Free recycling events by Chicago Ward. Following are all the recycling events in 2019 that I could find by Ward. Find your Ward. Free paper shredding events, often called Community Shred Days or Shred-A-Thons, are scheduled from March through November across the City. This service is for residential customers only. Events subject to change. Call before hauling your stuff over. More info here.
Confidential documents: Any paper that has personal information on it is considered a confidential document. Examples include bank statements, invoices, medical records, credit card offers, and pay-stubs.
Most events allow you to bring one or two bankers boxes full of documents. If you’re taking more than one box, check with the individual event host for their exact event policy.
Staples and small paper clips are okay, remove large clips and binders. All shredded paper collected at these events is recycled.
Shredded paper from home
You can drop off shredded confidential documents for recycling, too. Reminder, shredded paper is not recyclable in the blue cart. Review the guideto see what is.
What’s not accepted
Glossy paper, magazines, books, newspapers, credit and ID cards, and other non-confidential documents are not accepted. If you’re looking to shred paper other than confidential documents, please refer to Midway Moving’s FAQ to make sure it’s accepted.