Municipal recycling questions

Mehrdad Azemun (
Fri, 22 Jan 1999 16:53:17 -0500

Hi folks:

A few quick questions--most of you are probably aware of the
controversial Blue Bag recycling program in Chicago. If you haven't
seen the news, Waste Management was recently penalized by City Hall for
landfilling recyclables during the months of January and February.

So my questions are:

*Have any of you read of any contractor (WMX or othewise) landfilling
recyclables during that same period this year, becuase of the slight
slump in markets?
*What kinds of measurements of cost-effectiveness have you seen for
municipal recycling programs? I know it's impossible to come up with an
apple-to-apple comparison, but we're trying to see how our supposedly
cheap program stacks up to other cities.

That's all for now. Please send replies directly to me at
Thanks much! Mehrdad Azemun, Chicago Recycling Coalition