Recycling and Waste Reduction Opportunity Assessment: Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingTechnical report


The Forest Preserve District of Cook County (District) is committed to protecting Chicagoland ecosystems for future generations to enjoy. Through environmental stewardship and educational programs, the District makes natural areas accessible to all of the region’s citizens, classrooms and visitors. Furthermore, the District’s 2014 Next Century Conservation Plan shows a clear commitment to engaging both staff and the public in caring for our natural resources. When asked about behaviors that help preserve and protect the environment, Americans overwhelmingly cite recycling as something they do. Most people confront material waste – from discarded food packaging to unwanted electronics – every single day. Thus, recycling and waste reduction are tangible actions that communicate environmental stewardship and awareness to all people. This is a key reason why the District is working to increase recycling and waste reduction across District operations. In 2014, the District engaged the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) in launching a project to understand the current state of materials management operations, assess opportunities for improvement and take steps toward making the District a national leader in waste reduction practices.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationChampaign, IL
PublisherIllinois Sustainable Technology Center
StatePublished - Dec 2014

Publication series

NameForest Preserve of Cook County
NameZero Waste Project Report


  • Forest preserves -- Recycling
  • Forest preserves -- Pollution prevention
  • Parks -- Recycling
  • Parks -- Pollution prevention


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