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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))

Apr 7, 2014 Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation Announces Citywide Clean and Green Day of Action
Mar 27, 2014 Department of Streets and Sanitation Begins Aggressive Cleaning of Chicago Streets After Historic Winter
Dec 26, 2013 City of Chicago To Offer Christmas Tree Recycling at 23 Citywide Locations, January 4 through January 18, 2014
Oct 21, 2013 Mayor Emanuel Announces Recycling Expansion Complete as Final Phase Reaches the Last 72,000 Households
Jul 29, 2013 City of Chicago Announces Third Phase of Citywide Recycling Expansion

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