Recycle by City






Everything you need to know about residential recycling in the City of Chicago can be found at Recycle by City, the Department of Streets and Sanitation's (DSS) partner in recycling education. The City's Blue Cart program provides bi-weekly recycling services to single-family homes and multi-unit buildings with four or fewer units. By committing to daily recycling, you can reduce the need for landfills, lower disposal costs, reduce pollution and conserve natural resources, such as timber, water and minerals. 

Recently, DSS supported the release of the 2021 City of Chicago Waste Strategy, a comprehensive waste and materials management plan that overhauls the City’s waste system with the goal of decreasing waste disposal and associated negative environmental impacts; reducing costs and increasing efficiency; maximizing economic investment and workforce development opportunities; and addressing social and environmental justice inequities.    


Residential Recycling (single-family homes and multi-unit buildings with four or fewer units)

Residential Recycling (multi-unit buildings with five or more units are required to have a separate recycling service)

Commercial Business Requirements & Recycling 


Recycling Block Captain

Become part of a volunteer grassroots network and support the Blue Cart Recycling Program.

Residential Electronics & Household Chemicals Recycling Overview

Dispose of your household chemicals responsibly and recycle your old electronics by dropping them off at the City’s permanent facility at 1150 N. North Branch Street (two blocks east of the Kennedy Expressway at Division Street).

Residential Recycling Drop Off Center

Use the City’s Residential Recycling Drop-off Centers to recycle the same full range of materials accepted in the Blue Cart Recycling Program, including paper, plastics, glass and cardboard.