Resource Center

For 35 years, the Resource Center, a non-profit environmental education organization, has led the way in demonstrating innovative techniques for recycling and reusing materials.

Too often in the urban setting, abundant and important resources are wasted. In our recovery work we aim to reverse waste and to improve the quality of life for urban dwellers. We have been devoted from the beginning to the economic and educational revitalization of city neighborhoods through recycling, urban gardening, composting, and other programs that reclaim and reuse resources.

Clean Stream Recycling Program

The Resource Center began as a recycling operation over 35 years ago. It was the organization’s first instance of finding value in overlooked resources, not only material but also people looking for work. As Chicago’s first and largest non-profit recycler, the Resource Center operates community drop-off sites, and recycling services throughout the city. There’s a difference in recycling options, a difference in commitment. The Resource Center guarantees that they will recycle 99% of the materials we pick up. It’s the only recycler working in Chicago who offers that service.

In “Recycling Reconsidered,” Professor McBride of MIT states that municipal recycling only prevents one-third of trash from ending in landfills. This is partly because people are not recycling everything they can and partly because throwing all recyclables together, especially plastics doesn’t work well. Contact Mike McNamee to find out more about our complete recycling services.

Residential Recycling Service

Single-family homes, condos and apartments weekly collection services

Commercial Recycling Service

Schools, universities, restaurants, museums and a variety of businesses with recycling collection services

Drop-Off and Buy-Back Sites

North Park Village Recycling Station

5801 North Pulaski Road
Chicago, Illinois 60646
(773) 821-1351
Hours:  9–5 pm daily

We accept cardboard and food packaging, newspapers, white paper, office paper and shredded paper, brown and yellow glass, green and blue glass, clear glass (no windows, drinking glasses, nothing ‘treated’), plastics #1,#2,#3, #4, #5, #7.*

Uptown Recycling Station

4716 North Sheridan Road
Chicago, Illinois 60640
(773) 821-1351
Hours: 12–5 pm
Closed Tuesdays

We accept cardboard and food packaging, newspapers, white paper, office paper and shredded paper, brown and yellow glass, green and blue glass, clear glass (no windows, drinking glasses, nothing ‘treated’).*

Railyard Buyback Center

1325 East 70th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637
(773) 493-1470
Hours: 9–3 pm
Closed Saturdays and Sundays

We accept cardboard and food packaging, newspapers, white paper, office paper and shredded paper, brown and yellow glass, green and blue glass, clear glass (no windows, drinking glasses, nothing ‘treated’).*

Please be mindful of all posted instructions and only drop materials in the bins provided and during posted hours. Each site needs everyone’s cooperation with our sorting and placement guidelines. Additional information can be found at Chicago Recycling Coalition. See below for disposal of hazardous waste.

*Disposing of Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste materials, such as electronics, paint, batteries and oil should be taken to:
City of Chicago Family Hazardous Drop-off Facility
1150 N. Branch Street
(two blocks east of Kennedy Expressway at Division Street)