The blue carts are coming to the 49th Ward!
Find out all you need to know about Blue Cart Recycling at acommunity meeting I am co-sponsoring with the City of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation. The meeting will take place this Wednesday, February 20th, 7:00 p.m., at the Rogers Park Library, 6907 N. Clark (at Farwell), 2nd Floor.
I announced last week that after a long wait, the City’s Blue Cart Recycling program is expanding to the 49th Ward. Every 49th Ward household that currently receives City garbage pick-up will now participate in Blue Cart Recycling. This means that if you live in a single family home or a two- to four-unit apartment building, your paper, bottles, cans and certain plastics will be picked up separately from your household garbage.
The City will begin dropping off the blue carts in front of homes next week and collections of recyclables will begin March 11th or March 18th, depending on the location in the ward.
For the program to succeed, it is very important to get the word out. I am working with the City to identify volunteer “Recycling Block Captains” in the 49th Ward to help spread the word about the recycling program to their neighbors, answer questions, and provide feedback to my office and the City about how the program is working in their area. The Block Captains will be provided materials to help promote the program, including yard signs and door hangers.
If you would like to volunteer to be a Recycling Block Captain in your area, please reply to this email or call my 49th Ward Service Office at 773-338-5796.
If you live in an apartment building larger than four units in size, your waste is collected by a private waste hauler and you are not eligible to participate in the Blue Cart program. However, you should know thatall rental and condominium buildings that receive private refuse collection are required by law to offer recycling to their residents.
If your building does not offer recycling collection, please advise your landlord or condominium association of their obligation under the law. If you still have trouble convincing your landlord or association to offer recycling, please contact my office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-338-5796.
For those who do not receive recycling pick-up or who wish to bring their recyclables to a drop-off center, the 49th Ward Streets and Sanitation Yard at 6441 N. Ravenswood (behind the police station on Clark Street) will continue to provide large dumpsters into which you can drop off your recyclables at any time.
I’m thrilled the blue carts are coming to the 49th Ward and knowing our neighborhood’s commitment to the environment and sustainability, I have no doubt we will have enjoy of the highest success rates in the City!