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eco-Andersonville Launches Streetscape Recycling Program

http://www.eco-andersonville.org/ Chicago’s Andersonville area launches city’s first neighborhood streetscape recycling program
On November 1, 2009, Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood will launch the City’s first streetscape recycling program, allowing Andersonville patrons to recycle while they shop, dine, and play in the neighborhood. The program is being implemented by the non-profit Andersonville Development Corporation (ADC).

The program will install 15 public recycling receptacles throughout the Clark Street corridor, stretching from Winona (5000 N.) on the south to Olive (5650 N.) on the north. Each receptacle will collect paper, glass, or plastic and aluminum. Recyclables will be picked up by the Chicago Resource Center, a not-for-profit hauling organization on Chicago’s South Side. The Chicago Resource Center guarantees a recycling rate of 99%. .

“eco-Andersonville’s programs aim to significantly lessen the Andersonville commercial district’s environmental impact,” notes ADC managing director Sara Dinges.

The streetscape recycling program is part of Andersonville Development Corporation’s eco-Andersonville, a comprehensive initiative that promotes and encourages environmental, economic, and social sustainability in the Andersonville commercial area.

Other eco-Andersonville initiatives include:
The Sustainable Business Certification Program, aimed at helping small, local businesses and adopt the best sustainable practices for their business
Events that promote sustainability, including workshops at the Andersonville Farmers Market
Business recycling and composting (currently in development)

Collection is made possible through partnerships with the following Andersonville businesses: The Coffee Studio, Hamburger Mary’s, Green Genes, Bridgeview Bank, Avalon Chiropractic, Styles, Marilyn Fumagalli, Painted Light Photography and Framing Gallery, Fisheye Graphics, The Runner’s Edge, and Covenant Methodist Services.

The program is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

The Andersonville neighborhood has gained national acclaim in recent years for its thriving business district comprised almost entirely of locally owned, independent businesses. Andersonville was a featured community at the 2009 National Main Streets Conference. In February, 2007, Andersonville was named one of America’s “Top Ten Eco-Communities” by Natural Home Magazine.

The Andersonville Development Corporation fosters sustainable community and economic development in the Andersonville commercial district. ADC promotes responsible community growth that allows the area to continue to develop while also helping to sustain its current character and diversity.

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