Main Office
69 W Washington Street Room 1900
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone Number
(312) 603-8200
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UPDATE: Our office at 69 W. Washington St. is open, but with limited staffing to encourage social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19.  However, services are still being provided. 

REPORTS AND PERMITS: You may still apply for solid waste permits or submit solid waste or liquid hazardous waste reports online by clicking here. To assist businesses during the COVID-19 response, the department is extending due dates for the following fees and reports:

  • Recycling Facility Permit Application
    • permit expires June 1 of each year, new application due date July 15 2020
  • Clean Construction Demolition Debris (CCDD) Fill Operation Permit Application
    • permit expires July 1 of each year, new application due date August 15 2020
  • Hauler or Non-Residential Hauler or Transfer Station Reports
    • 1st quarter new due date July 31 2020
    • 2nd quarter due July 31 each year (no change)
    • 3rd quarter due October 31 each year (no change)
    • 4th quarter due January 31 each year (no change)
  • Recycling or CCDD Activities Report
    • 1st half due August 31 each year (no change)
    • 2nd half due February 28 each year (no change)
  • Liquid Hazardous Waste Report and applicable fee
    • New due date July 1 2020

For questions or concerns email WasteandRecycling@cookcountyil.gov or call 312-603-8212.

All reports, permits, and applicable fees for solid waste and recycling will be submitted through the new electronic permit processing portal. Physical checks will no longer be accepted by the department; if checks are mailed to the department they will be returned to sender. Accepted payment options are credit card or electronic check. Additionally, all reporting will be submitted through the portal as well.  You may find the Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance here.

Open position: The Solid Waste Program Coordinator position is open for hire. For the job description see the link in the downloads to the right.

As of December 1, 2017, the Cook County Department of Environmental Control is now the Department of Environment and Sustainability.