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CCDES is a member of the Illinois Recycling Contamination Task Force, a group that addresses pressing recycling issues throughout the state. To answer specific recycling questions, the task force has launched the Dirty Dozen Campaign.
Scrap metal recycling has been around since the invention of metal but scrap metal has never been accepted in curbside recycling programs. The process of remaking new metal products from recycled metal is much easier and more efficient than using new, virgin materials. It can save energy, reduce transportation fees and even reduce air pollution, there are limits to where those materials can be processed.
Home repair projects such as fixing a screen, changing pipes for plumbing or replacing metal parts on a vehicle can have scrap metal that to get rid of and should be recycled. But to recycle that you need to find a local scrap yard and drop it off to make sure it is recycled. The machines used for sorting residential recycling are only able to handle aluminum and steel cans from your kitchen. Including other types of scrap metals in[DS(aS1] the curbside recycling bins and carts can cause machines to malfunction or break.
A lot of times, people make the mistake of putting odd items into the curbside collection, this can keep the item from being recycled and also can damage the sorting facility. Just as plastic bags or metal chains wrap themselves around the conveyor belts, the odd metal items can tear through, dent or break the facility equipment.
If you have unwanted metal items, anything from rusty hangers to fencing or gutter spouts, search this map to find the location of scrap metal collection nearest to you.
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
Contact UsCook County Chief Sustainability Officer
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Chicago, IL 60602
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