The 49th Ward Green Corps and I launched a petition drive Sunday to urge the City of Chicago to expand the City’s “Blue Cart” Recycling Program to Rogers Park and other Chicago neighborhoods that do not enjoy the benefits of curbside or alley recycling.
We kicked off the petition drive at the 49th Ward’s Streets and Sanitation yard at 6441 N. Ravenswood, where the City has placed large blue dumpsters to collect recyclables brought in by local residents. The volunteers and I took advantage of the summer-like weather to collect signatures from the steady stream of residents who brought their recyclables to the site. The dumpsters are constantly overflowing, a visible testament to the strong commitment of 49th Ward residents to recycling.
If you would like to help bring blue cart recycling to the 49th Ward, join our petition drive! Reply to this e-mail or contact 49th Ward Green Corps Facilitator, Bob Fuller, at email@example.com.
You can also download a copy of the petition by clicking on the attachment below.
Make as many copies as you would like and start collecting signatures from your neighbors and friends. Please bring your completed sheets to my 49th Ward Service Office at 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis). If you bring them after office hours, simply slip them through the mail slot at the right hand side of the door. Make sure you let us know who you are by providing your name and contact information with the completed petitions.
We are collecting signatures between now and June 1st, but try to complete your petitions as soon as possible.
The Blue Cart Recycling Program provides bi-weekly recycling curbside services to certain select areas of the City. Mayor Richard Daley initiated the Blue Cart program on a pilot basis in 2007 with a pledge to cover the entire city by 2012. However, expansion of the program soon stalled and today only about one-third of Chicago households enjoy the benefits of Blue Cart Recycling.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced recently the expansion of Blue Cart Recycling to 20,000 additional city households, but blue carts have not yet been distributed to any far north side neighborhoods, including Rogers Park.
Residents of those neighborhoods who wish to recycle must carry their collected recyclables (by car or public transportation) to a drop-off location. According to City records, the Ravenswood location collects more recyclables by weight than almost any other drop-off site in Chicago and it is often over-loaded, due to its regular use by thousands of committed recyclers.
For years, Chicago has been divided into a city of haves and have nots–one third of City residents enjoy the benefits of curbside or alley pick-up of their recyclables, while the remaining two-thirds of Chicago residents are left to fend for themselves. Those without recycling services must either haul their recyclable materials to one of the City’s recycling drop-off centers or simply not recycle at all.
This is particularly burdensome for 49th Ward residents. The 49th Ward boasts a high concentration of environmentally-minded residents and many of them do not own automobiles, which makes taking their recyclables to the drop-off center a real hardship.
I was one of the few aldermen to vote against the failed mixed-garbage-and-waste Blue Bag Recycling Program introduced by Mayor Daley in 1992. I later introduced a City Council measure that would end the program and initiate source-separated recycling.
Mayor Emanuel has demonstrated his commitment to the environment, and his competitive bidding program for delivering city services may yield funds to support continued expansion of the Blue Cart program. I know he understands the importance of quality recycling for our city and I’m fully confident he will fully support our demand for quality recycling in our neighborhood in the very near future.
I invite you to join me in our effort. Sign up for our petition drive to bring the Blue Bins to the 49th Ward! Reply to this e-mail, contact Bob Fuller at firstname.lastname@example.org, or download your own petitions by clicking on the attachment below:
Together we can bring the blue carts to the 49th Ward!