Ray Kozicz, a Streets and Sanitation worker, demonstrates how the blue containers are dumped, after an announcement of new recycling efforts at a news conference at Margate Park on Friday. photo by Charles Osgood
By Laurie Cohen and Kristen Kridel, Chicago Tribune
Mayor Richard Daley's controversial blue bag recycling program will end this summer, and the city will expand suburban-style recycling across the city by 2011.
City Hall slowly has been moving toward replacing the blue bag program, which has been marked by cronyism and lack of participation, and has been a continuing embarrassment for Daley, who prides himself on being one of the country's greenest mayors.
Environmentalists said the blue bag program, which began in 1995, was so bad that they aren't concerned that its demise leaves the city without another system fully in place for the next few years.
"The blue bag program was so ineffective it's a minimal loss," said Julie Dick, president of the Chicago Recycling Coalition, which has long pushed the city to adopt suburban-style recycling.