Chicago Recycling Guide: All Materials

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Where can I recycle materials in Chicago?
Material Is Material accepted in Chicago's Blue Cart Program or at Recycling Drop-Off Centers? Alternative Recycling Outlet Mail or Drop-Off Program Address Phone

Website Details and/or Restrictions
Aerosol cans Yes NA NA NA NA Chicagorecycles (http://www.chicagorecycles.org) Must be empty
Aluminum Yes NA NA NA NA   Chicagorecycles www.chicagorecycles.org Accepted aluminum includes: cans,clean tin foil, pie tins

 

Appliances (Household) No Multiple Drop Off
  1. Salvation Army
  2. Recycling Information Center
  1. NA
  2. 1.800.YES.1.CAN

www.salvationarmy.com

www.aham.org

  • Working appliances only
  • Call the Recycling Information Center for nearby metal recycling facilities that accept appliances
Appliances (Household - working) No

ReStore

Multiple

Drop Off 6040 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago (773) 539-6040

https://www.windycityhabitat.org/restore.html

See "Donate" tab on website
Appliances (Household - nonworking) No N/A Drop Off Multiple  

Best Buy  (http://www.bestbuy.com) Search for 'recycling'

See list for accepted items.  Limit 3 per day.
Art supplies No

The WasteShed

SCARCE

Drop off

Drop off

2842 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago

799 Roosevelt Rd. Building 2, Suite 108, Glen Ellyn

(773) 666-5997

(630) 545-9710

http://www.thewasteshed.com

(http://www.thewasteshed.com)

https://www.scarce.org (https://www.scarce.org)

See "Donate" tab on website

See "Reuse & Recycle" tab on website

Baby Bottles (plastic or

glass)

No Multiple Drop Off
  1. Goodwill
  2. Salvation Army
NA

www.goodwill.com

www.salvationarmy.com

NA
Batteries (alkaline) No NA NA NA NA   Alkaline batteries should be disposed of in regular refuse.
Batteries (rechargeable) No Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility Drop Off 1150 N. North Branch St., Chicago, IL 60608 NA

www.cityofchicago.org/hccrf

Hours: Tu 7-noon; Th 2-7pm, 1st Saturday of the month 8am - 3pm

Batteries (lead acid) No

Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility

Drop Off 1150 N. North Branch St., Chicago, IL 60608 NA

www.cityofchicago.org/ Hours: Tu 7-noon; Th 2-7pm, 1st Saturday of the month 8am - 3pm

 

Bicycles No

Working Bikes Cooperative

West Town Bikes

The Recyclery

Blackstone Bicycle Works

Drop Off

Drop off

Drop off

Drop off

 

2434 S. Western Ave. Chicago IL 60608

2459 W. Division St. Chicago

7628 N. Paulina St, Chicago

6100 S. Blackstone Ave. Chicago

773.847.5440

773.772.6523

773.262.5900

773.241.5458

Workingbikes (http://www.workingbikes.org/)

http://westtownbikes.org (http://westtownbikes.org

http://therecyclery.org (http://therecyclery.org)

http://experimentalstation.org/blackstone

(http://experimentalstation.org/blackstone)

Hours: Mon-Sat noon-5 pm

See "Support" tab on website

 

 

Books (paperback) Yes

Chicago Books to Women in Prison

Open Books

Drop off, Mail

Drop off

4511 N. Hermitage Ave, Chicago

905 W. 19th St. or 651 W. Lake St.

 

 

(312) 243-9776

https://chicagobwp.org(https://chicagobwp.org

 

http://www.open-books.org/(http://www.open-books.org/

Only paperbacks in decent condition. See chicagobwp.org/how-to-help/donations/#book for more info

Gently used books in sellable condition

Books (hard cover) No

Multiple

Open Books

Drop Off

Drop off

  1. Goodwill
  2. Salvation Army
  3. Open Books 905 W. 19th St. or 651 W. Lake St.

 

 

(312) 243-9776

www.goodwill.com

www.salvationarmy.com

https://www.open-books.org/(https://www.open-books.org/

NA

 

Gently used books in sellable condition.

Bras No The Bra Recyclers Drop Off and Mail 3317 S. Higley Rd, Ste 114-441, Gilbert, AZ 85297 480.988.2283

http://brarecycling.com Should be in good condition
Brown Paper Bags Yes NA NA NA NA www.chicagorecycles.org NA
Bubble Wrap No Multiple Drop Off Earth911.com NA www.earth911.com NA
Building Materials No

The ReBuilding Exchange

ReStore

Drop Off

Drop off

1740 W. Webster. Chicago, IL 60614

6040 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago

773.252.2234

773.539-6040

www.exchange.org

https://www.windycityhabitat.org/restore.html

Call

See "Donate" tab on website

Candy

Wrappers

No TerraCycle Mail NA NA

www.terracycle.com Must join a "brigage" to get mailing details
Car Batteries

No

No

Multiple

Multiple

Drop Off

Drop off

Earth911.com

Autozone

NA

NA

www.earth911.com

www.autozone.com (http://www.autozone.com)

Check Earth911.com for the location nearest you

Recycle car batteries for $10 store credit. Contact store for restrictions. 

Cardboard Yes NA NA NA NA

www.chicagorecycles.org Please flatten boxes
Carpet (nylon) No Multiple Drop Off
  1. Carpet Recovery
  2. Shaw Carpet
  www.carpetrecovery.org

www.shawfloors.com

  •  NA
  • Any carpet (500sq yards or more) with EcoWorx backing will be collected, transported and recycled for free, regardless if its being replaced with Shaw Carpet. Shaw Carpet will collect, transport and recycle any type of carpet (7500sq yards or more) if it is being replaced by a Shaw product, for free.
CDs No Multiple Drop Off and Mail Earth911.com NA

www.earth911.com NA
Cell Phones

No

No

No

No

Multiple

Drop Off

 

 

 

 

Drop off

Contact to discuss

In-Store

  1. Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility (1150 N. North Branch St., Chicago IL 60642)
  2. Earth911.com
  3. Family Rescue
  4. Verizon any location

NA

 

 

 

 

(773) 375-1918

www.cityofchicago/

 

 

 

 


www.earth911.com

 

  • Hours: Tu 7-noon; Th 2-7pm, 1st Saturday of the month 8am - 3 pm
  • Check Earth911.com for the location nearest to you

 

 

 

"Hopeline" program supports victims and survivors of domestic violence

 

Chip Bags No TerraCycle Mail NA NA

www.terracycle.com Must join a "brigade" to get mailing details

Christmas/

String Lights

No Multiple NA Earth911.com NA

www.earth911.com Search for "string lights"
Cleaning Products (bleach, drain cleaner, and other harsh cleaners) No Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility Drop Off 1150 N. North Branch St., Chicago, IL  60642 NA

www.cityofchicago.org/hccrf Hours: Tu 7-noon; Th 2-7pm, 1st Saturday of the month 8am - 3 pm
Clothing No Multiple Drop Off
  1. Goodwill
  2. Salvation Army
  3.  USAgain
  4. Care for Real 5331 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago

 

 

 

(773) 769-6182

www.goodwill.com 

www.salvationarmy.com 

www.usagain.com/

https://careforreal.org

NA

 

 

Gently used clothing. See 'Get Involved" tab on website.

Compact Florescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) No Multiple Drop Off
  1. Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility (1150 N. North Branch St., Chicago IL 60642)
  2. Home Depot
  3. Ikea
  4. True Value
  5. Ace Hardware
NA

 

 

 

www.cityofchicago.org/

 

 

 

www.homedepot.com 
www.ikea.com 
www.truevalue.com 
www.acehardware.com

  • Hours: Tu 7-noon; Th 2-7pm, 1st Saturday of the month 8am - 3 pm
  • NA
  • NA
  • NA
  • NA
Computers No Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility Drop Off 1150 N. North Branch St., Chicago, IL  60642 NA

www.cityofchicago.org/ Hours: Tu 7-noon; Th 2-7pm, 1st Saturday of the month 8am - 3 pm
Construction Debris No Recycling Systems Incorporated Drop Off

3152 South California Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608

NA  

Call for a quote (773.579.0100). Construction debris can also be posted on Craigslist or the Construction Material Depot 

Corks No Multiple

Drop Off

 

 

Drop off

  1. Broadway Cellars (5900 N. Broadway)
  2. Whole Foods
  3. ReCork

NA

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.recork.org

NA
www.wholefoods.com

 

See drop-off locations on website

  • NA
  • Visit the website to find the nearest location
Craft Supplies NA NA

Drop off

 

The Wasteshed 2842 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago

(773) 666-5997

http://www.thewasteshed.com

See "Donate" tab on website

 

Crayons (broken) No

Crazy Crayons

SCARCE

Drop Off

Drop Off

NA

799 Roosevelt Rd. Building 2, Suite 108, Glen Ellyn

NA

(630) 545-9710

www.crazycrayons.com

https://www.scarce.org

Only accept crayons made in the United States

See "Reuse & Recycle" tab on website

Diapers (cloth) No Multiple

NA

Negotiable

  1. Craigslist
  2. FreeCycle
NA www.chicago.craigslist.org
www.freecycle.org

Consider selling on Craigslist or FreeCycle

Offer items for free to others in Chicago

Diapers (disposable) No NA NA NA NA   Disposable diapers should be thrown away
Denim No Multiple

Drop Off

 

  1. Goodwill
  2. Salvation Army
NA

www.goodwill.com

www.salvationarmy.com

NA
DVDs No Multiple Mail Earth911.com NA

www.earth911.com Check Earth911.com for the location nearest to you
E-Waste No Multiple Drop off Directv    https://www.directvdeals.com/resources/tv-recycling  
Envelopes (including plastic windows) Yes NA NA NA NA

www.chicagorecycles.org NA
Envelopes (Tyvek, FedEx, etc.) No Multiple Drop Off and Mail Earth911.com NA

www.earth911.com Check Earth911.com for the location nearest to you
Eyeglasses No Multiple Drop Off and Mail
  1. Earth911.com
  2. Lions Club International
NA

www.earth911.com 

www.lionsclubs.org/

  • Check Earth911.com for the location nearest to you
  • Check website for the location nearest you
Feminine Hygiene Products No NA NA NA NA    Disposable feminine hygiene products should be thrown away. Explore the suggested websites for reusable alternatives.
Food Containers Yes NA NA NA NA www.chicagorecycles.org Accepted plastics include #1-5, 7 (not #6)
Freezers No NA Pick-up ComEd 1-855-433-2700 https://www.comed.com/WaysToSave/ForYourHome/Pages/Recycling.aspx

ComEd will pay $50 for old working freezers.

 

Furniture No Multiple

Drop Off

Drop off

Contact to discuss

  1. Goodwill
  2. Salvation Army
  3. Catholic Charities

NA

(312) 655-7719

www.goodwill.com 

www.salvationarmy.com

https://www.catholiccharities.net

NA

 

Apartment-sized, in good condition

Gift Cards, Hotel Keys No Multiple

1) Mail

2) Drop Off

  1. Earthworks
  2. Best Buy
(312) 655-7719

NA

www.bestbuy.com/

 

  • NA
  • Best Buy has recycling kiosks for gift cards
Glass Bottles and Jars Yes NA NA NA NA

www.chicagorecycles.org Please remove lids from glass bottles and jars before recycling
Glasses (drinkware and dishware) No Multiple

Drop Off

Drop off

Drop off

  1. Goodwill
  2. Salvation Army
  3. Care for Real 5341 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago
  4. Catholic Charities 721 N. LaSalle Street

NA

NA

(773) 769-6182

(312) 655-7719

www.goodwill.com

www.salvationarmy.com

https://careforreal.org

https://www.catholiccharities.net

 

Broken glasses (drinkware) or dishes should be thrown away

Undamaged dishes and glasses.  See "Get Involved" tab on website

Golf Balls No Dixon Golf Drop Off Elmhurst Park District, 225 Prospect Ave. Elmhurst IL 60126 630.993.8933

www.dixongolf.com NA
Grass No NA NA NA NA   Compost yard waste, like grass clippings
Hangers No Multiple

Drop Off

Negotiable

Earth911.com

Freecycle

 

www.earth911.com

www.freecycle.org

Many dry cleaners only accept hangers from their store, check before dropping off

Offer items for free to others in Chicago

Household Appliances  No

Multiple

Multiple

Multiple

Multiple

 

Drop Off
  1. Salvation Army
  2. Recycling Information Center
  3. Best Buy
  1. NA
  2. 1.800.YES.1.CAN

www.salvationarmy.com 

http://www.aham.org/

http://www.bestbuy.com Search for 'recycling'

 

  • Working appliances only

     

  • Call the Recycling Information Center for nearby metal recycling facilities that accept appliances
  • See list for accepted items. Limit 3 per day.
Ink Cartridges No

Multiple

Multiple

Multiple

Drop Off and Mail

Drop off

Earth911.com

Best Buy

Staples

NA

NA

NA

www.earth911.com

www.bestbuy.com

www.staples.com

Check Earth911.com for the location nearest to you

Search for 'recycling'

Search for 'recycling'

iPods No Multiple

Drop Off and Mail

Drop Off

Drop Off

Earth911.com

 

Best Buy

Staples

NA

NA

NA

www.earth911.com

www.bestbuy.com 

www.staples.com

Check Earth911.com for the location nearest to you

Search for 'recycling' Limit 3 per day.

Search for 'recycling'

Junk Mail Yes NA NA   NA

www.chicagorecycles.org NA
Keys No NA Mail

Key for Hope

Recycling Keys for Kids

NA

http://www.keyforhope.org/

https://www.recyclingkeysforkids.org

NA
Kitty Litter No NA NA NA NA   Kitty litter should be thrown away
Linens No Multiple

Drop Off

 

Drop off

  1. Goodwill
  2. Salvation Army
  3. Care for Real 5341 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago

NA

(773) 769-6182

www.goodwill.com

www.salvation army.com

http://careforreal.org

NA

 

Useable linens. See "Get Involved" tab on website

Magazines Yes NA NA NA NA www.chicagorecycles.org NA
Make-up Containers No NA Drop Off NA NA

NA NA
Mattress and Box Spring No Multiple Drop Off
  1. Goodwill
  2. Salvation Army
NA

www.goodwill.com 

www.salvationarmy.com

NA

Medicine (prescription and over-the-counter)

No Multiple Drop Off
  1. Chicago Police Area Headquarters:
    • 5101 S. Wentworth Ave., Chicago IL 60609
    • 727 E. 111th St., Chicago IL 60628
    • 2452 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago IL 60618
    • 3151 W. Harrison St., Chicago IL 60612
    • 5555 W. Grand Ave., Chicago IL 60639
  2. Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility (1150 N. North Branch St., Chicago IL 60642)
NA  
  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Hours: Tu 7-noon; Th 2-7pm, 1st Saturday of the month 8am - 3 pm
Monitors (computers and televisions) No Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility Drop Off 1150 N. North Branch St., Chicago IL 60642 NA

www.cityofchicago.org/hccrf Hours: Tu 7-noon; Th 2-7pm, 1st Saturday of the month 8am - 3 pm
Motor Oil No Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility Drop Off 1150 N. North Branch St., Chicago IL 60642 NA

 www.cityofchicago.org/hccrf Hours: Tu 7-noon; Th 2-7pm, 1st Saturday of the month 8am - 3 pm
MP3 Players No Multiple

Drop Off and Mail

Drop Off

Earth911.com

Best Buy

NA

www.earth911.com

www.bestbuy.com 

Check Earth911.com for the location nearest to you

Search for 'recycling' Limit 3 per day

Newspapers Yes NA NA NA NA www.chicagorecycles.org NA
Newspaper Sleeves No Multiple Drop Off NA NA   Plastic bags, including newspaper sleeves, should be brought to your grocery store or pharmacy for recycling
Notebooks Yes NA NA NA NA www.chicagorecycles.org If possible, remove metal spiral binding
Office Paper Yes NA NA NA NA

www.chicagorecycles.org NA
Office supplies   NA Drop Off

The WasteShed 2842 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago

(773) 666-5997 http://www.thewasteshed.com See "Donate" tab on website
Paint (oil based only) No Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility Drop Off 1150 N. North Branch St., Chicago IL 60642 NA

 www.cityofchicago.org/hccrf Hours: Tu 7-noon; Th 2-7pm, 1st Saturday of the month 8am - 3 pm
Paint (latex) No NA

Drop Off Multiple NA NA NA
Paper Towels (used) No NA NA NA NA   Used paper towels should be thrown away. If lightly used, they can be composted.
Paper Towel Tolls Yes NA NA NA NA www.chicagorecycles.org NA
Pens and Pencils No NA NA NA NA   Broken or old pens and pencils should be thrown away
Pesticides No Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility Drop Off 1150 N. North Branch St., Chicago IL 60642 NA www.cityofchicago.org/ Hours: Tu 7-noon; Th 2-7pm, 1st Saturday of the month 8am - 3 pm
Phone Books Yes NA NA NA NA www.chicagorecycles.org NA
Phone (including cordless) No Multiple Drop Off
  1. Goodwill
  2. Salvation Army
NA

www.goodwill.com 

www.salvationarmy.com

Donate only working phones. Broken phones should be thrown away
Photographs No NA NA NA NA   Unwanted photographs should be thrown away
Plastics #1-5, 7 Yes NA NA NA NA www.chicagorecycles.org NA
Plastic #6 or unnumbered No NA NA NA NA   #6 plastics and unnumbered plastics should be thrown away
Plastic Bags (for residents) No Multiple Drop Off NA NA   NA
Plastic Bags (for businesses) No NA Drop Off and Mail
  1. PlasticBag Recycling.org
  2. Better Containers, 530 Hyde Park, Hillside, IL 60162
  3. G2 Revolution, 650 E. Algonquin Road, Suite 401, Schaumburg, IL 60173-3846

NA

800.831.6049

847.925. 9800

 

www.bettercontainers.com/


www.g2rev.com/

NA
Plastic Bottle Caps Yes (see notes) NA NA NA NA

 

www.chicagorecycles.org Bottle caps are only recyclable at some of the city's sorting facilities. 
Plastic Storage Bags and Plastic Wrap No NA NA NA NA   Plastic storage bags and wrap should be thrown away after use
Pots and Pans No Multiple

Drop Off

 

Drop Off

  1. Goodwill
  2. Salvation Army
  3. Catholic Charities 721 N. LaSalle Street

NA

NA

(312) 655-7719

www.goodwill.com

www.salvationarmy.com

https://www.catholiccharities.net

NA

 

 

Qtips No NA NA NA NA   Qtips and other health products should be thrown away after use.
Refrigerators No NA Pick up ComEd

1-855-433-2700

 https://www.comed.com/WaysToSave/ForYourHome/Pages/Recycling.aspx ComEd will pay $50 for old working refrigerators.
Reusable Bags No ChicoBag Mail C/O Zero Waste Program, 349 Huss Drive, Chico, CA 95928 NA

www.chicobag.com/ For broken or no longer usable reusable bags
Rugs No Multiple Drop Off
  1. Goodwill
  2. Salvation Army
NA

www.goodwill.com

www.salvationarmy.com

NA
Sanitary Products No NA NA NA NA   Sanitary products, like wipes, feminine products, diapers and incontinence pads, facial and toilet tissue, should be thrown away after use.
Shoes No Multiple

Drop Off

 

Drop off

  1. Goodwill
  2. Salvation Army
  3. Soles4Souls
  4. Share Your Soles 

NA

NA

NA

(708) 448-4469

www.goodwill.com 

www.salvationarmy.com

www.soles4souls.org

http://shareyoursoles.org

NA

 

Useable shoes. See "Donate Shoes" tab on website for donation locations.

Shopping Bags (paper) Yes NA NA NA NA www.chicagorecycles.org NA
Shopping Bags (plastic)  No Multiple Drop Off NA NA   All Chicago grocery stores are required to accept plastic bags for recycling.  Bags from other stores are also accepted.
Silverware (metal) No Multiple Drop Off
  1. Goodwill
  2. Salvation Army
 
NA

www.goodwill.com

www.salvationarmy.com

NA
Silverware (plastic) No NA NA NA NA   Plastic silverware can be rinsed and reused or thrown away after use
Snackbag Liners No NA NA NA NA   Plastic snackbag liners should be thrown away
Spray Paint Cans (empty) Yes NA NA NA NA www.chicagorecycles.org NA
Spray Paint Cans (not empty) No NA NA NA NA   Consider donating unused spray paint to a school or local art program
Steel Cans Yes NA NA NA NA  
Styrofoam (#6 Foam) No Dart Drop Off 310 Evergreen Drive, North Aurora, IL NA www.dart.biz/

Accept all foam except packing peanuts

Check with your closest pack-and-ship store (Mailboxes Etc., UPS) to drop off clean Styrofoam peanuts for reuse

Televisions (working or broken; LCD, Plasma, and CRT) No Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility Drop Off 1150 N. North Branch St., Chicago IL 60642 NA  www.cityofchicago.org/hccrf Hours: Tuesday 7am-noon; Thursdays 2-7pm, 1st Saturday of the month 8am-3pm
Tennis Balls No Rebounces Mail NA NA www.rebounces.com NA
Textbooks No NA Drop Off SCARCE 799 Roosevelt Rd. Building 2, Suite 108, Glen Ellyn

NA

(630) 545-9710

NA

https://www.scarce.org

NA

See "Reuse & Recycle" tab on website

Textiles (household) No USAgain

Drop Off

Drop off

NA

The WasteShed 2842 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago

NA

(773) 666-5997

 www.usagain.com/

http://www.thewasteshed.com

NA

1/2 yard or more

Tires

No

No

Multiple

Multiple

Drop Off

Drop Off

Earth911.com

All tire retailers

NA www.earth911.com

Some locations may charge per tire -call before making the trip

Retailers accept used tires equal in number to the number of new tires purchased.

Toilet Paper Rolls Yes NA NA NA NA

www.chicagorecycles.org NA
Toothbrushes No NA Mail NA NA NA NA
Toys No Multiple Drop Off
  1. Goodwill
  2. Salvation Army
NA

www.goodwill.com

www.salvationarmy.com

NA
Umbrellas No Multiple Drop Off
  1. Goodwill
  2. Salvation Army
NA

www.goodwill.com

www.salvationarmy.com

Working umbrellas only
Vacuums No Multiple Drop Off Best Buy NA

www.bestbuy.com 

Search for 'recycling' Stick, Robot, and Upright/Canister vacuums accepted.  Limit 3 per day.
Video Tapes No Multiple

Drop Off and Mail

Pick up

Earth911.com

PAWS Chicago

NA

(773) 475-3322

www.earth911.com

http://www.pawschicago.org

Check Earth911.com for the location nearest to you

Vehicles

No

No

Multiple

Various Chicago locations

Mail

Pick-up

Earth911.com

PAWS Chicago

NA

(773) 475-3322

www.earth911.com

http://www.pawschicago.org/how-to-help/donate/other-ways-to-give/donate-a-vehicle/

Working vehicles can be donated
Waterbottles (reusable) No Multiple Drop Off
  1. Goodwill
  2. Salvation Army
NA

www.goodwill.com

www.salvationarmy.com

NA
Wipes and Sponges No NA NA NA NA   Wipes and sponges should be thrown away after use
Wrapping Paper Yes NA NA NA NA

www.chicagorecycles.org Be sure to remove bows, tags, and ribbon
Zippered Bags No NA NA NA NA   Zippered bags can be reused and thrown away
Zippers No NA Drop-Off TheWasteShed 2842 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago (773) 666-5997 http://www.thewasteshed.com See "Donate" tab on website

 

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Material

Is Material accepted in Blue Cart or Drop-Off? Other Recycling Outlet Mail or Drop-Off Program Location Address Location Phone Location Website

Location Details and Restrictions

Aerosol cans Yes           Must be empty
Aluminum Yes           Accepted aluminum includes: cans, clean tin foil, pie tins

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