Q. How does the Blue Cart program work?
A. Recyclables are collected every two weeks. Regular trash will still be picked up once a week as well as yard waste.
Q. Do I have to pay for the blue recycling cart?
Q. What can I recycle?
A. Residents can recycle containers and paper materials, including paper, cardboard, plastics, and aluminum in their blue recycling cart. For a full list of acceptable and unacceptable materials, visit www.bluecartschicago.org.
Q. Should I separate my recyclables into plastic or paper bags before I place them in my blue cart?
A. No. All recyclables should be cleaned and placed directly into the blue cart. Once the recyclables are collected, the machines at the recycling plant will sort and separate the products. If the recyclables are in a bag, it will stall some of the processing and this way you can recycle your bag instead of generating more waste!
Q. Will my yard waste still be collected?
A. Yard waste will be picked up separately once a week during the months of April through November. All yard waste should be collected separately, placed in a tightly sealed bag, and set out next to your blue recycling cart. Yard waste includes grass clippings, leaves, and branches.
Q. Will I be included in the program?
A. To participate in the Blue Cart program you must be a 1st Ward resident and live in a single-family home or a building of up to 4 units. Residents living in buildings of more than four units will not be able to participate in the program because the City of Chicago does not pick up garbage from those residences. Building managements and waste haulers are required by City ordinance to provide a recycling system to all residents.
Q. What are my options if I do not qualify to participate in the Blue Cart program but I would still like to recycle?
A. The Blue Bag recycling program is still active and encouraged for all residents to recycle materials. The City of Chicago also recently announced the addition of 15 Drop-Off Centers where you can bring paper, plastics, and glass for recycling. The Centers accept the same range of materials as the Blue Cart program.
Drop-Off Center Locations
*Closest location for most 1st Ward residents.
||1424 W. 39th Street|
||1800 S. Clark |
|Calumet Park Beach
||9801 S. Avenue G |
||7811 S. Racine |
|Household Products & Electronics
Collection & Training Center*
|1150 N. North Branch |
|Chicago Center for Green Technology
||445 N. Sacramento |
||1817 S. Pulaski |
||11515 S. Indiana |
||5825 S. Kostner |
||6734 S. Kedzie |
||6110 W. Fullerton|
||4100 N. Long |
||2732 N. Avers |
3111 E. 77th Street
|Far North Side
||6441 N. Ravenswood|
Q. Where can I recycle household hazardous wastes?
A. Household Products and Electronics Collection and Training Center (HPECTC) accepts common household items such as batteries, electronics, household chemicals, and even old medicines. Please note that the 1st Ward Office also accepts batteries to recycle.
HPECTC, located at 1150 N. North Branch Street, is two blocks east of the Kennedy Expressway at Division Street and open for drop-off on selected days.
Hours of Operation
Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Thursday: 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The first Saturday of every month: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.