Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation is preparing to launch a public service campaign with the hope of changing one key statistic: the city’s embarrassingly low recyling rate of less than 10 percent.
The percentage of Chicago’s total waste that is recycled through the city’s blue cart program: 9.71 percent.
By comparison, cities like San Francisco and Seattle have recycling rates near 60 percent.
As the city looks to boost recycling efforts, Chicago Tonight toured a recycling facility in Forest View where many of the city’s recyclables are delivered, sorted and shipped off to companies that purchase aluminum, plastics and other recycled materials.
Here are a few more numbers related to Chicago recycling at the Forest View facility.
June 27: What happens to Chicago’s recycling after it’s hauled away from neighborhood alleys and sidewalks? We tour a massive processing facility and watch sorting in action.
June 26: About 5,000 tons of trash from the Chicago area is dumped every day at a landfill in Livingston County, but hardly any of it goes to waste. How yesterday’s trash becomes tomorrow’s energy.
June 26: From lost jewelry to criminal evidence, a Pontiac landfill that receives trash from Chicago has plenty of bizarre waste stories.