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Chicago’s Waste Recycling is at Nine Percent

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Less than nine percent of waste in Chicago is recycled. Officials are looking into a new contract with private firms in hopes to boost the city’s recycling rate in coming years. The new three-year contract, currently in the procurement stage with private firms, is set to begin in January.

Today, the city’s recycling collection is broken into six service areas. Waste Management and SIMS Metal Management handle four zones, while the city’s Streets and Sanitation Department handle the two other zones.

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