Recycling Drop-off Locations in Chicago
This post will provide Chicagoans who lack recycling options at their residence with a resource for recycling everyday waste. Read below for locations of blue recycling drop off centers and a list of acceptable items.
For non-everyday waste, click here to find locations (anywhere in the U.S.) to recycle Electronics, C.D.’s, Cell Phones, and Household batteries. Or here to recycle Appliances, Stuffed Animals, Books, Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs, Paint, and Shoes.
Thanks for reading, be green (or blue), and don’t let anyone get in your way–let you be you.
Below are locations for 30 blue recycling drop off centers in Chicago, from north to south. They accept most daily waste (papers/magazines, most plastics, bottles/jars, cans, etc.) but see the chart below for a full list. Click the location name to open a google map, or click here to see them all together: Recycling Center Map
Golf Course Lot at Warren Park 2045 W. Pratt Blvd.
Far North Side 6441 N. Ravenswood
17th District Police Station 4649 N. Pulaski
Homer Park 4201 N. California
Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility 1150 N. North Branch
- This place rocks! They accept a lot of stuff you don’t need in your home: Acceptable Items to drop off. 1150 N North Branch Street, just off Division 2 blocks east of the Kennedy Expressway (90/94). Find out more info here.
Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Drive
- This location is a favorite, my trip to the drop-off center usually ends up with a visit to the free Lincoln Park Zoo. Where else can you make good karma, visit live animals, and enjoy this view?
Caldwell Woods Forest Preserve 6358 W. Devon Ave
Chevailier Woods Forest Preserve 5530 N. East River Road
Schiller Woods East Forest Preserve 8700 W. Irving Park Road
Portage Park Neighborhood 4243 N. Neenah
Hermosa Community 4619 W. Homer
Mozart Park 2036 N. Avers
Riis Park 6241 W. Wrightwood
Old 10th District Police Station 1952 W. 23rd St.
Columbus Park 400 S. Golf
North Lawndale 1817 S. Pulaski
Douglas Park 1359 S. Thompson Dr.
Chicago Center for Green Technology 445 N. Sacramento
Near South Recycling Center 1758 S. Clark
City Facility Campus 1424 W. Pershing
Gage Park 2411 W. 55th
Sherman Park 1300 W. Garfield Blvd
Marquette Park 6734 S. Kedzie
Ogden Park 6500 S. Racine
Auburn Gresham 7811 S. Racine
Dan Ryan Woods Forest Preserve 2300 W. 83rd Street
West Pullman 11615 S. Indiana
Washington Park 5560 Russell Dr
Rainbow Park 3111 E. 77th Street
Calumet Park Beach 9807 S. Avenue G
Click here to see all locations on one map: Recycling Center Map
What can you recycle?
#6 Plastics are NOT accepted. This is called polystyrene but you know it as styrofoam. #6 also makes up hard, but brittle plastics such as C.D. cases & plastic spoons/forks/knives.