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Chicago has long had a tortured relationship with recycling. City leaders have scrapped old programs and replaced them with new ones, but the result is the same  recycling rates in the single digits. 

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Chicago bills itself as a world-class city, but when it comes to recycling, its performance has been less than first-rate. 

Food scraps can be composted into nutrients for soil. (herb007 / Pixabay)

The University of Illinois Extension in Cook County is teaming up with the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance and Plant Chicago on a pair of compost collection events in Chicago on Saturday.

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The annual Pumpkin Smash event encourages people to compost their gourds instead of trashing them. Dozens of sites across the Chicago region will be collecting jack-o’-lanterns and gourds on Nov. 6.

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Plans are underway to keep organic waste out of Chicago's landfills, officials said.

First Home Pickup Service for Food Scraps Comes to Chicago

Jay Shefsky tells us about companies that pick up food scraps from restaurants and now from your home -- and turn them into compost. And, he takes us to an urban farm that uses that compost to grow vegetables -- and jobs.

We learn how to reduce landfill waste through the everyday art of composting.