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Oops Tags to Replace Orange Contamination Stickers in Chicago

This change is part of the city’s ongoing efforts to get more residents and businesses to recycle correctly.

Last year, Chicago's recycling rate dropped below 10 percent. In an effort to boost its recycling rate, the city launched a "blue bag buddy system" and went "back to the basics." Recently, the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation has launched a new recycling education campaign, which will replace the city’s current orange contamination stickers with oops tags later this summer. This campaign is part of the city’s ongoing efforts to get more residents and businesses to recycle correctly.

During this campaign, the city will test out two oops tags: one that will be used on bins that contain contaminated items and another that will be used on carts of bagged recyclables found on single collection routes.

DNAinfo has more:

The Department of Streets and Sanitation is switching from the stick to the carrot in its latest recycling education campaign.

Say so long to the orange "sticker of shame," used to mark blue carts contaminated with unacceptable materials (items that often cause the entire load to be treated as trash). Say hello to the "Oops" tag, expected to roll out later this summer.

The new, friendlier communication is part of Streets & San's ongoing efforts to increase the number of people participating, correctly, in the city's blue cart recycling program.

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