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Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance

On January 15, 2014, the Cook County Board passed the Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance. The ordinance calls for a number of initiatives that will benefit the overall environmental health and safety of Cook County residents. The ordinance gives the county new authority to prosecute illegal dumping activities; stipulates minimum operating requirements, fees, and reporting for solid waste and recycling facilities; and creates reporting requirements for waste and recycling haulers which will help the county in recycling, reuse, and waste diversion planning.
To review Article VII - Solid Waste and Recycling section of the Cook County Environmental Control Ordinance click here or browse Article VII by Division by clicking below.
Division 1 - In General (contains definitions that apply to Article VII divisions)

Solid Waste and Recycling Applications and Reporting Forms

If your facility is required to apply for a solid waste or recycling permit, please complete the appropriate form below: 


Recycling Facility Permit Application


Solid Waste, Recycling, and Reduction Planning

Suburban Cook County encompasses 127 municipalities, as well as unincorporated areas, with a combined  population of approximately 2.5 million. Residents, businesses and public facilities in suburban Cook County generate approximately three million tons of waste annually, which is the equivalent of 8200 tons per day or 6.7 pounds per capita per day.


Increasingly, fewer and larger private sector companies are providing waste collection, recycling and disposal services and facilities. The role of county and local governments, in relation to waste management, has shifted from the provision of services and facilities to matters relating to policy formulation, public education and information. Recycling and source reduction programs have been broadly accepted by the public and have significantly reduced the quantity of waste needing disposal. Current recycling rates in suburban Cook County exceed 25%. Improved performance is possible but each additional increment will be more difficult and more costly to achieve.


As more recycling programs come on line and more materials are recovered, additional uses and markets must be secured for products and materials with recyclable content.


Remember Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!!!

For additional information concerning solid waste management:


Agency Contact Information Portlet  
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Contact Information

Bureau Name:

Administration, Bureau of

Main Office:

69 W. Washington Room 1900
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Telephone: (312) 603-8200
Fax: (312) 603-9828

Deborah Stone, Director and Chief Sustainability Officer

M-F: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
closed weekends