Chicago is a city of many facets and possibilities. One of the challenges we face is proper management of our recyclable waste. The city has launched a number of recycling programs to make recycling easier for its residents and put Chicago on the “green” map. Read the post to find out more about Chicago’s innovative recycling programs.
Recycling in Chicago – In the Bag
One of the more innovative residential waste management initiatives to be launched in the city is the “Blue Cart Recycling” program. What started as a small initiative covering seven communities in the city in 2007 is well on its way to becoming a citywide program before the end of this year.
What is Blue Cart Recycling?
It’s a program available to residents of single family homes as well as 2-flat, 3-flat, and 4-flat buildings. Because Chicago uses a single stream recycling system, residents can put all their recyclables together in specially marked blue carts available at licensed supermarkets or grocery stores. These blue carts are then picked up on a bi-weekly basis from residents’ curbside or alley depending on their garbage collection service. The recyclables are collected in specially designated trucks and transported to pre-approved recycling centers where they’re sorted and processed for reuse.
The city has enlisted private waste management and scrap recycling companies like SIMS Metal Management and Waste Management Inc. to service certain areas. You can find a detailed schedule and map on the city of Chicago’s official website.
Click here to watch the video and learn more about becoming involved in this program.
This post was supplied by Chicago Gateway Green supporter and environmental enthusiast Anne Staley.