Two locations; a nonprofit used book vendor supporting literacy programs; also takes CDs!
A great used bookstore in Logan Square; purchases volumes in good condition during certain hours only.
Chicago Books to Women in Prison
Fulfills incarcerated women's direct requests for reading material; check website for some of their specific donation needs.
Three locations; proceeds support Howard Brown Health.
Computer & Household Chemicals:
City of Chicago Goose Island Recycling Center (1150 North Branch Street)
47th Ward Alderman’s Office
As a public service, collects and donates them to local animal shelters.
Craigslist (Free Stuff section)
Assuming you don't want to sell it, items can be posted under the “free” link in the “for sale” section. I’ve used it to quickly recycle everything from moving boxes to filing cabinets and usually had multiple responses willing to come to me within minutes.
Chicago Freecycle Network
The names says it all. I haven’t personally used this resource but one of my reader’s suggested it.
Want more information, or still don’t know where to turn?
City of Chicago Recycling Information
All the basics about the City's recycling policies and services, whether residential or commercial.
What exactly is accepted in Chicago’s Blue Carts? (Not #6 plastics!) Here’s the list.
One of North America’s most extensive recycling databases. Easily searchable by material and zip code.
Chicago Recycling Coalition
Advocates for more robust recycling, the organization’s website has local recycling news and some resources.