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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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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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America Recycles Day

On November 8, 2019 By

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 […]

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Cook County and the Forest Preserves of Cook County are stepping up the fight against climate change.

Resolutions (Cook County Board and Forest Preserves of Cook County) introduced this week set the ambitious goal of making all County government buildings and other operations carbon neutral by […]

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Now more than ever, local government has a crucial role in sustainability and promoting green practices.  The annual sustainability report highlights the County’s sustainability work in both our own operations and in the communities we work with every day.

At Cook County we are working to make sure that:

Local action is effective. […]

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Recycling Guidelines

On November 14, 2018 By

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As you prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday and all of the food preparation and entertaining that comes with it, we have compiled a few tips to help save you money and energy while you prepare your turkey dinner. Approximately 15 percent of energy used in the average American home is used in the kitchen—most of […]

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The Cook County Bureau of Asset Management and Department of Environment and Sustainability invite you to join us at the Cook County Green Fair! The fair is on Saturday, September 22, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the County Courthouse parking lot in Bridgeview (10220 S 76th Ave.). Activities include […]

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As we are in the midst of the hot summer season, make sure that you are doing all you can 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 […]

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An update to the Suburban Cook County Solid Waste Management Plan was introduced to the Cook County board on June 6.  The Solid Waste Management Plan Update 2018 is available for review and comments may be submitted to by July 11 .

The plan will help set priorities to […]

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