- Currently only about one-third of the city actually has a blue bin because the city ran out of money to fund the program city-wide.
- Secondly, if you don't get your regular waste hauled away by the city, you'll never get a blue bin - like people living in condo buildings that hire private waste haulers.
Now that I live over in West Town in a three-story walk-up, I should have a blue bin, but the program never got expanded to my neighborhood. This means I have to haul away my own recycling to a huge public receptacle miles away from where I live. This is what is looks like in my kitchen right now.
Gross. Plus, how unsustainable is it for people to have to drive their recycling all over town!
I testified about how ridiculous this is at a Chicago City Council meeting Monday. It was a meeting to discuss an order recently proposed by Alderman Tom Allen that would expand the blue cart program to all Chicago neighborhoods by this fall.
Read my article about what happened at the meeting over at MINDFUL METROPOLIS: ALDERMAN PUSH FOR EXPANSION OF THE BLUE CART PROGRAM.
Plus, Micah Maidenburg quoted me in his RECYCLING STORY FOR CHICAGO JOURNAL.
In other news, here are some pics of Peanut playing hugs and kisses with a friend at the doggy beach. The real question is, can you tell which one is peanut?