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Cook County, South Suburban College establish Center for Hard to Recycle Materials

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced the grand opening of the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM Center) at South Suburban College on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. 

The project was spearheaded by the county’s Department of Environment and Sustainability (DES) in partnership with SSC. 

The new facility provides a permanent location for residents to drop-off items for reuse or recycle that diverts waste from landfills, waterways and vacant lots. Cook County allocated nearly $1 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for the facility in order to create sustainable practices and programs that increase recycling across communities in the Southland.

“Establishing a location where residents can bring items that are not typically accepted through traditional recycling services will ultimately help our environment by keeping these items out of landfills,” Preckwinkle said. “I am grateful to South Suburban College for their partnership in ensuring critical recycling services are available to all County residents.”

The CHaRM Center is the first of its kind in Cook County. Residents can drop off materials such as electronics, textiles, used medical equipment, furniture and small appliances, Styrofoam and general household recyclables including plastic, glass, metal and paper are accepted. Materials will be refurbished or recycled.

The center will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 15800 South State Street, South Holland. It will open Tuesdays from 7 a.m. to noon, Thursdays from 2 to 7 p.m. and the second Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

As part of the grand opening of the CHaRM Center on April 22, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring a one-day household hazardous waste collection event for residents. Accepted materials include items such as old gasoline, household batteries and lawn chemicals among others.

In addition to funding for the CHaRM Center, the county has allocated more than $100 million in ARPA funding to support a clean environment for all and to fight climate change.

For more information and to view the complete list of items accepted at the CHaRM Center, visit: www.cookcountyil.gov/CHaRMCenter.

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