The Resource Center is has many programs including recycling, City Farm, the Creative Reuse Warehouse, perishable food recovery, and (formerly) Blackstone Bike Works.
For 35 years, the Resource Center, a non-profit environmental education organization, has led the way in demonstrating innovative techniques for recycling and reusing materials. Chicago’s first and largest non-porift recycler, the Resource Center operates four community drop-off sites and provides recycling collection services throughout the city.
With the cooperation of grocery stores and restaurants, the Resource Center collects food that they no longer wish to sell for various reasons; a recent expiration date, surplus stock, or damaged produce. Typical donations include slightly dented canned goods, lightly bruised fruit, and day old bread. They pick up donations from stores and deliver the food to homeless shelters and soup kitchens in the same neighborhood. Unique to their Perishable Food Recovery Program is that they are able to handle food that cannot be stored for a few days. They deliver food to the recipients immediately after the pick-up as opposed to gathering all the food, repackaging it, and distributing it a few days later. Additionally, they target small businesses who may not participate in larger food recovery programs because they dispose of small quantities of food.
Other programs include composting education and operations and garden assistance for Chicago residents.
They have been devoted from the beginning to the economic and educational revitalization of city neighborhoods through recycling, urban gardening, composting, and other programs that reclaim and reuse resources.
See also: City Farm