Posts by: Sarah Edwards

It’s October and there are pumpkins everywhere! Many households like to use pumpkins for a colorful decoration this time of year and if you celebrate Halloween you probably carve your pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns. But what do you do with your Halloween pumpkins when November arrives? If you usually just throw it in the trash there […]

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Residents across northern Illinois are eligible for significant rebates on smart thermostats that can cut in half the cost of the device. Smart thermostats are devices that connect to Wi-Fi and allow remote control of heating and air conditioning settings in homes through smart phones, tablets and computers.  They can help increase comfort, convenience and control […]

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Missed our Earth Month 2020 on Twitter? We have compiled all of those resources here, in one convenient location.

For our Earth Month, DES focused on providing resources and actions that assisted in reducing emissions from waste, energy, and transportation that could be done from home.

Make an Impact from Home:

Resources […]

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After exceeding last year’s goals with more than 120 properties committed to installing solar, the Solarize Chicagoland program kicks off this week for residents in Cook County.

For the second year in a row, Cook County is co-sponsoring Solarize Chicagoland, a program aimed at making solar more affordable and easier to attain for […]

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Join Cook County’s Department of Environment and Sustainability and Citizens Utility Board for a webinar about how to save money and energy at home. This webinar is being co-sponsored by Cook County Commissioners Alma E. Anaya, Luis Arroyo Jr., John P. Daley, Bridget Degnen, Brandon Johnson, Donna Miller, Kevin Morrison, and Larry Suffredin. […]

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Today Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle released the Cook County 2019 Annual Sustainability Report. The report showcases the work the County has done in its pledge to create a more sustainable and environmentally safer community.

Report highlights include Cook County’s reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from buildings, transportation, waste […]

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In the event that waste haulers limit extra services like collecting bulk items, delaying landscape collection and combining recycling and waste in your community, Cook County Department of Environment and Sustainability provides the following guidelines and alternatives. Remember: For specifics on your program, please check directly with your municipality or hauler.

1.If there is […]

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Although flattening containers, like cartons, plastic bottles, and cans, may save room in your recycling bin, please don’t do it. Crushing these items leads to issues in single stream recycling systems. However, you should flatten cardboard & corrugated boxes (see benefits of flattening boxes below).

Single Stream Recycling

If you put all your recyclables into […]

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Diapers and Needles, Oh My!

On February 13, 2020 By

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. Each month, a different recycling issue will be addressed. This month, we are exploring biohazardous materials.


There is a lot of […]

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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 […]

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