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Chicago Recycling Tips

Updated on July 30, 2012

The Chicago Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility

This place will accept and recycle many of those things that you're not sure what to do with -- for example, oil-based paint. You can't our it down the drain, or it will wind up in our water supply. You can't throw it away, or it will not only endanger the health of sanitation workers, but it will wind up in a landfill, where it will leach into the ground water and, once again, wind up in our driving water. Part of being a good citizen, part of what makes Chicago great, is taking care of your own messes. The Chicago Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility is there to help!

*Please note that there are a lot of things the facility WILL NOT take. Be sure to check out the list here, and if you have any questions, give them a call at (312) 744-4611.

Chicago Recycling Tips -- Where Is the Recyling Center?

The Chicago Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility is located at 1150 N. North Branch Street. It's a little tricky to find -- it's in a light industrial area that runs along the east bank of the North Branch of the Chicago River. It's south of Division street between Elston and Halsted. Traffic on Division gets pretty slow at the bridge there, so allow plenty of time.

Chicago Recycling Tips -- When Is the Recycling Center Open?

The facility keeps some pretty odd hours, but they do offer a Saturday time on the first Saturday of every month. Here are the only hours the Chicago Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility is open for drop-offs:

  • Tuesdays (7 am – 12 pm)
  • Thursdays (2- 7 pm)
  • The first Saturday of every month (8 am – 3 pm)

Note: if a holiday falls on any of the above days, the facility will not be open.

Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility

Chicago Recycling Tips -- What Can I Recycle?

The Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility will take the following items:

-- fluorescent light bulbs and tubes

-- solvents, like paint strippers and thinner

-- oil based paints

-- all batteries, including car batteries and lead acid batteries

-- household chemicals, bleach, and drain cleaners

-- antifreeze and motor oil

-- herbicides and other toxic substances; insecticides

-- propane tanks

-- pool chemicals

-- mercury thermometer and thermostats

-- small fire extinguishers

Does the Chicago Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility Take Electronic Equipment?

Yes! Here is a list of what they will take:

-- any and all computer-related items, including hard drives, cables, keyboards, zip drives, and monitors

-- all cell phones

-- fax machines, copiers, printers, and scanners

-- any televisions, whether they're working or not

-- DVD and video players

-- MP3 players

-- video game consoles

Chicago Recycling Tips -- What Can I NOT Recycle?

There is a pretty long list of items the Center will not take. It includes some surprises, so make sure to check before you load up the car and head out:

-- alkaline batteries

-- explosives or any other munitions of any kind

-- latex paint (you don't need to take this anywhere special to dispose of it -- it's relatively biodegradable)

-- smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors

-- oil from farm machinery

-- concrete or cement

-- household appliances like microwaves, stoves,washer/dryers, blenders, toasters, and so on

-- medical waste, including "sharps" like needles

-- air conditioners

-- refrigerators/refrigerants (freon and etc)

-- tires

-- controlled substances

-- business-sized copiers

-- vacuum cleaners

-- cameras, calculators, answering machines

-- paper shredders

-- power tools

-- print cartridges

-- telephones

-- print cartridges


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