Why Can't Chicago Recycle?

09/21/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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Here's how recycling in Chicago works now--or, rather, how it doesn't:

If you live in a residential building with four or fewer units, you're supposed to put your recyclables into blue carts and set them out by your trash every two weeks--though in some areas pickup has been slowed to once every three weeks, and in most neighborhoods there are no blue carts yet. If you don't have a blue cart, you can take your recyclables to one of the city's 33 drop-off centers and hope the bins there aren't already too full.

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