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What We Do

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

Recycle by City CHICAGO

 Recycle by City CHICAGO


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

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

Oct 7, 2016 City of Chicago Coordinates Yard Waste Pick-Up to Help Collect Fall Leaves and Debris
Jul 20, 2016 City Council Amends Recycling Ordinance to Reflect Current Industry Standards
Apr 18, 2016 Record Number of Community Residents Participate in Chicago's Annual Clean and Green Day of Service
Apr 1, 2016 Chicago Street Sweeping Season Begins Friday, April 1
Dec 10, 2015 Chicago Unveils New Educational Website Designed to Help Make Recycling Easy

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Supporting Information

City Data

Department Main Office

Streets and Sanitation (DSS)

Blue Cart Recycling 2016 Pick-up Schedule

   Pharmaceutical Drop-off Locations