Mayor Richard M. Daley today kicked off the Chicago Neigborhood Paper Drive and encouraged residents to participate in a pilot program for computer recycling.
"Chicago has set many goals in order to be the greenest city in the nation,” said Mayor Daley during a press conference at the City’s permanent Household Chemical and Computer Recycling Center, 1150 North Branch. “We need residents to get involved. We need people to adopt more environmentally friendly lifestyles, and recycling is a great way to start.”
The Neighborhood Paper Drive officially begins June 5, 2010 and will last approximately two weeks.
Twenty-four organizations have signed up for the competition that will be encouraging residents to drop-off mixed paper, newspapers/magazines or office paper at designated locations.
At the press conference, Mayor Daley also announced that the City of Chicago has partnered with Computers for Schools, a program by Rebuilders and Recyclers that refurbishes electronic equipment for students and others in need.
“Through this partnership we hope to keep computers out of landfills and put them into the hands of our school children.This is not only a green initiative, but also helps us bridge the digital divide,” added Daley.
Residents in seven neighborhoods throughout the city will receive notices from Computer for Schools regarding pick-up dates and times.
In addition to computers, the electronics that will be accepted include: TVs, DVD Players, VCR's, PDA's, MP3 Players, Video Equipment, & Mobile Phones
"When we make modern computer and Internet technology available across Chicago, we are improving education, creating a more modern workforce, helping small business and creating hope and opportunity for every Chicagoan," said Mayor Daley.
Except for construction and demolition debris, paper is the largest component of the city’s waste stream at 12% by weight. Over 300,000 tons of paper are available for diversion but are being land filled annually. By recycling this material, the city can make serious gains towards the Chicago Climate Action Plan goal of reducing 0.84 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.