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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. Each month, a different recycling issue will be addressed. This month, we are exploring biohazardous materials.
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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 […]Click here for more →
If it’s made from paperboard, it must be recyclable, right? Not always! Frozen food boxes pose a challenge to the recycling process. Paperboard boxes that were designed for freezer foods, such as frozen pizza and entrées, are impregnated with a plastic polymer to protect against freezer burn. The plastic prevents the box from […]Click here for more →
Have a busted strand of lights? Cat attack the tree again? Before you send the strand to the landfill, consider visiting a recycling drop off location. The copper, metal, and plastic from the lights will be separated and recycled in these specialized processes. Due to the specific process needed, be sure to keep holiday […]Click here for more →
CCDES is a member of the Illinois Recycling Contamination Task Force, a group convened to handle the 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. For November, we explore the plastic bag dilemma.
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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 […]Click here for more →
Broadview residents: want to save money on your utility bills? Join Cook County’s Department of Environment and Sustainability, Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and Elevate Energy to learn about ways to save money and energy with your smart meter, home weatherization and energy efficiency programs. Experts will discuss rebated and free in-home devices and appliances. You could […]Click here for more →
On October 25, 2019 By Sarah Edwards
As residents of Cook County, we call one of the top pumpkin producing states home. Many of these pumpkins are carved and discarded once fall festivities cease. Help reduce the associated food waste in landfills by participating in a pumpkin composting event near you. To maintain healthy compost, please remove candles/wax/stickers before composting.
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On September 19, 2019 By Sarah Edwards
As part of National Drive Electric Week, we are featuring a Cook County employee who is an electric vehicle enthusiast (and recent convert) who is doing his part to be more sustainable. Ekong Udoh, a Telecom Analyst IV for the Bureau of Technology, purchased a Tesla 10 months ago […]Click here for more →
While it may not feel quite like summer yet, plan ahead and know what you can do to keep your home comfortable and cool, while also saving yourself money and energy.
Set your thermostat to higher temperature while you are away from your home. Use a programmable thermostat to set back the temperature […]Click here for more →
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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