With a drop in recycling rates, Chicago is wondering: how come no one cares anymore? The city’s “blue bag” program, introduced in 1995, sells bags for recyclables that are collected alongside regular trash. Last year, 90,000 tons filtered through, compared to 126,000 in 2000.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Mayor Richard Daley says it’s not working because Chicagoans are apathetic. (Way to inspire ’em, Dick!) Critics, meanwhile, say the method is inconvenient, the bags break, and people think their goods — and goodwill — are just bound for the trash compactor. Oh yeah, and much of the waste has been recycled right into a field in Indiana.
One Chicago TV station offers an interesting comparison between recycling in the Windy City and the Big Apple. How’s it going in your neck of the woods?