There are several ways to recycle in the 49th Ward:
- Blue Cart recycling for single family homes and buildings with 4 units or fewer who receive City trash collection
- Via a private waste hauler for multi-unit buildings with 5 units or more
If you live in a single family home or a small apartment building with 4 units or fewer, you are eligible to recycle using the City-collected Blue Cart program.
Recycling is collected every other week according to a posted calendar. If you have curb-side trash collection, recycling pickup will take place on the same day as trash collection. If you have alley trash collection, your recycling may be picked up at any point during the designated week.
NOTE: As of January 1, 2016, all recyclable items should be placed in your Blue Cart loose, not in a plastic bag.
Items accepted for recycling
- Aluminum, steel, or tin cans (paper labels okay)
- Disposable pie & baking tins, aluminum foil
- Empty aerosol cans
- Glass jars & bottles, no tempered glass (Pyrex, drinking glasses, window panes)
- Paper cartons
- Newspaper, junk mail, phone books, shredded paper (in paper bags!)
- Cardboard tubes, boxes, and cartons
- Plastic bottles, tubs, and jugs (no #6 plastic)
More recycling questions? Check out the website.
Buildings with 5 units or more must contract with private waste haulers for trash and recycling pickup.
Effective January 1, 2017, all multi-unit buildings are required by municipal code to provide residents with source-separated, single stream recycling. Additionally, landlords are responsible for notifying tenants of the change, and educating them about which items should be recycled. After a 30-day grace period, the Department of Streets and Sanitation has the authority to issues fines for buildings that have not complied.
If your apartment, condo, or co-op building does not have recycling, please contact our office. We are happy to work with building owners and constituents to help ensure recycling programs are effective.