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. 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.

Recycling Drop-off Centers Map

Drop-Off Center Address

1. Far North Side 6441 N. Ravenswood 2. Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Drive 3. Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility 1150 N. North Branch 4. Chicago Center for Green Technology 445 N. Sacramento 5. West Loop 1519 W. Warren Blvd. 6. Near South 1758 S. Clark Street 7. Old Attucks Schools 3850 S. State Street 8. Washington Park 5560 Russell Dr. 9. Rainbow Park 3111 E. 77th Street 10. Auburn Gresham 7811 S. Racine 11. Calumet Park Beach 9807 S. Avenue G 12. William W. Powers Recreation Area 12949 S. Avenue

Balancing school, work, fitness, and a long distance relationship

While growing up I’ve learned to balance many things in life. Having a career, I had to balance my favorite activities, and work. As the years went on, I picked up more responsibility at work, found myself in a relationship, and also started school at Harold Washington College. Having so many things committed to can cause a lot of stress at times, especially when you don’t show enough attention to one or the other.

On a daily basis I have to prioritize all of the four, with school being my main priority. Not showing school enough attention can cause bad grades, the possibility of dropping out, and not getting where I want to be in life.

My job is the most least important, out of the four, considering that my school is paid for. I work as a supported living assistant, with an adult with a disability. The job is more for experience, and extra income, while attending school at Harold Washington. My work schedule is planned around my school schedule, but I do work when I‘m scheduled to work. The thought of being fired from a job, or getting a bad recommendation, doesn’t sit well with me, so I have to make it a priority.

Since 2007, I have been deeply into running, and now cycling. I run anything from 1 mile to a 31 mile ultra marathon run. It is my cure after a long day, or before my day starts, to clear my mind. It has been my favorite stress reliever for 8 years now, and it keeps me sane. I’m a lot more calmer, and feel that I can take over the world, when I have started my day with a workout.

I found myself in a long distance relationship, this year, after leaving Honolulu, Hawaii. So far, we’ve been dating for 1 year, and 3 months now. Prior to dating, we were friends for 2 years, and met while in the running community. Being in a relationship with someone that shares a main interest in a hobby that you love dearly, always opens up conversations. Being in a long distance relationship, you always have to have a good level of trust, and communication with your partner. If not, then it just makes things more confusing, and adds more stress in your life. It can turn a good day, into a bad day before it even starts.

Having so many things committed to will overall make me a better person, and able to plan better. Every responsibility is a priority, and plays a major part in who I’am, and where I want to be in life. Every day, they all have to balance, or it will only make things more complicated in my life.