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Operation of a recycling facility in Chicago requires a permit from the Department of Public Health. Permits for recycling facilities are categorized into five classes:
Class I Recycling Facilities – May collect, manually separate, and temporarily store Type A and Type B recyclable materials only. (Type A material includes scrap metal, glass, paper, rubber, textiles, and plastic. Type B material includes organic material such as landscape waste.)
Class II Recycling Facilities – May perform the same activities as Class I facilities, and may also perform processing.
Class III Recycling Facilities – May perform the same activities as Class I and Class II facilities, and may also engage in composting.
Class IV Recycling Facilities – May collect and temporarily store Type A and Type C recyclable materials only. (Type A material includes scrap metal, glass, paper, rubber, textiles, and plastic. Type C material includes motor vehicles and vehicle parts.)
Class V Recycling Facilities – May collect, manually sort, and temporarily store Type D recyclable material only. (Type D material includes non-hazardous construction and demolition debris.)
For more information, please see the Recycling Facility Ordinance, in Chapter 11-4, Article XX of the Chicago Municipal Code, and the Rules and Regulations for Recycling Facilities.
To apply for a permit for a recycling facility:
Recycling Facility Permit Application
Chicago Department of Public Health
Environmental Permitting & Inspections
333 South State Street, Room 200
Chicago IL 60604
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