Chicago's Recycling Program Sucks; My not so cool solution

You know you have seen me do it! Sometimes you turn your head. I am sure some of you take a picture and post it on facebook(just like I take pictures of the bad "train fashion"). I can't help it. I have no choice. Due to the challenges of recycling in Chicago- I am become the phantom recycler. If you find a random extra bag of recycling in your blue bin- I probably did it. I know it's wrong. Please forgive me.

When I am cleaning out a hoard or a majorly cluttered home, there are times I end up with 20 plus bags of recycling in one day. Everything from newspaper to frozen dinner containers. A normal sized blue bin holds about eight or nine paper bags full of recycling. I have blown these out many a time. I also have asked client's neighbors if I can use some of their recycling space. No one has ever turned me down.

There aren't enough drop off points for recycling in this city. If I am between jobs or have a big job the next day, I don't have time to take my happy heiny to the North Branch location. I also can't bear the thought of dusty paper sitting in my car overnight. I have a dust allergy (ironic for an organizer). I can't leave the stuff  at the clients and have them dispose of it little by little. It would end up back remixed in the home.

Yes, that is me. I maybe coming to a neighborhood near you soon. I know it's not the right thing to do but I am a "green" queen. If you see a black Rav4 coming down your alley, please just turn your head! I am pretty quick with my disposal. I try to rotate where I drop off. I know the people in my hood that don't recyle and am thankful to be able to use their bin space!

Chicago- I am trying to dehoard your city one home at a time! Give me more blue bins and drop off locations!

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