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Off - Campus Recycling Resources

City of Evanston

outdoor recycling binsThe City of Evanston collects recycling for single-family homes and multi-family properties with 4-units or less. The City provides the recycling containers for these properties and collects the materials. Residents of these types of properties can call 311 to report a missed pick-up or replacement containers.

Groot Industries is the City’s contracted hauler for multi-family units larger than 4-units, including large apartment buildings, and all businesses in Evanston. Each building works with Groot to establish the type of service that meet their needs, including the number of containers for garbage and recycling and the frequency of the pick-up. As part of the contract with the City and Groot, each property receives one 95-gallon recycling cart free of charge and then the landlord/owner is able to get additional recycling services at their discretion. Not all properties have the same level of service for recycling, so students should inquire about recycling accessibility prior to signing a lease and understand where the bins are located and how frequently they are collected. The City can provide recycling guides or signs to support recycling efforts at any residential property in Evanston and can request these materials by contacting 311.

Evanston also offers residents options for recycling batteries, fluorescent lamps, medications, and more.

City of Chicago

The City of Chicago collects recycling for single-family homes and multi-family properties with 3-units or less in most wards across the City. Residents of these types of properties can call 311 to report a missed pick-up or obtain recycling carts. If your building does not have City service, refer to the link above for a list of recycling drop-off centers.

Chicago also offers residents options for recycling electronic waste, batteries, fluorescent lamps, and more.

Additional Resources

  • Resource Center Chicago is Chicago’s largest non-profit recycler, operating drop-off sites and providing private collection services throughout the city.
  • Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) offers recycling tips and helpful information on how to reuse & recycle items, from batteries to furniture and everything in between.
  • Each Home Depot store accepts fluorescent lamps for proper disposal.
  • The Northwestern e-waste recycling program is available to off-campus students, this includes computers, printers, and cell phones.