Zero Waste Guide
Zero Waste Resources for Chicago
There are many zero waste programs and resources near you. Whether it is a compost drop off site or a restaurant specializing in reducing food waste, we’ve gathered our favorites for the city of Chicago. Do you have a recommendation we’ve missed? Contact us here.
Zero Waste Programs
Get involved with your local community with these zero waste programs. Chicago has many options you can participate in.
Seven Generations Ahead
Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) works to build healthy and sustainable communities within the Chicago area. SGA developed a zero waste program aimed at helping schools and businesses plan and implement zero waste practices.
Chicago Public Schools
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has a goal to reduce waste and increase recycling across within the Chicago school system. CPS offers a variety of resources for schools to get started like a program for teachers to donate materials that others can re-use within their own schools.
Zero Waste Grocery Stores
Reducing package waste and encouraging bulk purchasing are two of the benefits these zero waste grocery stores offer.
Zero Waste Restaurants
Are you sure your left-overs are being composted and food waste is being reduced? We’ve rounded up our favorite zero waste restaurants here.
Cafe Robey brings the concept of zero Waste to their menu by taking food prep scraps from one meal and incorporating them into another to avoid placing that food waste into the trash.
Daisies works to incorporate zero waste practices in unique ways including purchasing “ugly fruit” from local markets to use in their Kombucha recipes. They even use leftover wine from glass pour service to create vinegar! Check out Daisies to find out more inventive ways they are reducing waste in their restaurant.
Zero Waste Events
In-person and online zero waste events are available near you. Check out what is coming up!
Compost Drop Off Sites
80 billion pounds of food is thrown away each year. Help combat food waste by dropping off your organic waste at one of these compost options.
Green City Market
Green City Market has partnered with Healthy Soil Compost to offer a food waste drop off program to Chicagoans. Residents can drop off up to five pounds of food scraps at any Green City market location for $3.
Dill Pickle Coop
Dill Pickle Coop started a drop off compost program to allow customers to bring in their buckets of food waste for just a small fee when they come in to the store.