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.


Garbage Can


Recycle by City CHICAGO


Street Sweeper

Street Sweeping

Chemicals and Electronics

Chemicals & Electronics



Zero Waste

Zero Waste