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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 […]Click here for more →
On September 22, 2020 By Sarah Edwards
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 […]Click here for more →
On June 17, 2020 By Sarah Edwards
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 […]Click here for more →
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. […]Click here for more →
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 […]Click here for more →
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 […]Click here for more →
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 […]Click here for more →
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 →
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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