Free recycling events by Chicago Ward. Following are all the recycling events in 2021 that I could find by Ward. Find your Ward. Free paper shredding events, often called Community Shred Days or Shred-A-Thons, are usually 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.
Free recycling events by Chicago Ward
Sat, April 10, 10am – 2pm 360 W Ohio St, Shred a Thon: Sponsored by 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly
Sun, April 11, 10am – 1pm 1730 W Fullerton Ave Sponsored by State Rep Ann M Williams
Sat, April 17, 9am – 12pm 3557 S King Dr, Shred a Thon: Sponsored by 4th Ward Alderman Sophia King
Sat, April 24, 9am – 1pm 7901 S Sangamon St Shred a Thon: Sponsored by 17th Ward Alderman David Moore
Wed, April 28, 12pm – 4pm 5046 S State St, Shred a Thon: Sponsored by 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell
Sat, May 1, 9am – 12pm 3400 S Shields Ave, Shred a Thon: Sponsored by 11th Ward Ald Patrick Thompson
Sat, May 8, 9am – 1pm 3252 W 87th St, Shred a Thon: Sponsored by 18th Ward Alderman Derrick Curtis
Sat, May 15, 9am – 12pm 3443 W Addison St, Shred a Thon: Sponsored by State Rep Jaime Andrade
Fri, May 21, 10am – 2pm 11414 S Halsted St, Shred a Thon: Sponsored by 34th Ward Alderman Carrie Austin
Sat, May 22, 11am – 2pm 2325 E 71st St, Shred a Thon: Sponsored by 5th Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston
Sat, June 5, 9am – 12pm 3400 W Lawrence Ave, Shred a Thon: Sponsored by Clerk Iris Y Martinez
Sat, June 12, 9am – 1pm 8539 S Cottage Grove Ave, Shred a Thon: Sponsored by 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris
Wed, June 16, 9am – 1pm 4808 S Archer Ave, Shred a Thon: Sponsored by 14th Ward Alderman Edward M Burke
Sat, June 19, 10am – 2pm 9036 S Ashland Ave, Shred a Thon: Sponsored by 21st Ward Alderman Howard Brookins
Sat, June 26, 10am – 2pm 5106 N La Crosse Ave, Shred a Thon: Sponsored by 39th Ward Alderman Samantha Nugent
Wicker Park Shredding and e-Recycling events No dates available for 2021
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.