BGA: Mayor’s ‘Crackdown’ To Boost City Recycling Never Happened

recycling
The first citywide recycling program debuted in 1995, and required residents to throw their recycling in special blue, plastic bags before throwing the bags in the trash. Flickr/Jennifer Brandel
recycling
The first citywide recycling program debuted in 1995, and required residents to throw their recycling in special blue, plastic bags before throwing the bags in the trash. Flickr/Jennifer Brandel

BGA: Mayor’s ‘Crackdown’ To Boost City Recycling Never Happened

Back in the summer of 2016, when Chicago’s recycling rate was 13 percent, Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a crackdown on the city’s larger residential and commercial buildings. The plan called for more rigorous inspections and steep daily fines for landlords who failed to provide recycling services for residents.

But the Better Government Association says that crackdown… never happened. And now, Chicago’s recycling rate stands at just 9 percent.

And according to the BGA, the vast majority of Chicago’s 77,000 larger residential and commercial buildings were never inspected or were let off the hook completely.

Morning Shift sits down with Madison Hopkins, reporter for the BGA, for more on the investigation’s findings.

GUEST: Madison Hopkins, investigative reporter for the Better Government Association

LEARN MORE: How Many Of Chicago’s 77,000 Big Buildings Recycle? Nobody Knows. (BGA, 5/8/19)