This week marks the one year anniversary of the citywide residential blue cart recycling program implemented by the Department of Streets and Sanitation and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.”Mayor Emanuel expanded the easy-to-use Residential Blue Cart Recycling Program to more than 360,000 Chicago households over eight months in 2013″, according to the Mayor’s press office.
This recycling program plays a big part in paving the way for a greener Chicago. “The City of Chicago has already collected approximately 80,000 tons of recycling citywide and is on pace to collect over 100,000 tons of recycling this year”, according to the Mayor’s press office.
EPA estimates that simply increasing our national recycling rate from its current level of 30 percent to 35 percent would reduce GHG emissions by another 10 million metric tons of carbon equivalent (MTCE). That amount is equal to the average annual emissions from the electricity consumed by roughly 4.6 million households.
The blue cart program is available to all residents of Chicago that live in a single-family home, 2-flat, 3-flat or 4-flat building.
By recycling rather than landfilling over 100,000 tons of material in 2014, Chicagoans will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 220,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.
Read more about this initiative here: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/mayor/press_room/press_releases/2014/oct/mayor-emanuel–department-of-streets-and-sanitation-celebrate-on.html