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Sanitation and Waste Reduction (Garbage, Street Sweeping, Recycling, and Zero Waste)

The Bureau of Sanitation implements waste management programs for business and residents. Specific activities include:

  • Collecting residential garbage;
  • Operating the City’s Blue Cart Recycling Program;
  • Providing technical assistance and support for the City’s recycling initiatives;
  • Providing assistance for the development of city-wide waste reduction and management programs and policies; and
  • Coordinating street sweeping efforts for city main streets and side streets.


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Most Recent News (Sanitation and Waste Reduction (Garbage, Street Sweeping, Recycling, and Zero Waste))

Mar 20, 2015 Mayor Emanuel Starts Street Sweeping Early To Clean Up Chicago's Neighborhoods From Winter Debris
Oct 14, 2014 Fall Clean and Green Neighborhood Beautification Day
Sep 15, 2014 Community Leaders, Coca-Cola and Jewel-Osco Kick-Off "Recycle & Win" Contest
Aug 5, 2014 Mayor Emanuel, DSS Announce 'Pitch in Chicago' Community Clean Up
Dec 26, 2013 City of Chicago To Offer Christmas Tree Recycling at 23 Citywide Locations, January 4 through January 18, 2014

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