Chicago's Environmental Resource Days

Chicago's Environmental Resource Days

Got some old or broken computers, lawnmowers, or unused paint lying around? Well, mark your calendars and round up your household hazardous waste! This Saturday the City of Chicago is offering safe disposal of dangerous, everyday products in exchange for new environmental items such as composting bins and rain barrels. Find out what you can exchange after the jump…

Between 9am-3pm this Saturday, residents in the Chicago area can bring their hazardous household items to the parking lot of Northeastern Illinois University, located at 3701 W Bryn Mawr Ave. There will be an additional drop off day for South Side residents Saturday, September 20 at a City of Chicago Facility located at 900 E 103rd St.

Drop-Off Your:


  • old or unused prescription & non-prescription medications

  • computers, cell phones, fax machines, scanners, keyboards

  • hazardous household chemicals & paints

  • old gas can and/or gas-powered lawn mower

Pick Up Your:


  • compost bin ($30, payable by check or money order only, available to Chicago residents only, while supplies last)

  • rain barrel ($40, payable by check or money order only, available to Chicago residents only, while supplies last)

  • free compact fluorescent lightbulb (while supplies last)

  • free environmentally-friendly gas can (when you trade in an old one)

  • $100 rebate towards an electric or push mower (when you drop-off your old gas-powered mower)

During the rest of the year you can take your household chemicals and computers to Chicago's permanent Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility at1150 N. North Branch St.

If you don't live in the Chicago area visit Earth 911 to find a hazardous waste drop-off location near you.

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