Lea Stewart

Was This Free Chicago Recycling Program Squashed by City Politics?

by , 03/05/12

It is also noteworthy that Alderman Moreno has been the city’s most active Alderman (there are 50 in total) when it comes to sustainable initiatives. For example, he has supported pilot program for permeable “Green Alleys,” stood behind the construction of the LEED certified Green Exchange, and incentivized neighborhood condo buildings to hire private recycling services with a refuse rebate program. Would anyone think an Alderman known throughout the city for his green leadership would really be trying to use a recycling program to benefit his own campaign?

Decide for yourself if the cans were removed due to Moreno’s bad practices or if this was a case of the government pulling a political maneuver against the Alderman. The true victims of the squabble are residents of the 1st Ward (this writer included) and the environment, since free access to recycling at bus stops and busy intersection has been wiped out.

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  1. Replibacon March 8, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    These cans were nothing more than vessels for advertising hidden behind a recycling initiative. They were placed along the lakefront in such laughably impractical abundance that it was impossible to imagine that they’d ever be used. They were situated usually no more than 30 yards apart all along the trail, where people tend to be mobile and thus not really carrying any garbage at all. It was all just a really obvious way to make money off the prime lakefront visual real estate.

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