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Spring Cleaning : )

Days are longer, sun is out, seeds are sprouting... Spring cleaning time!

Don't just toss stuff out, though. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

City of Chicago Blue Cart recycling will take your

> Cardboard > Paper > Metal Cans + Foil > Glass Bottles + Jars

> Plastic Containers > Milk/Juice Cartons.

But - no plastic bags, no food waste, no e-waste.

Learn more at

Recycle your plastic bags + wraps at at Target, Jewel-Osco, Lowe's and Mariano's

Any kind of plastic

> grocery bag > produce bag > bread bags > bubble-wrap

> plastic bottles + caps

> plastic wrap > ziploc bags

> dry-cleaning bags

> newspaper bags > ice bags > salt bags > cereal bags

> plastic overwrap from cases.

No Styrofoam (polystyrene) or Saran Wrap (cling wrap).

"Remember that harder plastics, like bottles, containers and lids, go in your curbside bin, while flexible plastics, like wraps and bags, get recycled at major stores.”

Recycle your Styrofoam at Dart Container Corporation

The Chicago location is open 24/7 and located at 7575 S. Kostner

See the suburban locations too (Skokie, Winnetka, Western Springs, Glenview, Highland Park). Just no packing peanuts : (

Bag Monster Pirouettes

Recycle your batteries, cellphones, mp3 players, printer ink cartridges at Target

Recycle your tech, toner, lightbulbs, ink and batteries at Office Depot

Recycle your drugs and medications at a local police station

And if you can, don't get any of this stuff in the first place.

Now go outside and enjoy spring!

Hedera.Baltica on Flickr

All images licensed Creative Commons on Flickr

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Spring Cleaning by Blue Mountains Library

Bag Monster - Will Parker

Bag Monster at the Landfill

Icerine warbler by hedera.baltica

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