Day 360 – If you’re not boxing or bagging up your Christmas tree at the end of the season to reuse next year, then you either don’t have one or you have a real tree. And if you have a real tree you should not throw it away. In the city of Chicago you can have your tree turned into mulch
“By foregoing the landfill, your tree won’t be rotting away releasing greenhouse gas emissions or taking up landfill space; instead, the mulch it creates will be used to benefit plants and soil at local parks and forests.” – Recycle By City
Chicago’s Tree Recycling Program runs from January 8th through the 22nd at 26 parks across the City.
A few things to know before dropping off your tree.
- Only live/natural trees without flocking are accepted.
- No garland or wreaths.
- All tinsel, ornaments, lights, and stands must be removed.
- Plastic bags used for transport should also be removed before putting trees in the stalls.
Six locations will also provide free mulch on a first-come, first-served basis, starting January 12th: Lincoln Park, Margate Park, Mt. Greenwood Park, North Park Village, Warren Park, and the Forestry Site.
To see a complete list of all 26 participating parks, click HERE!
If you don’t live in Chicago and want to find your closest tree recycling location, click HERE! Type in Christmas trees and your zip code.
Start the new year off with a gift to the planet.
Tomorrow, Chicago organizations helping the planet.
Day 319 – It’s National Recycling Day! So, I thought I would write about the Recycle By City website. Nine cities participate, Chicago being one of those nine.
The Chicago Recycling Guide helps answer all those questions regarding what can go into your recycling bin and what should stay out. It breaks items down into categories.
Accepted Items in the Blue Cart
- Cartons – put lids back on cartons
- Glass bottles and jars – labels can stay on
- Metal cans and foil – labels can stay on cans
- Paper and cardboard – free of food and grease
- Plastic containers – put caps back on (pumps and nozzles can not be recycled in blue bin)
Unaccepted Items in the Blue Cart
- Bagged recyclables – keep recyclables loose in the bin
- Plastic bags and film – recycle plastic bags and film at grocery stores and Target
- Food or liquids – consider composting food waste
- Scrap metal – recycle at scrap metal recycler
- Cords, cables, hoses or chains
Call 311 for Pickup
- Yard waste – bag yard trimmings in a bag, do not include rocks, dirt or gravel
- Leaves – bag up and call 311
- Furniture – try to donate when possible
- Major appliances
Hazardous, does not go into recycle or garbage can and can be brought to the Household Chemical and Computer Recycling Facility (1150 N. North Branch Street)
- Rechargeable batteries
- Electronic waste
- Household chemicals
- Metal tanks
- Fluorescent bulbs & tubes
- Oil based paint and stain
- Motor Oil
Before we can start to think about recycling we need to consider, refusing, reducing, and reusing.
Tomorrow, green hotels and what they’re about.