Monday, October 23, 2006

Blue Bags Officially a Failure

  • If suburban-style, curbside recycling succeeds in a few select wards, then blue bins ultimately could replace blue bags across Chicago, Mayor Richard Daley's top aide for environmental issues said Saturday.
  • As city officials announced the pilot curbside recycling program in seven wards, they also revealed that they will give residents another alternative to using blue bags by setting up 15 recycling drop-off centers at parks and other city facilities this month.
Not only does the mayor want you to sort your garbage (not a bad idea in and of itself) but now they want you to carry it to one of the 15 recycling centers being set up across the city? So do we get paid for the aluminum and steel and cardboard we bring over? Do we get tax credits? A little something for the effort? Nothing?

How many more patronage jobs are being created with this monstrosity? How many garbage men are they going to cut? And who is making the profits off of this endeavor? Because the city doesn't do anything unless there's a buck to be made in the contracting aspect.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who has the Waste Management contract because that is who handles the recyclables? The original Waste Mgmt. company used by Daley was corrupt, changed their name and then moved on.

Anyone in the 19th ward and other connected wards should be happy. You all helped to make it happen again only this time on a wider scale with potentially bigger bins, bully to ya! There is always a angle when Daley goes spin think.

10/22/2006 11:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Garbage in, garbage out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10/23/2006 01:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just read the Ill FOP Blue Line Mag. They have seemed to have endorsed every asshole democrat in the state. Blago, Quinn, Madigan, Hynes Bean Duckworth etc.

Who in the hell is Ted Street and Donahue working for, it sure isn't Lodge #7 or any other FOP member.

I will do my best to vote against every FOP endorsement which means every anti-American democrat on Nov. 7.

10/23/2006 01:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I moved from NY ten years ago. We sorted our cans and newspapers and placed them in a separate containers which were dumped in a separate trailer attached to the garbage truck. We felt like we were making a difference for the enviorment. I moved here and began using blue bags, but never felt confident that the recylables would keep separate from the rest of the garbage. Hopefully this new effort will work.

10/23/2006 04:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets see it work on the westside! Will it work NOO maybe the libs up north will do it! daley does it agian which friends get more millions while he takes away everything from cpd! He must go either to jail or be voted out!

10/23/2006 04:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ever look at how the garbage is collected? Everything gets dumped into the same truck, compacted and mixed.......

Think the new Blue Dumpsters will be collected differently?

10/23/2006 06:20:00 AM  
Blogger leftisthebest said...

Yea, God forbid we'd want to clean up the environment, right M? The environment that has been polluted for decades by rich corporations that care less about the communities they harm.

Why should we get a tax credit credit for doing the right thing? Typical Republican philosophy, you have to get something to do something.

10/23/2006 07:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Extra Extra, Read all about it!

One squad from each sector will tow a blue trailer. During each tour, it will scour the alleys for recyclables while on patrol. Anything valuable will be presented to the Watch Commander who will ultimately decide if the D.C. gets it.
Any Golden Calfs will be sent to 35th & Mich. for Fat Phil.
This will reduce garage burglaries and tagging while giving our officers plenty of exercise and reducing the number of streets and sanitation workers.
Hell, were already garbagemen, cleaning up all this city's mess.

10/23/2006 09:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a way we can block lefty?? Really starting to grate on my nerves...and I'm a really patient human being!

10/23/2006 09:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, on the bright side, seeing as how the new canisters are probbably going into the same garbage truck anyway, at least we all get a new garbage can...

10/23/2006 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I absolutely refuse to use the blue bags, and if they implement the bins, I will not use them either. What are they going to do? Sned the Rea Two Gun Team after me?

10/23/2006 01:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Da Mayor will soon have the police officers driving through the alleys and have us pick up the blue bags. Were gonna gave a blue bag sign off sheet at checkoff.
A new mission along with our DOC Area and seat belt missions will be the BBD (Blue Bag Disposal) cpd form 1121 to fill out and turn into the aldermans office.
We are also going to put ourself down for the last half hour of the tour to go through the blue bag to insure no biohazard materials are there. If there are, Notification to the First dep ASAP.
since Michigan is not a promise to comply, we will also have to pick out all the cans and glass from Michigan. They are worth 20 cents and will be turned in to the ACLU for proper distrubution.

10/23/2006 01:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iv'e got a better idea. Take your garbage to your alderman's front yard and dumpt it. Problem solved.

10/23/2006 01:54:00 PM  
Anonymous garbage recycle history said...

Names pop up like Washington and Burke.
Since the onset of the program it's been wracked with problems. Part of the program is the recycle portion and it became a Daley affection just like the parks. There's been corruption within Waste Mgmt brought to you by unsavory characters. Below is just a brief history of Waste Mgmt. and recycling since 2003. It has not been working and it appears the city owns some of the facilities.

Why are so many people confused about three factors help for the environment, mismanagement and the need for revenue. Bottom line it embraces all but the revenue is the driving factor with the contracts. There were different trucks that picked up the recyclables during the small blue bin era in the 90's. It does not appear to me that SCC is not environmentally friendly he has just done his homework. Their are many of us that know the true back ground of Waste Mgmt. Heck they made a show about it just to entertain you, it was called The Sopranos. The blue bins were piloted in the 90's in certain connected wards not just in 05 then came the blue bags, then the large brown lawn bags. Then came the peddlers and shopping carts for your nicely divided garbage in areas where they had never been seen before. This is a mutant monster Gerbil on a tread mill.

February 2003
The operation of the City’s sorting facilities changes hands from Waste Management to Allied Waste, which offers a lower bid to the City to manage the facilities. Three sorting facilities continue to be owned by the city; the fourth facility is owned by Allied. (This is its plant at 64th Street.) The processing of mixed waste and recycling remains the same.[15]

Faced with a declining recycling rate, the city initiates a one-ward pilot program in February, where residents of the 47th ward are offered stickers to put on regular garbage or shopping bags to turn them into “recycling bags.” These can be used in place of the traditional blue bags. Then in June, a second pilot is announced, where Dominick’s and Walgreens customers receive their merchandise in blue bags that they can use at home for recycling. Whole Foods starts offering blue bags in November. All of these pilots are criticized by the CRC, aldermen, and the media as ineffective band-aid solutions.

January 2005
In 2004, the City of Chicago had over 87,000 tons of screened garbage (they call it “screened yard waste”) hauled to an Indiana farm called Back 2 Basics. Due to an investigation by the Chicago Tribune, the farm is temporarily shut down by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management for illegal dumping, but then reopens. It is shut down again at the beginning of March.

April 2005
The City begins a small pilot program in the 19th ward where two bins (one for recyclables, one for garbage) are placed behind each residence. The materials are collected by separate trucks and the recyclables hauled to a dedicated recycling facility. This is the type of program that the Chicago Recycling Coalition has been demanding for the past decade. The CRC supports the pilot program and continues to work for its expansion to all neighborhoods throughout the city.
June 2005
The Chicago City Council passes an ordinance banning the expansion or siting of new landfills in city for the next 20 years. The ordinance was sponsored by Alderman John Pope (10th) and passed with overwhelming community support.


[1] Harold Henderson, “Talking Trash,” Chicago Reader, April 14, 1995.

[2]David Moberg, “Garbage: The City’s Blue Bag Recycling Program Stinks,” Chicago Reader, September 20, 1991.

[3] Moberg, “Garbage.”

[4] For complete text, see: Illinois General Assembly at: and go to: “Health and Safety – Environmental Safety.”

[5] Ibid.

10/23/2006 03:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the ghetto areas do it, I will do it. Somehow they will be excluded from this program or they will have to fund more money to educate them on this new program. I'm sure the city will be paying more money for this to fly.

10/23/2006 05:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why no Blue Cans in the 41st ward ?
Plese send them up North. Alderman Dorghty will fill one every weekend on Northwest Hwy !!!

10/23/2006 05:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you guys need to protect the envireonment
to wait for the ghettos means that youre stooping to t heir ghetto level

10/23/2006 10:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blue bags? Blue cans? What a laugh. Even been in an alley in K/town? These mutts dont use the regular garbage cans, why the hell should they start using the Blue B.S. stuff? Just toss it on the grouhd, someone will come around and pick it up sooner or later.

Sooner if it's around election time.

10/24/2006 08:16:00 PM  

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