The Chicago Municipal Code requires apartment building owners and condominium boards in buildings of five units or more to offer their residents an effective recycling program. Unfortunately, not all owners and boards are aware of this requirement or understand how to implement it. Others provide recycling, but the program they offer is woefully inadequate.
The 49th Ward Green Corps and I are sponsoring a workshop on HOW TO BRING EFFECTIVE RECYCLING TO YOUR MULTI-UNIT BUILDING. The workshop will be held next week on Monday, June 8th, 7:00 p.m., at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf (at the Lake), 2nd Floor.
This workshop is ideal for landlords, condominium board members and individual renters and condominium owners who are interested in bringing recycling to their building or would like to improve the program they have. Rae Mindock, Primary Consultant for the Chicago Multi-Unit Recycling Study Project, will walk you through the steps of implementing an effective recycling program for your building.
In addition to outlining the city requirements, Rae will provide you with some practical advice on how to adopt a recycling program that best fits your building’s unique circumstances and needs.
To get the most out of this meeting, please try to bring, if you can, the following information:
- The number and size of garbage and recyclable containers on your property. This information can be found by checking the containers outside your building or checking your invoice from your waste hauler.
- The number of times per week the garbage and recyclables are collected. This information can be found on your waste hauling invoice or contract.
- The amount of material in the containers when they are serviced. Are the containers overflowing by the time the truck arrives, or are they only half full? Try to come up with an average volume for all your containers at collection time. For example, note whether the containers are half full (50%) or three-fourths full (75%).
- The cost to collect your garbage and recyclables. This information can be found on your waste hauling invoice or contract. Generally, this is a monthly fee.
I look forward to seeing you at this informative meeting.