This recycling drop-off center on the Far North Side at 6441 N. Ravenswood Ave. is one of 37 in Chicago where residents can drop off their recyclables.
Chart shows percentage of households that had blue carts before the announcement of an expansion last month, and the percentage that are expected to have them by this fall. For decades, Chicago has had difficulties with implementing a lasting residential recycling program.
This apartment in Ward 46 struggles to keep recyclable materials together. Even though a specific container is for recyclables only, many residents say separating boxes and cans is too much of a hassle.
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Chicago still trying to make blue cart recycling work after years of setbacks
“Chicago will no longer be a tale of two cities when it comes to recycling. Adopting new strategies will allow us to expand blue cart recycling to every community in 2013, and residents will soon have greater access to recycling services, which will make Chicago a greener, more environmentally friendly city.”
That was Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s message last month as he announced an expansion of blue cart recycling services.
Problems persist, however, that lead some residents to forget about recycling.
“It’s still a tale of two cities when those of us at the mercy of landlords have no recycling,” said Karin Killian, who lives in an apartment building.
Chicago had a blue bag recycling program, which came to a halt in 2008 after years of failure. Under Mayor Daley’s administration, the newly introduced blue cart system was also unsuccessful, with a failed attempt at expanding it to more homes in 2011.