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Chicago Mayor to Crackdown on High-Rise Scofflaws to Boost Recycling

Chicago Mayor to Crackdown on High-Rise Scofflaws to Boost Recycling

In an effort to boost recycling in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed a crackdown on scofflaws in commercial and residential high-rises. Chicago has a 20-year-old recycling ordinance, and Emanuel wants to amend it by highlighting the specific responsibilities for building owners and adding more enforcement tools.

The new ordinance would require multi-unit residential, office and commercial building owners to provide “source-separated, single stream recycling.” These owners would also be responsible for informing tenants and lease holders about the recycling ordinance by posting signs, providing carts and sending written notice to tenants about any updates to the ordinance.

Chicago Sun-Times has more information:

Residential and commercial high-rises thumbing their noses at the city’s recycling requirement would face hefty fines, under a mayoral crackdown proposed Wednesday.

During an action-packed City Council meeting dominated by the sharing economy, Mayor Rahm Emanuel quietly took aim at high-rises that have been skirting the recycling requirement.

Streets and Sanitation spokesperson Jennifer Martinez said the city has “received complaints from residents saying their buildings don’t recycle.”

​”​In order to help enforce the already existing ordinance, and give these residents the ability to recycle in high-rise and commercial buildings, Chicago needed to update the ordinance,” Martinez told the Chicago Sun-Times.

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