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Public and abandoned properties in the Chicago area might appear a little less cluttered. The Illinois EPA collected 598.5 tons of used tires in December as part of a state program to mitigate hazards associated with them.

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Confused about when the city makes blue cart pickups? You can now look up recycling and garbage pickup schedules online as Chicago looks to boost its dismal recycling rate. 

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Empty yogurt cartons, peanut butter jars and pizza boxes: How clean do they need to be in order to toss them in your recycling bin? Chicago’s recycling staff has answers.

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As Chicago looks to boost recycling rates, Chicago Tonight explores the city's recycling program up close—and with numbers. 

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Chicago’s recycling rate is among the lowest in the country. What the city is now doing to try to change that.

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A worker at Lakeshore Recycling Systems in Forest View. (Alex Ruppenthal / Chicago Tonight)

What happens to Chicago’s recycling after it’s hauled away from neighborhood alleys and sidewalks? We tour a massive processing facility and watch sorting in action.

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Legislation proposed this week in the Illinois Senate would require electronics manufacturers to pay for permanent recycling drop-off sites set up by counties.

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Chicago will depend on residents to help enforce the city’s updated recycling ordinance – at least initially. The changes, which took effect Jan. 1, mark the first update to the city’s recycling rules in 20 years.

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As the holiday season winds down, it’s about time to take care of that Christmas tree that has begun to decay in your living room.

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Why aren't Chicagoans getting on the recycling bandwagon? What city officials are doing to reverse dropping participation rates.

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Jonathan Scheffel takes a break at a red light. (Alexandra Silets / Chicago Tonight)

Meet an entrepreneur who is helping Chicagoans compost while growing his business–all by the seat of his bicycle.

New Website Explains What Can and Can’t be Recycled

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Starting Jan. 1, items placed in the city’s blue recycling carts must be loose. That means no plastic bags. Learn more about Chicago's rules for recycling.

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The city's annual Christmas tree recycling program begins Jan. 3. 

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West Side residents accuse for-profit recyclers of fostering a crime wave by accepting materials stolen from the neighborhood. Elizabeth Brackett reports.

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