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America Recycles Day, an initiative from Keep America Beautiful, offers a great moment for reflection and change regarding our recycling habits. Here in Cook County, the typical household recycles 1.9 lbs per day with 8.2 lbs of trash going to the landfill. Over a year, that amounts to the weight of a giraffe heading to the dump.
First and foremost, recycle right! Follow these 5 simple tips below to get started:
1. Research what is accepted at your local recycling facility
2. Do not bag your recyclables; keep them free in the recycling bin
3. Keep shredded paper out of your recycling bin. Even though it is paper, the small slivers cannot be easily sorted by large recycling equipment. Look for a local community event instead.
4. It’s great that your community offers special recycling days, like electronics and fluorescent bulb recycling events, but this does not mean the same items can be recycled curbside. Check with your local recycling authority first.
5. Keep your recyclables clean and dry. Food and dirty items can contaminate an entire batch of recycling.
Check out this great video for further assistance on the general specifics regarding recycling.
Still have questions? Explore the EPA’s resources on America Recycles Day.
A Message from the President
I believe that Cook County should be a world-class model of sustainability. We are working not only to boost sustainability practices throughout County government, but also to join forces with local governments, nonprofits and business, to accomplish more than we could separately in making each of Cook County’s communities sustainable. To further this work, I appointed Deborah Stone as the County’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, and as Director of the Department of Environmental Control. I also recognize that Cook County needs to share ideas and collaborate with a diverse group of community leaders and sustainability experts. In March 2012, I appointed the Cook County Sustainability Advisory Council to help lift our vision higher and give us access to best practices. You can meet the Council members and read more about their mission in the “Advisory Council” section of this website. Toni Preckwinkle,Cook County Board President
What is Sustainability?
" Ensuring that there is enough for today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."Deborah StoneChief Sustainability Officer, Cook County Government
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