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What happens to the trash at Pitchfork?
And how does the festival stack up against its peers on the sustainability front?
Archive dive: How recycling got its start in Chicago
Ben Joravsky with the scoop on the political struggle to bring recycling to the city.
Chicago’s dismal recycling rate punctures any sense of civic pride
Less than 10 percent of the city’s waste is diverted from landfills, while the nationwide average is 35 percent.
Barack, Michelle Obama return to Chicago for the first-ever Obama Foundation Summit, and other news
Also, Prince Harry and Michelle Obama surprise south-side students.
The truth about what happens when you recycle the wrong stuff in Chicago
Claims about truckloads of recyclables ending up in landfills have been misleading.
Around 500 O’Hare workers will strike next Tuesday, and other Chicago news
Also, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has named a new chief of staff.
Rauner calls the spring legislative session a ‘stunning failure,’ and other Chicago news
Also, a lot of Chicago recycling is probably going to the landfill.
The politics behind Chicago’s garbage bins
The City Council passed a new fee on Dumpsters—without knowing who’s going to pay, who’s going to profit, and whose idea it was.
Chicago moves to ban plastic shopping bags—if Rahm’s willing
As aldermen push their own environmental plans, will Mayor Emanuel really stand on the sideline?
The city’s other weed problem
Environmentalist Kathy Cummings files suit after being busted under the city’s lucrative weed ordinance.
A Reader columnist goes RedPlum crazy
A Reader columnist goes RedPlum crazy.
Revisiting working hard and playing hard, but not “work hard, play hard”
For Recycling Week, photo editor Andrea Bauer’s essay from July merits rereading
All week long, revisiting old Bleader writing
This week’s Variations on a Theme: recycling. Also, Kevin Warwick’s “Death by smartphone: the Pitchfork edition”
The mayor’s first year: moving forward, over and over again
Rahm Emanuel’s first year in office looks a lot like Mayor Daley’s first year in office