Blue Cart Recycling

Use your blue recycling cart to deposit recyclable materials including paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, tin, and aluminum. Material placed in the blue cart can be loose and no sorting is needed. While you do not have to rinse containers before they are put in your blue cart, you could do so to avoid smells if you store your recycling in your home.

The Department will empty your blue cart of Streets and Sanitation on an every-other-week schedule. If you have curbside garbage service, your blue cart will be emptied the same day as your garbage. If you have an alley garbage service, your blue cart will be emptied during the week of collection.

Blue Cart Recycling 2024 Pick-up Schedules are below.

If specific day-of-service information is needed, please visit

Recycle By City

Visit the City’s recycling web page:

Visit the City’s Residential recycling web page:

Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility Overview

How to Dispose of Latex Paint

How to Dispose of Medication

Pharmaceuticals Drop-off Locations

Safe Needle Disposal

Safe Pharmacy Drug Disposal

Where can I recycle styrofoam in Chicago?