Chicago is taking the mystery out of recycling and trash pickups


An easy to use website divided in four sections provides information with pictures and minimal text on City Services, Blue Cart Basics and Your Questions, Answered as well as a guide as to what and how to recycle and information about the recycling schedule.

Pickup for both recycling and trash is now shown by address. In fact, notification will be sent via email or a calendar alert. Or, the schedule can be printed from the website. 

Some collection schedules will be impacted by the Martin Luther King Holiday on Mon., Jan. 15. 

Christmas Trees
Giving tree nutrients to the soil, while diverting tons of valuable organic material from landfills are primary reasons for responsibly recycling Christmas trees.  

In 2017, there were 21,000 trees recycled, up from 19,653 in 2016. According to the City, "Those efforts diverted an estimated 700,000 pounds from landfills and gave our soil some love instead." 

Chicago Parks are helping in those efforts with the Tree Recycling Program through January 20. 

Only live/natural trees without flocking are accepted (no garland or wreaths). Because the trees are mulched, all tinsel, ornaments, lights, and stands must be removed. Plastic bags used for transport should also be removed before putting trees in the stalls.  

Two local parks accepting trees are Walsh Park, 1722 N. Ashland, and Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1369 N. Sacramento Ave. 

Mulch is available to Chicago residents, free of charge, at six park locations. Those parks are

Lincoln Park, Margate Park, Mt. Greenwood Park, North Park Village, Warren Park, and the Forestry Site.  The mulch will also be used in local parks to protect and nourish plants and soil. 

All year long
The City of Chicago offers free mulch year-round at five locations on a first come, first serve basis. 

Mulch seekers need to provide their own containers and shovel at these locations that are open from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• 4101 North Oak Park Avenue (Chicago Read Center)
• Grand and Rockwell  (South of Grand Avenue, behind of the salt pile, along the south fence)
• 52nd and Oakley (near the Salt Dome)
• 2342 South Ashland Avenue (North West corner of property)
• 900 East 103rd Street (North East corner of property)



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