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City newsletter goes green

Evanston’s city newsletter soon will be more environmentally friendly, but more expensive.

Aldermen Monday voted to pay 16 percent extra to have the 16-page quarterly newsletter printed on Forest Stewardship Council certified 30 percent post consumer recycled paper.

The winning bid for the project from Crescent Printing Co. of Onalaska, Wis., was for $26,600 a year for 35,000 copies of each issue of the newsletter.

In another green move, the City Council voted to accept a $60,000 state grant to help fund the purchase of enough 65 or 95 gallon recycling carts to replace a quarter of the 18 gallon bins currently used for recycling around the city.

The city will need to spend over $186,000 of its own money to cover the rest of the cost of buying the carts.

City officials hope to recover at least part of the cost of the project by reducing the amount of refuse the city has to pay to dispose of in landfills as residents increase the amount of material they put out for recycling.

Public Works Director John Burke said pilot projects here, and experience in other communities, shows that having bigger containers available leads to more recycling and he said the city also plans public education campaigns to boost usage of the carts.

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