The Sun-Times‘s Fran Spielman reported Wednesday something that’s been rumbling around City Hall for some time: the city may move to privatize curbside recycling because it doesn’t have the money to expand its blue cart program citywide.

By “some time” I mean 23 years. It was 1987 when Harold Washington first proposed enlisting private firms to pick up recyclable materials from the 700,000 homes served by city garbage crews.