Residents on Tuesday’s refuse/recycling route will be the first in Evanston to exchange their 18 gallon recycling bins for 65 or 95 gallon wheeled recycling carts.

Tuesday’s route was the winner of the Cans for Cash contest held throughout the City in October. Tuesday’s route, located in the area of the City north of Colfax, recycled 8,379 pounds of aluminum beverage cans. Residents on this winning route will receive their roll carts by the end of February.

The carts were purchased with the help of a grant the City received from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

During the competition, Monday’s route recycled 7,400 pounds of aluminum beverage cans; Wednesday’s route, 6,538 pounds; and Thursday’s route, 7,408 pounds.

The residents on these refuse routes will ultimately get roll carts; however, the total conversion to roll carts may take a couple of years, due to costs.

For the second year in a row, the City of Evanston and Keep Evanston Beautiful (KEB) called on Evanston residents and businesses to recycle as many aluminum beverage cans as possible during the entire month of October, designated “Evanston CAN Recycle!” month.

The City pitted all four garbage/recycling routes against each other with the route recycling the most aluminum cans to be the first to receive a recycling roll cart for each of its residential customers.

Evanston accepted the challenge to compete against other municipalities its size in the U.S. Conference of Mayors Cans for Cash program. Evanston competed in Division Three against other cities in the country with populations between 50,000 and 99,999.

The aluminum can is the country’s most recycled beverage container and has been for more than 20 years.

For more information on Evanston CAN Recycle, call the Division of Streets and Sanitation, (847) 866-2940.

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  1. Let’s Make This Program Citywide ASAP
    This is great news but the sooner we roll out the big blue carts citywide, the sooner we stop filling our landfills — unnecessarily — with recyclables. The wheel-less blue bins are way too small. As Mayor I would make this a top “green” priority. A city like Evanston needs to lead the way in this arena.

    Barnaby Dinges

  2. Recycling Containers
    So, recyclers in the rest of Evanston have to wait as much as a couple of years for the larger recycling containers because we didn’t have enough alumninum cans to discard? Our family generates huge piles of weekly recycling, but we hardly buy anything in aluminum cans. On the other hand our consumption of newsprint is legion. At least, alumninum cans when left out in the wind and rain waiting for the recycling truck do not blow around or become soggy like the newspapers tucked into their their brown bags patiently awaiting pickup. Perhaps the City Council will consider accelerating this program so other areas of Evanston can benefit sooner.

    1. when did the game start?
      “Perhaps the City Council will consider accelerating this program so other areas of Evanston can benefit sooner.”

      I would agree with Ms. Roghair’s and Mr. Dinges’s comments. But I am curious to know whether anyone knew that we were all competing for new recycling containers. Perhaps this is one of those things that Mr. Rizki continues to tell us we really have to be at the City Council meeting to understand.

  3. For what it’s worth…
    I live on the Tuesday trash route. It’s way past the end of February and we have yet to see our big recycling containers. (None of my neighbors have them, either.)

    The article makes it seem like the containers were already purchased ahead of time, so where are they?

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