John Wawrzaszek | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Why Can't Chicago Recycle?

As some who works in the recycling industry, I can comment that if the city dumps its materials from blue cart to truck to the MRF (material recovery facility) owned by Resource Management, then yes the material does get sorted by commodity (plastic, aluminum, glass, fiber). The real concerns shouldn't be does it get recycled rather will the recycling be collected. Park District clean up, over flowing alley bins, not enough wards covered by programs, overflowing roll-off dumpsters at drop off sites, these are the main issues. I have been a Chicagoan all my life and understand our deep rooted apathy and bitterness. And I despise all the wasteful behaviors and lip service we give to this issue, but I trudge along doing my part because I know it actually matters. If we all did our part, the whole city would pay attention. It's a behavioral change that will usher in political change. Look at this discussion, it wasn't happening as frequently 10 years ago, but now it happens weekly in some publication, blog, etc. When behaviors change people change with it.
One last note, I do agree with the underlying point that DeadFish brings up. I believe it was one of resource conservation and minimization. If we carried reusable bottles, canned our own food from backyard gardens, purchasing products with less packaging or no packing at all, etc we would produce less waste making many of these points mute. But again, this speaks to my aforementioned be behavioral change. The small percentage of people that get this, practice this. And I believe that percentage is growing.
Thanks,
John Wawrzaszek

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Posted by John Wawrzaszek on 07/27/2010 at 12:14 PM

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