Upcoming: “The City that Recycles”

A new podcast series that examines the state of recycling in Chicago.

August 26, 2021


Ryland Pietras

Credit: Ryland Pietras

While in grade school, most of us learned about the concept of the Three R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Of these three, recycling is the One R that is probably remembered most. 

In this series, we aim to look at recycling in Chicago. Although it is the third largest city in the country, it has one of the worst recycling rates at around 9 percent.

We want to find out why this seemingly progressive city’s program is so abysmal.

We’ll speak with folks up and down the recycling ladder. This includes the people that pick up the bins in the alleys, department heads, workers at processing facilities, green committees at universities, and people that are just passionate about recycling.

We’ll also examine what can and cannot be recycled, what other cities throughout the country are doing, and strategies to increase recycling and reduce waste in the city.

Finally, we’ll discuss the other two R’s — reducing and reusing.

Chicago has many nicknames: the Windy City, the Second City and the City of Big Shoulders. Join us in this new series as we try to add one more to that list … the City that Recycles.

To listen to the podcast visit: https://soundcloud.com/neiuindypodcast

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