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Waste & Recycling


We have expanded our recycling efforts to include plastic bottles, glass bottles and aluminum cans in addition to the cardboard and paper we had been recycling. This comingled recycling effort is called “Single Stream” Recycling. Composting has also been added to the mix at the Arturo Velsquez Institute, a practice we hope to expand in the future. Until a Zero Waste goal has been achieved, there will always be room for progress!    

Our city-wide recycling rate for 2013 was 16%. This amounts to 212.18 tons of recycling resulting in an emissions reduction of 566.52 metric tons of CO2e. That is the equivalent of the annual carbon sequestration of 464 acres of U.S. forests or taking 118 cars off the road for a year!        


Who picks up the recycling materials?                

For more information on how our vendors recycle the materials put in the blue recycling bins,               

check out the websites for our scavenger waste and recycling haulers listed below:           


  • Flood Brothers Disposal/ Recycling Services: Wright College, Truman College, CCC District Office, Arturo Velasquez Institute, Dawson Technical Institute, Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center, South Chicago Learning Center, West Side Learning Center, Lakeview Learning Center                

  • Republic Services: Olive‐Harvey College, Kennedy‐King College, Malcolm X College, Daley College                

  • Lakeshore Recycling Systems: Harold Washington College                

In addition to our scavenger services mentioned above, City Colleges recycles other materials. In many cases there are multiple vendors:                 

  • PC Rebuilders & Recyclers: Computers and computer equipment district‐wide                

  • EverLights: Bulbs and ballasts at CCC District Office, Kennedy‐King College, Malcolm X College and Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center             

  • Stericycle: Medical waste at Olive‐Harvey College and Harold Washington College             

  • Environmental Office Solutions: Printer cartridges at Wright College                

  • Chicago Biofuels: Cooking grease at Kennedy‐King College                

Who takes out CCC recycling materials?                

City Colleges of Chicago's custodial services are second to none! To focus on recycling in Spring 2013 our custodians received “City Colleges Recycle” T‐Shirts. If you catch them in their snazzy Recycling t‐shirts, be sure to ask about how single-stream recycling works.          


Our staff and our scavenger service vendors engaged in recycling efforts by participating in Recyclemania, a national recycling benchmarking competition that gives tips on best practiceand addresses questions about where our recycling ends up.