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City cuts recycling costs

By Tim Shaunnessey

April 16, 2012

Although the city touts its recycling efforts, many Chicago residents find themselves without access to the service. By the end of 2013, however, the issue will be resolved thanks to money the city saved by stirring up competition.Since implementing a competitive bidding system for recycling services, Chicago has saved $2.2 million, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced April 5 at the Humboldt Park Boat House, 1400 N. Sacramento Ave. Th...

Recycling Program salvages 178.5 tons of waste

By Heather Scroering

April 16, 2012

While the college has referred to the Recycling Program in its sustainability plan as “arguably the most robust sustainability-related program at Columbia,” the 10-person operation has been recommended for reorganization since the beginning of the prioritization process.Though the program faces possible staff cuts and decreased funding, the student-operated organization recycled approximately 48 percent of waste on campus...

Recycling Program cuts events

By Heather Scroering

January 30, 2012

You may have seen them cleaning out paper, plastic and aluminum can collection bins. You may have purchased one of their recycled, screen-printed T-shirts. Those who work for the Recycling Program are doing the dirty work and educating students all over campus.But with the prioritization process cracking down on programs, some, including recycling, could be restructured, reorganized or consolidated, according to the Progra...

Reuse, expand, recycle: plastic bag intiative

By Lisa Schulz

October 3, 2011

In a vast room cluttered with various creations of reused materials, a dumpster piled high and green plastic bags stuffed with balled-up grocery bags towered over Neale Baldyga, who brandished the master machine that removes contaminants from recyclables: his hands.Despite the dirty work, Baldyga, Colu-mbia’s recycling outreach coordinator, and the nine-member recycling program staff continue to encourage students to contr...

Daley moves to privatize in final weeks

By The Columbia Chronicle

May 2, 2011

By Alexandra Kukulka, Contributing WriterWith two weeks left in office, Mayor Richard M. Daley is pushing for one last initiative before he steps down on May 16, the same day Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel and the new City Council are sworn in. Daley wants to privatize Chicago’s recycling program to save the city money.The recycling privatization could provide a 20 to 25 percent savings to taxpayers by hiring private companies to do t...

Privatize recycling with caution

By Editorial Board

April 11, 2011

The Chicago Sun-Times recently broke the news that Mayor Richard M. Daley planned to sign a 10-year contract to privatize the city’s recycling programs. A union leader told the Sun-Times Daley planned to sign those contracts soon, rushing them through to pre-empt a union-backed ordinance to keep recycling work in-house among city workers.While the loss of city jobs is regrettable, the current state of Chicago’s recycling program is, to ...

Columbia students wasting away

By Amanda Murphy

February 14, 2011

In an increasingly eco-conscious world, Columbia’s campus and curriculum are full of ways to promote being more earth-friendly. The college has created different opportunities for students to add to the sustainability mission. However, as much as the college contributes, more can be done by its core—the student population.For the most part, the recycling numbers have greatly increased throughout the years, according to s...

Blue Demons defeat USF 77-61

By Etheria Modacure

January 13, 2011

The DePaul University Blue Demons women’s basketball team is quickly becoming a top team to watch this season in the Big East. The Blue Demons (15-2, 4-0) won their third consecutive game when they beat the University of South Florida Bulls (9-9, 0-4) 77-61 at McGrath Arena on Jan. 11.With four players scoring in double figures, the Blue Demons were able to use a balanced offensive attack to keep the Bulls from taking contr...

Wolves road woes

By Etheria Modacure

November 29, 2010

Before the Chicago Wolves embarked on their annual circus trip—totaling eight games away from home—the team was solid with a good goaltending tandem in Edward Pasquale and Drew McIntyre, and good plays from centers Jason Krog and Jared Ross and right wing Spencer Machacek.After dropping a season-high seven consecutive games on the trip, the Wolves returned home on Nov. 20 for a brief three-game homestand to try to turn...

Daley should privatize recycling

By Editorial Board

September 7, 2010

Mayor Daley recently announced the city is looking to privatize a slew of services, from the city pound to the Taste of Chicago, all in an effort to erase Chicago’s $654.7 million budget shortfall without raising taxes. Among that list was the city’s blue bin recycling program.Although privatization has become a dirty word after the notorious parking meter fiasco, a private recycling program could have its benefits. T...

City should rethink recycling cut

By Lauren Kelly

November 2, 2009

Chicago will be scaling back its curbside recycling program throughout the city because of the ongoing budget crisis.The recently approved 2010 city budget does not include any money to expand the recycling program to include the households that do not yet have blue bin recycling pick up, although the Department of Streets and Sanitation said in a May 2008 press release that it would provide recycling to every household i...

Event attempts to reform environment laws

By LauraNalin

October 19, 2009

Columbia’s recycling program will participate in an international campaign focusing on possible solutions to the current climate crisis on Oct. 24, the International Day of Climate Change.The organization has worked dilligently throughout the years to make sure the campus has adequate recycling bins for both paper and plastic and has been planning this event for quite some time. The Chicago event will be held in the Cona...

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