It’s fall in Chicago! On top of getting involved in all the fall festivities, it is also important to get involved in recycling. Below are several ways you can personally get involved or contribute to Chicago’s recycling efforts this fall:

1. The Recycling Partnership

This national non-profit has the goal of collecting more and better quality recyclables. In Chicago, the Partnership has provided the city with some needed resources, including recycling info cards that highlight what is recyclable, and the costliest items that are not recyclable.

To get real information about what is being placed in Chicago’s recycling bins, the Recycling Partnership took random samplings of carts to see what recyclables were going in the garbage and vice versa. Investigating these details gave the Partnership a baseline understanding of what’s happening, which allows them to modify their educational materials to meet the needs of the City of Chicago.

The Partnership also raised awareness for recycling with their “It’s All You” campaign, inspired by everyday moments that include recycling, the campaign reminds the residents of Chicago about the good they can do.

Click here to learn more or get involved with the Recycling Partnership. 

2. No carve, no waste, pumpkin decorating.

It is estimated that 40% of the food grown in the United States is wasted. This equates to $165 billion dollars’ worth of food that ends up in landfills every year.

Click here for no-carve, stylish, and simple to make pumpkin decorations. They will preserve the flesh of the pumpkin so they can go from decoration to dessert with no waste.  

3. Chicago’s Yard Waste Program

Nationally, yard waste accounts for about 15-30% of all landfill space. Chicago’s Yard Waste Program diverts waste by harvesting the nutrients found in leaves and grass. This is a simple and effective means of conserving landfill space, reducing pollution, and creating healthy soil.

To take part, collect your leaves and grass in a paper or plastic bag and call 3-1-1 to order free collection. Yard Waste service is available all year round, free of charge.

Click here to learn more.

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