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Chicago To Expand Recycling ProgramChicago To Expand Recycling Program

Allan Gerlat

February 21, 2013

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Chicago To Expand Recycling Program

Chicago will expand its recycling program citywide beginning in March, adding 131,000 households.

The city said in a news release that its blue-cart biweekly recycling collection program should complete its expansion to include 340,000 households by the fall.

The recycling program in each of the six city service areas will gradually expand the number of households receiving new recycling service. Chicago’s recycling service providers include the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation, Sims Municipal Recycling, with contracts in Chicago and New York City, and Houston-based Waste Management Inc.

 “Chicago will no longer be a tale of two cities when it comes to recycling,” said Chicago Mayor Rahim Emanuel.  “Adopting new strategies will allow us to expand blue cart recycling to every community in 2013, and residents will soon have greater access to recycling services, which will make Chicago a greener, more environmentally friendly city.”

The city also is launching a public outreach campaign to increase participation in the recycling program.

In October 2011, Emanuel implemented a managed competition for recycling services in an effort to create efficiencies and reduce costs. In one year, the competition decreased recycling costs by $4.7 million. The city projects an annual investment of $19.2 million for citywide recycling operations, compared with $31.1 million without adopting managed competition.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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