City of Chicago announces recycling expansion

June 4, 2013 (CHICAGO)

It is the second phase of the citywide recycling expansion, which officials say is a key 2013 budget initiative for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The blue cart recycling program provides bi-weekly recycling collection services to residents who live in single family homes, as well as two, three and four-flat buildings. Currently, 390,000 households receive blue cart recycling service, according to the city.

Officials said that residents who live within the boundaries of the expansion area will begin receiving carts on June 11 and recycling collection services will begin on June 24 or July 1, depending on the service area.

According to the city, all blue carts will be delivered to the front of buildings, enabling crews to assign the cart's radio frequency identification tag to the correct street address. Carts will contain educational literature about the blue cart recycling program and a service schedule.

The city says implementing a managed competition for recycling services decreased recycling costs by $4.7 million and paved the way for the citywide recycling expansion.

For more information about the blue cart recycling program, resident can call 311 or visit

The city is also inviting residents to participate in any of the upcoming community meetings about blue cart recycling:

June 11, 7 p.m.
Brighton Park Library
4314 S. Archer Ave.

June 13, 6:30 p.m.
Jeffery Manor Library
2401 E. 100th St.

June 17, 6:30 p.m.
North Austin
5724 W. North Ave.

June 17, 7 p.m.
Toman Library
2708 S. Pulaski Rd.

June 18, 6:30 p.m.
Hegewisch Library
3048 E. 130th St.

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