Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Feb. 20 that 131,000 more households will be receiving blue cart recycling services in March and April as the recycling program expands citywide, according to a city press release.
"Chicago will no longer be a tale of two cities when it comes to recycling," Emanuel said in a statement. "Adopting new strategies will allow us to expand blue cart recycling to every community in 2013, and residents will soon have greater access to recycling services, which will make Chicago a greener, more environmentally friendly city."
Currently, 260,000 households receive blue cart recycling service. To ensure a smooth transition during the program expansion, each of the six city service areas will gradually receive new recycling services throughout the expansion, according to the city.
Further expansions will be announced as collection schedules and routes are finalized. Chicago's recycling service providers are the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation, Sims Municipal Recycling and Waste Management.
The expansion is scheduled to be complete by fall, the city said.