by Elizabeth Brackett, Chicago Tonight/WTTW
Chicago has been recycling since 1995 when Mayor Richard M. Daley introduced the blue bag program, which was replaced with blue carts starting in 2005.
That program is now in effect across the city, but Chicago’s recycling rate is among the lowest in the country. The city is now trying to change that.
Elizabeth Brackett: The refuse picked up in the city’s recycling program piles up at the Lakeshore/Heartland recycling center in suburban Forest View. Lakeshore is one of three privately owned recycling centers used by the city.