Where to Divert

Though zero waste seeks to minimize the amount of recyclable goods used in favor of longer-lasting, non-disposable products, we still all of course have items that eventually need to go to a new home. If they can't be recycled in Chicago's blue bins, there's a good chance you can find someplace else to donate or recycle them.

Check out the resources on our map below to find out where to recycle corks, books, furniture, and much more:


-Composting: Looking for where to divert your food scraps and other organic waste? Visit our Where to Compost resource to learn how to compost in Chicago.

-Recycle by City: They've got the scoop on what can and can't go in Chicago blue bins. Take their quiz, or visit their interactive guide to boost your recycling knowledge.