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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 […]

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Holiday Lights Recycling

On November 22, 2019 By

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 […]

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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.

Plastic […]

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Recycling Guidelines

On November 14, 2018 By

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Cook County is doing its part to help stem climate change.

The county is exceeding its target for reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from its buildings, the County’s 2015 Sustainability Report shows.

The County’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions have decreased by 11 percent since they were measured in 2010, an achievement that surpasses its target of […]

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Cook County’s award-winning Demolition Debris Diversion Ordinance was discussed by a group of architects, interior designers and reuse specialists on November 11.  Hosted by DIRTT Environmental Solutions, the panel featured Cook County’s Sustainability Officer Deborah Stone; DIRTT’s Calgary-based sustainability leader Andrée Iffrig;  Andrew Balster, an architect and executive director of nonprofit ARCHEWORKS, a Chicago-based, multidisciplinary, […]

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Register for the USEPA Region V’s webinar: Development and Implementation of Cook County’s Demolition Debris Diversion Ordinance,  on March 5, 2015 12:45 PM CST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4558174251192515841

Cook County’s Demolition Debris Diversion Ordinance has allowed the County to recycle or reuse 90% of building materials from demolitions and renovations, keeping them out of landfills, reclaiming valuable […]

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On January 1, 2012 it became illegal to dispose of electronic products in your regular trash. Fortunately there are several outlets in Cook County to drop off unwanted electronic products. This video provides additional information on Illinois’ electronics landfill ban as well as resources to help you find a location to drop off those old […]

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Crabtree Nature Center
3 Stover Road
Barrington, IL 60010
Saturday, June 23rd
10AM to 2PM

 

Who can come to the event? Is there a fee?

Any residents of Illinois can drop off their E-waste at no charge.

 

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What are the details about the event?

Sand Ridge Nature Center

15891 Paxton Ave.

South Holland, IL 60473

Saturday, June 9th

10AM to 2PM

 

Who can come to the event? Is there a fee?

Any residents of Illinois can drop off their E-waste at no charge.

 

What can I expect at the […]

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