A lot of what we use is, in principle, recyclable, but that doesn't always mean it's simple to do so.
On this page, we present resources that can help you increase the likelihood that what you recycle will make it to a productive future use.
Updated November 2023, this is a material-by-material guide for how & where to handle waste — from everyday plastics and metals to unusual and hard to recycle items. Please submit corrections or additions to our Beyond Waste team.
The Department of Public Works hosts up to date info on waste pickup, composting, and recycling online. If you want an overview of city-provided and partner services, this is the most up to date and accurate information available.
Chicago Environmentalists is a Chicago-based group that compiles great tips about sustainable living. They host an excellent, searchable directory of recycling and reuse opportunities.
This is the presentation given at the outset of the Waste Less Workshop. It contains some background as well as the questions we used to structure our conversations in the workshop. Put in full screen mode if you want to see the animations correctly.
We are looking for people to lead an initiative to bring (and return) reusable bags at Farmer's Markets in Evanston this season. Volunteer to staff a table and drum up support, so we can reduce plastic waste and encourage.