Residents tired of finding litter on their parkway or yard can fight back by “adopting” a city-supplied fancy trash can.

Under the program, available in the city’s Community Development Block Grant target areas, residents can adopt an attractive trash receptacle or “Fancy Can” to help clean up the neighborhood.

Applications and more information are available on the city website. Experience shows that when a trash can is readily available, many people actually use it rather than dropping their litter on the street.

Residents who adopt a can are required to remove full trash bags from it and place them in their trash receptacles for pick up. Additional trash bags are available from the city as needed.

For more information, contact the CDBG Grants Administrator, (847) 866-2928 x2268.

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  1. Follow in Chicago’s steps? For once a reason to

    Chicago proposed a $1500 [I assume a starting bid] fine for throwing litter out of a car.

    I don't know why they restricted it to cars but Evanston could improve on this and make a $100 or even $500 fine for any litter.  It is not just after football games [so far this year NU seemed to have students do pick-up] but it exists along the golf course, Noyes, Foster and many many other places and even streets NE of Ridge and Lincoln.  It is not just beer cans but pop and water bottles [I don't know why they are afraid of being caught with those] but wine, hard liquor, paper [far more food wrapers than I even see downtown].

    Yes NU students seem to do a lot of littering but given the locations I suspect many public/private school students [Kendall property improved a lot since Roycemore moved] and even adults do this.

    People complain about how various housing proposals effect the look/value of their neighborhood.  What about showing  a house and potential buyers see cans/bottles/paper on even the most expensive land.   Of course owners could pick things up on their property and gutters, but what I see they don't.

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