How It Works

Place the following items in the Drop-Off Center. There is no need to separate these items by kind nor do they need to be bagged to go into the Center box.

Glass jars and bottles Aluminum cans, foil and pie tins Tin or Steel cans Cereal boxes, paper towel rolls Cardboard Plastic bottles and containers Junk mail Magazines and catalogs Telephone books Paper bags Office paper and file folders Newspaper and inserts.

Certain items should NOT be placed in the drop-off center.

  • YARD WASTE -- Yard waste is not accepted at the Drop-Off Center.  You should continue to place your yard waste in blue bags or learn how to compost your material at home.
  • NON-RECYCLABLE TRASH -- Non-recyclables should continue to go into your black garbage cart for regular city trash pickup.
  • HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE & ELECTRONICS -- Take all household hazardous waste and old electronics to the city's new permanent facility.
  • The new Household Products and Electronics Collection and Training Center is located at 1150 N. Branch Street, which is two blocks of the Kennedy Expressway at Division Street. 

The facility is open for drop-offs on the following days:

  • Tuesday (7:00am - 12:00pm)
  • Thursday (2:00pm - 7:00pm)
  • The first Saturday of every month (8:00am - 3:00pm)

The following materials are accepted:Computers and related equipment

  • Cell phones
  • Paints, cleaners, solvents and other chemicals

All household and rechargeable batteries can be recycled at all Walgreens and Chicago Public Libraries.