Resource Recycling
Bins are placed around the 'L' system to reduce waste and encourage recycling.

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The CTA purchases recycled materials where possible to reduce overall environmental impact. In addition, our internal recycling strategies and platform recycling bins help divert waste that would otherwise end up in landfills.

  • We recycle engine oil and antifreeze at each of our seven bus garages and lead-acid batteries at our twelve rail yards. Additionally, we recycle metals from bus and rail shops, and plastic components from CTA-owned bus shelters.
  • CTA employs fluorescent bulb crushing machines at a number of maintenance facilities to process spent bulbs into recyclable glass fragments while capturing hazardous mercury vapors.
  • CTA uses bus and rail car washer systems that have built-in water recycling capabilities, saving up to 500,000 gallons of water in an average week.
  • Recycling bins for paper products, glass, plastic and aluminum containers, dry-cell batteries and plastic bags are available at various CTA office locations.
  • Newspaper recycling bins are provided for CTA customers on more than 100 rail station platforms.


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