Joining the Mayor and me at the launch was (left to right) 50th Ward Alderman Debra Silverstein, whose ward, together with the 49th Ward, will be the first in line for the expanded program. and41st Ward Alderman Mary O’Connor, whose ward will be receiving the blue carts later in the year.
As I announced last week, every 49th Ward household that currently receives City garbage pick-up will now participate in the Blue Cart Recycling Program. This means 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 on a bi-weekly basis.
I’m sponsoring an informational meeting about Blue Cart Recycling TONIGHT (Wednesday, February 20th, 7:00 p.m.,) at the Rogers Park Library, 6907 N. Clark (at Farwell), 2nd Floor. Officials from the City of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation will be present to provide you with information about the program, including the type of material that can be recycled and your collection schedule.
“Chicago will no longer be a tale of two cities when it comes to recycling,” Mayor Emanuel said. “Adopting new strategies will allow us to expand Blue Cart Recycling to every community in 2013, beginning with the 49th and 50th Wards, and residents will soon have greater access to recycling services, which will make Chicago a greener, more environmentally friendly city.”
Some 49th Ward residents have already begun receiving carts and the rest will receive them by the end of next week. Recycling collection services will begin as early as Monday, March 11th.
All blue carts will be delivered to the front of homes and buildings, enabling crews to assign the cart’s radio frequency tag to the correct street address. Carts will contain educational literature about the blue cart recycling program, including information about the types of materials that can be diverted for recycling, as well as service schedule.
Once the carts are delivered, my 49th Ward Superintendent, Greg Wagner (pictured with me), will survey the Ward to make sure every eligible household has received a cart.
My office will be working with the City on a public outreach campaign to generate enthusiasm for, and participation in, the recycling program. We’re recruiting 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.
The blue cart residential recycling program is a single stream recycling system in which all recyclable materials are collected and transported together. Recyclables are picked up and transported in designated recycling trucks to avoid contamination with regular garbage.
Materials are taken to a city-approved recycling center where they are sorted into separate materials, called commodities, then baled or packaged for delivery to manufacturers who reprocess or reuse the materials to make new products.
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.