Chicago’s blue cart recycling program is notably choosy, accepting limited types of plastic, paper, aluminum and glass.
That doesn’t mean nothing else is recyclable. There’s a program, for example, that collects unwanted Barbie dolls — but only the Barbie brand. Another program accepts eyeglasses, and yet another takes crayons. Similarly, there are ways to recycle everything from Legos to charging cords and wet suits to empty deodorant containers.
But identifying these programs, and then schlepping items to individual collection points, could turn recycling into a full-time job.
The Sustainability Market was created to simplify the process by establishing a one-stop drop-off point for myriad programs.
The latest such market will take place Sunday in the North Center neighborhood, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4100 N. Damen Ave.
Market organizers maintain a list of accepted items and any special instructions required to prep an item for drop-off.
Sunday’s market is also incorporating a special emphasis on textiles, from mending to re-purposing to recycling items not acceptable for donation.
The Sustainability Market operates under the umbrella of Reduce Waste Chicago. Upcoming events, in addition to the October market, including a book and clothing swap in partnership with University of Illinois-Chicago on Sept. 28, and Reusa-a-Palooza at The Plant on Oct. 2.