansion of Blue Cart Recycling Begins
(City of Chicago Press Release, February 20, 2013)
Previously . . .
Huge increase in amount of electronics being recycled in 2012 (Pantagraph.com, January 10, 2013)
Governor gives Grayslake girl good news on plastic bag ban
(Chicago Tribune, August 27, 2012)
Blue-cart recycling expands to all city neighborhoods
(Chicago Sun-Times, 4/5/2012
Emanuel: Rest of city will get curbside recycling by end of 2013 (Chicago Tribune, 4/5/2012)
Chicago Mayor Promises Citywide Recycling in 2013, Earth911.com
On July 18, the City of Chicago website proclaimed: Mayor Emanuel Announces Plan to Make Recycling More Cost Effective. The story, which was quickly picked up by local and national media, was about how the mayor was introducing “managed competition” to the administrative debacle that has been recycling in Chicago for more than twenty years. more . . .
City of Chicago announcement
Why Can't Chicago Recycle? (Chicago Reader, 7/22/2010)
City may wash hands of curbside recycling (Chicago Sun-Times, 6/16/2010)
More Ridiculousness on City Recycling(Chicago Reader, 6/15/2010)
Chicago Blue Carts (ChicagoREgen.com, 6/9/2010)
Aldermen discuss expansion of recycling program (Chicago Sun-Times, 6/8/2010)
Aldermen vent on stalled recycling program but don't reach agreement (Chicago Tribune, 6/8/2010)
How far will YOU go to recycle? (redeye, 6/7/2010)
Aldermen push for more blue cart recycling (Chicago Current, 6/7/2010
Chicago launching new effort to get residents to recycle (Chicago Tribune, 6/4/2010)
City to privatize recycling; deliver curb-side service to households
Chicago Sun-Times, 3/31/2011
Environmentalists salute Daley, challenge next mayor to do more, Chicago Tribune
Gary Chico says ads, not fees
Chico: Use regional grids, truck and cart ads to pay for recycling
Chicago Sun-Times, 12/17/2010
Rahm Emanuel says it's all about competition in the world of trash.
Rahm Emanuel talks trash -- in good way
Chicago Sun-Times, 11/9/2010
Daley says privatization. Will he be the one to decide?
To improve recycling, will Chicago turn to privatization?
Christian Science Monitor, 10/23/2010
The mayor talks about privatization. Mike asks if we're sure we want to give away recyclables in a market where their value is likely to increase. Let's talk about this.
Chicago vs. USA: The state of recycling
Chicago redeye, 9/23/10
The Laborers Union suggests a recycling fee. CRC's Mike Nowak asks whether politicians will even consider the proposal in an election year.
Laborers Union proposes $10 recycling fee
Chicago Sun-Times, 9/21/2010