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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. Toss all your recyclables in together; no sorting or special bags are required. You may use a bag to transport your materials to the drop-off center; however, it will be pulled at the recycling facility as plastic bags are not accepted in the program.
Residential Recycling Drop-Off Centers—blue dumpsters specifically designated for recycling—are located throughout the city. View a list of locations below. You may access them anytime during daylight hours, 7 days a week to drop off the recyclables you collect in your home.
The Department of Streets & Sanitation services the drop-off centers. When they are full, they are picked up and delivered to a City-approved recycling center where your recyclables are sorted and shipped out to manufacturers for reuse or reconstitution. An empty container ready for use is left in its place.
The drop-off centers are picked up on a regular schedule. If your drop-off center is full or overflowing, please call the Blue Cart Recycling Hotline at 312.744.5702 to report it. Please provide the location of the center and the date you saw it full.
Recycling Drop-off Centers have been available since late 2007.