LINCOLN SQUARE — A number of options are on the table as the city considers ways to boost Chicago's dismal recycling rate, and residents are being given an opportunity to weigh in on which tactic has the best chance of success.
In the fall, the Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network partnered with the Department of Streets and Sanitation on a series of public forums aimed at getting to the bottom of Chicagoans' woeful recycling record.
A number of barriers were identified, and brainstorming sessions produced an abundance of ideas for improving recycling participation.
These ideas have been distilled into six main actions, but which should the city tackle first?
The network has opened up an online survey in which residents can help prioritize recommendations for Streets & San.
The six broad categories are:
• Produce a highly visible, clear and accessible educational marketing campaign.
• Capture and share data to create a powerful story about the impact of recycling.
• Expand strategic infrastructure and service.
• Utilize city assets to train and educate people about recycling.
• Collaborate with community-based organizations and local residents.
• Transparency, transparency, transparency.