My experience recycling in Chicago has not been easy, and I have written about it every step of the way.
Just getting a blue cart for our building was a challenge. I mean, it took 79 days, and numerous follow ups for it to arrive on our curb.
- How Long Will It Take to Receive My Blue Cart? Part 1
- How Long Will It Take to Receive My Blue Cart? Part 2
- 79 Days to Receive My Blue Cart
But once the blue cart arrived, it was not smooth sailing.
For a while, I was placated by the multiple notes I noticed taped to the carts, to serve as a reminder that they are for recycling only. I was comforted that someone cared enough to write the note but also annoyed that they were necessary in the first place.
After that, the city-wide recycling drop-off centers began to be phased out and the City released a video showing why plastic grocery bags do not go into your blue cart (Spoiler Alert: It seriously messes up the machinery.)
A few months went by without too much excitement, but that must have been the calm before the storm. Our maintenance has had trouble understanding how recycling works, making it even more frustrating, thus why so many blog posts were necessary.
- A Recycling Conspiracy
- A Recycling Conspiracy Solved
- My Work Here is Done (Probably Not)
- The Never Ending Recycling Saga
- The Never Ending Recycling Saga Part II: Caught in the Act
Hopefully, now that we are nearing the anniversary of the beginning of this struggle, I the next year should be less eventful.
I promise to keep you updated.