Chicago Recycling Coalition (Chicago, IL)


  • Name:Matthew Shapiro
  • Title:Board Member

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Chicago Recycling Coalition
  • Address:PO Box 87442
    Chicago, IL 60680-0442
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:773-307-2801

Organization Web

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  • Mission:
  • The Chicago Recycling Coalition champions environmentally and fiscally sound management of solid waste through research, education, and advocacy, emphasizing waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, and buying recycled.

  • Overview:
  • The Chicago Recycling Coalition champions environmentally and fiscally sound management of solid waste through research, education, and advocacy, emphasizing waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, and buying recycled. We also work to serve the community in an educational and advisory capacity. As local and county governments wrestle with ever more waste and rising disposal costs, we are frequently asked to share our expertise on issues ranging from institutional recycling programs to the purchase of recycled products. For the media, we are regularly contacted as a reliable source of recycling history, political insights, and hard facts. We're not a huge organization, and all of us are volunteers. But that doesn't keep us from consistently and effectively promoting responsible source-separated recycling and composting for Chicago's residents, businesses, and schools.

    Our website and social media outlets are the most utilized sources of information for people living in Chicago. We offer, for example, a "Recycle Your Stuff, A to Z" webpage, which describes how there are so many materials that we use in our daily lives, but after their usefulness to us is done, (the can of soda is empty, that old computer is sitting in the basement), each and every item needs to find another “home.” It may be a recycling drop-off site, or your local school, or a household hazardous waste collection.

    This A-Z listing is to help individuals find solutions to most daily problems of reusing, recycling, and disposal. It may also convince individuals to use less of a product, once s/he reads about the extent of its environmental impact. The Chicago Recycling Coalition does not endorse or guarantee the products or services of the businesses and organizations that are included in this list. Nor do we pretend that this list is complete; it continues to be a work in progress. We have done our best to supply responsible citizens with as much useful and usable information as possible. As always, we welcome any additions, corrections, and comments.

    We also provide on the website a "Reduce and Reuse Overview." There are three "R's" to waste management. Recycling is crucial, but it comes after the other two--reduce and reuse. If we can cut down on our consumption of "stuff," we're way ahead of the game. If we can reuse the stuff we buy, we're beating the game. That's why these options are so important to those of us who believe in recycling.

  • History:
  • Back in the early 1980s, the Chicago Recycling Coalition first began as the Coalition for Appropriate Waste Disposal. One of our initial efforts was advocating for a landfill moratorium in Chicago. It was passed by the City Council in 1984 and is still in effect. Another successful campaign was in the mid-nineties, when we worked together with other community groups to shut down Chicago's last municipal waste incinerator.

    In the early nineties, we also advocated for responsible source-separated municipal recycling programs for the city. The result was an excellent recycling ordinance passed for commercial buildings and larger apartment complexes. But at the same time, the City Council, under pressure from Mayor Daley, instituted the blue bag program, which asked residents to mix bags of garbage and recycling together in one bin.

    We won that battle. The city began the change to blue cart recycling in May of 2008. Budget constraints halted the roll out until the end of 2013/early 2014. Now we have the job of seeing that this system improves over time for the entire city, including composting and curbside pick-up for multi-unit buildings.

    Today we continue to educate and advocate through our newsletter, website, and special events. When new concerns arise, such as the recently floated proposal to ban plastic bags in Chicago, we voice our concerns to the City Council and other concerned parties. You can read CRC President Mike Nowak's concerns at the following webpage:

  • Year established:1980
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:9
  • Staff size:2

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Adam Goldstein

    Jo Patton

    Julie Samuels

    Michelle Thoma

    Anthony Star

    Betsy Vandercook

    M. Hope Whitfield

    Carl Zimring

    Matthew Shapiro

    Carter O'Brien

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Michael Nowak, President


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:None
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:36-3765996

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:363765996
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 87442
  • Organization City:CHICAGO
  • Organization State:IL
  • Organization Zip:60680-0442
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:September, 1991
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):529
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Advocacy Attempt to influence public opinion concerning Ecology or conservation
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C012
  • Asset Amount:$0
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  • Income Amount:$0
  • Income Code:
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$0
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:10:14 pm

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