Evanston’s business districts will sprount new recycling containers this spring.

Streets and Sanitation Superintendent Suzette Eggleston showed off a model of the new blue-topped recycling containers at the Civic Center this evening.

Eggleston says the new containers are roughly the size of the “fancy can” trash containers already used in the city’s business districts (and shown on the right in the photo above).

But the recycling containers, she says, cost a lot less — about $300, compared to $1,000 for the trash cans.

The new cans will be paid for with a portion of a federal energy conservation grant the city received recently.

How many recycling containers will be purchased is still to be determined. The grant application called for buying 40, Eggleston said, but the city may be able to get more because the cost of each can turned out to be substantially less than expected.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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