CHICAGO — Some of the last areas in the city without Blue Cart recycling will finally get the service starting in October.
The city notified residents on the Near West Side and the South Loop that blue carts to be used in the program will be delivered to their blocks starting as soon as Oct. 7. Recycling service will start as soon as Oct. 21.
In a notification sent to residents last week, the city said the rollout will cover homes in an area bordered by Western Avenue, Cermak Road and Lake Shore Drive, with a northern border of the Eisenhower Expressway for homes west of Canal Street and Van Buren Street/Congress Plaza/Harrison Street for those living east of Canal.
The city said residences that are already serviced curbside for garbage pickup will have recycling collected the same day as garbage, but every other week. For homes that have alley service, "please put your blue cart in the alley during your entire collection week," city officials said on the Blue Cart webpage.
For those living in Chinatown, pickup begins Oct. 28 for homes in an area bordered by Western, Cermak, Lake Shore Drive and 31st Street.
In February, the city began servicing areas of the city that had long been without recycling pickups after expansion of the program had stalled because of budget constraints. At the time city officials said they planned to have all residents eligible for pickup serviced by the end of 2013.
For a list of what can be put in the blue carts, click here.