Chicago Recycling Coalition

Talkin' Trash with the Chicago Recycling Coalition

By Carter O’Brien, featuring Adam Minter, author of Junkyard Planet and a Shanghai-based reporter for Bloomberg View. 


Click on the link to learn what is really happening with your used pizza boxes and iPhones, insights regarding the movement to cans over bottles , and what we can all do about it.


On August 27, 2015 the Chicago Legal Clinic sent a demand letter to the City of Chicago on behalf of the Chicago Recycling Coalition and numerous other environmental and for-profit organizations demanding that the City comply with the Illinois Environmental Protection Act which banned the landfilling of landscape waste in 1990.

On November 19, 2015 WBEZ featured a story by Shannon Heffernan entitled Is Chicago Breaking a State Yard Waste Law?


...It’s against the law in Illinois to put yard waste, like leaves and sticks, into a landfill. But because of choices made by the city of Chicago, that is exactly where a lot of our yard waste is ending up.

A video from the City of Chicago’s website explains that residents should place yard waste in a paper bag and put it in the alley. The video clearly says special trucks drive through the alleys on a regular schedule looking for yard bags.


On November 20, 2015, DNA Info's Alex Nitkin ran a followup entitled You Have to Call 311 to Have Yard Waste Picked Up, City Says

...City garbage trucks will drive past bags of yard waste unless their owner first calls 311 to arrange a pickup, an official said Thursday.

The Department of Streets and Sanitation is disputing a Thursday WBEZ report that said garbage trucks were picking up yard waste, which would violate state law by bringing leaves and branches to a landfill.

"If someone wants to have their yard waste picked up, all they have to do is leave it in a separate bag from the rest of their trash, then it's as easy as calling 311," Streets and Sanitation spokeswoman Jennifer Martinez said. "Then we'll send out a separate truck to have it picked up and composted." WBEZ, however, has a photo of a Streets and San worker putting yard waste in a garbage truck.

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