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After you get an online package, are you stuck on what to do with the wrapping and packaging? Cardboard boxes can be recycled, but packaging materials made from plastic film, like plastic bubble mailers and air pillows, cannot be placed in your curbside recycling bin. Instead, the plastic film can be recycled at drop-off sites conveniently located in participating grocery and retail stores (find a location below). Just bring the packaging with you on your next trip.
Why should I recycle my packaging?
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, plastic containers and packaging account for around 5% of municipal solid waste. Of the 14.5 million tons produced in 2017, only 1.9 million tons were recycled. As online shopping continues to grow, our waste will, too, if we fail to remember:
How can I recycle my packaging?
To find an accepting location near you, visit plastcfilmrecycling.org
**Locations are subject to change; we recommend checking before making a special trip to a drop off location.**
Explore each type of Amazon packaging and its proper disposal by clicking the “Recycling your packaging?” tab.
For more information regarding unconventional recycling, check out How2Recycle.
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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