As recyclers, we have persisted through both periods of great public interest and periods when it felt like we were the lone voice for recycling. And we will continue to advocate and promote recycling and sustainability initiatives throughout Chicago. We invite you to join us and support the Resource Center’s efforts.
And announcing the closure of the Wrightwood Recycling Drop-off site pains us because, as friends of the Resource Center know, we are passionate about helping Chicago recycle more. A letter from Founder & President, Ken Dunn, follows with details on the closure.
Changes in Resource Center’s Recycling Operations:
Wrightwood Drop-Off Location to Close on November 9th
Dear Resource Center Supporters,
For more than thirty years, the Resource Center has provided free recycling drop-off centers for residents at locations around Chicago. We currently operate four drop-off centers: Wrightwood & Lincoln, Uptown, North Park Village and the Railyard. We maintain these drop-off sites and keep them open to the public because of our commitment to sustainability and our belief that communities should have access to recycling services. And this has been possible through the generosity of individual donors and the organizations that own the sites. Specifically, we owe a debt of gratitude to Tom Long his colleagues at the 7 Eleven at 2600 N. Lincoln Avenue for twenty-seven years of hosting our Wrightwood Neighbors Drop-off Center.
The Wrightwood collections site, located in the parking lot of the 7 Eleven on 2600 N. Lincoln Ave., is closing. The last drop-off day at this site will be Wednesday, November 9th. This change will not affect our other recycling services. We will continue to operate the three other drop-off sites, and all residential and commercial recycling collections will continue uninterrupted.
What You Can Do.
We value your commitment to recycling and we encourage you to continue your efforts. If you are affected by the Wrightwood site closure, we recommend taking your household recyclables to the recycling facility nearest you. You can visit one of our other three drop-off locations or a nearby City of Chicago center. The nearest City of Chicago Blue Recycling Drop-Off Center is located at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 N. Cannon Drive). For information on hours, materials collected and other City drop-off sites, visit the City of Chicago’s website. We support the City of Chicago in its efforts to expand responsible single stream recycling throughout the City. While we still believe in the value of our Clean Stream approach, which keeps recyclables separate from one another and as pure as possible, we recommend using the drop-off center closest to you.
Recycling Collections for Commercial and Residential Buildings
We are Chicago’s largest not-for-profit recycler. We provide pick-up services for a variety of businesses, schools, universities, restaurants, museums and multi-family residential buildings. If you are interested in finding out more about our collection services, contact Mike McNamee to request a proposal or call us at (773) 821-1351.
Recycling is our core. Nearly forty years ago, we were one of the first organizations to recognize the value of recycling in Chicago. Today we recycle more than 6,000 tons of material every year. Read more about our 99% guarantee and the story about our recycling services here.
Thank you for your continued support. We invite you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the Wrightwood site closure. We want to continue to be your recycling partner and your source for all things sustainable. Visit our website to find out more about our other resource recovery and urban agriculture programs. Together we can make a difference.
Your Chicago recycling partner,
Founder & President