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HOW TO SET UP A WATER ACCOUNT
If you purchased the property for the business location:
If you are renting property:
If your business is located in a newly constructed building:
Annual Plastic Bag Recycling Reporting Information
Establishments are required to submit an annual report by the end of March of the following year. The deadline for the 2013 reporting year is Feb. 28, 2014.
All commercial establishments are required to have recycling programs under the Chicago High Density Residential and Commercial Source Reduction and Recycling Ordinance.
Commercial/retail recycling program are required by ordinance to include:
1. Source separation of at least three recyclable materials (such as newspaper, glass and plastic).
This means that recyclable materials are separated from other solid waste before the point of collection and kept separated until they can be recycled. In special cases, a waste service can collect only two materials if the commercial establishment also implements two waste reduction measures, such as using energy saving light bulbs and reusing supplies.
Approved recyclables include:
2. A written plan detailing the program and made available to all current and prospective office establishments affected by the plan. At a minimum, the plan should include:
3. An educational program that informs all new employees, and at least annually all affected employees, how to participate in the building’s recycling program and why it’s important to recycle. The program should include:
Source reduction measures:
Commercial establishments may not use a “post-collection” system, which is any process that separates recyclables from waste after being collected, as the sole method of recycling unless a written waiver is received from the Department of Streets and Sanitation. In order to obtain this waiver for a “post-collection” system, you must be able to show that implementing source separation recycling would cause undue economic, safety or space hardship and provide to the City results of an analytical waste audit.
The basic requirement for commercial establishments is to recycle three items. However, if a commercial establishment can demonstrate through a waste audit that their waste stream contains fewer than the required materials or that one recyclable item constitutes more than 51% by weight of your its waste stream, if you can recycle only that one item. You must keep the waste audit results with your recycling program for review by the Department of Streets and Sanitation.
Please see this letter from Streets & Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams about the ordinances that are relevant for small businesses.