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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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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’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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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today introduced an ordinance that would give Cook County significant new tools and information to increase recycling, prosecute fly-dumping and reduce thefts of metal and other valuable materials from public and private property.

Overall, the proposed ordinance contains provisions designed to protect public health and […]

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