Monday, January 3, 2011

Holiday recycling

As the holidays wrap up, dispose of your old string lights and holiday tree at a site near you around Chicago.

The City of Chicago Department of Environment has reached out to different locations in the city to provide residents with a sustainable way to get rid of old holiday decorations.

Now through Monday, January 17 holiday tree will be accepted at one of the 23 participating park sites listed online. The trees will be chipped and made into mulch, will be available for pick-up starting Friday January 7 at those same sites. All ornaments, lights, and stands must be removed before dropping off your tree. These sites do not able to accept decorations, lights, wreaths, garland, or household recyclable.

Drop off your old holiday string lights at any of the participating locations listed online during their normal open hours now through January 18, 2011. The lights will be collected and each part will be recycled.

If you have questions, please call the Department of Environment at (312) 744-7606.

For additional information you can call 311 or go to

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