12 Jul '11, 3pm

Everyone wants to know: Are your recyclables really being recycled?

Recycling potential varies by community and commodity, and those conditions change constantly in a global marketplace. During the tail end of Chicago’s much-criticized blue bag recycling program, I toured a waste facility with the city’s then-Commissioner of Streets and Sanitation (who ultimately was indicted on charges of hiring fraud, but that’s another Windy City-style story ). After smearing a good dollop of Bengay under my nose to overpower the competing scent of decaying organic trash, I watched as trucks unloaded a mix of regular and bright blue garbage bags, many torn from the compactor with contents spilling out, co-mingling the two waste streams. All material travelled along a conveyer belt where it was sorted for recyclables – first automatically by weight, then picked over by hand. SEE: How a Recycling Facility Works In theory, the city sold off the resulting c...

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