Recycling Services

We are committed to assisting our customers in their efforts to recycle.

Start recycling today becauseā€¦

  • The average American uses 7 trees a year in paper, wood and other products from trees
  • 1 ton of recycled paper saves about 7,000 gallons of water, 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil and 4000 kilowatts of energy
  • Recycling a 1-gallon plastic milk jug saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt light bulb lit for 11 hours
  • 19 plastic bottles can be recycled into enough fiber to make an XL t-shirt or 1 sq. ft. of carpet
  • Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours.

Not only is recycling great for the environment, the city of Chicago requires all multi-unit buildings and commercial businesses to have an effective recycling program in place. We have a full understanding of the ordinance and can help you in establishing a program for you.

From minimal compliance to massive trash volume reductions, our recycling programs can be tailored to fit your needs.

Link to City of Chicago multi-unit residential building recycling ordinance

Link to City of Chicago commercial & retail space recycling ordinance
Click here to download our complete Recycling Instruction Manual


  • Newspaper (with inserts)
  • Magazines/Catalogs
    • Glossy & Non-glossy
  • Telephone Directories
  • Office/School Paper
  • Advertising/Junk Mail
  • Kraft Brown Paper Bags
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Paperboard/Chipboard
    • Cereal Boxes
    • Pasta Boxes
    • Clothing Boxes
    • Tissue Boxes


All plastic bottles and containers with these symbols underneath.


Examples are:

  • Plastic beverage and food containers
  • Milk, water and juice bottles
  • Liquid detergent, fabric softener, bleach, shampoo
  • Yogurt cups
  • Vegetable oil bottles


  • Aluminum Cans
  • Steel or tin cans


  • Bottles and jars only.
  • Brown, green and clear glass.

Recycling Preparation

  • All materials may be mixed together.
  • Paper may be placed in paper bags (optional).
  • Flatten all corrugated cardboard and paperboard boxes.
  • Remove any non-paper packing material (Styrofoam)
  • Place items in PAPER bags when possible to help keep items from blowing around before pickup.

Unacceptable materials

  • DO NOT: recycle wire hangers (please return to your cleaners).
  • DO NOT: recycle mirrors, light bulbs, window glass, or ceramics in recycling container.
  • DO NOT: include soiled paper fibers (oily pizza boxes, paper napkins, etc.)
  • DO NOT: recycle batteries.
  • DO NOT: place materials in plastic bags.
  • DO NOT: include Styrofoam, wood, plastic film, plastic bags, plastic toys, or diapers in recycling containers.
  • DO NOT: recycle electronics.