Naperville begins distributing new recycling carts

A display at the 95th Street Library shows the variety of sizes available to Naperville residents taking part in the city's new recycling cart program. Unless residents request one of the smaller vessels or opt out of the program entirely, they will receive the 96-gallon version in coming weeks. | Susan Frick Carlman/Sun-Times Media
A display at the 95th Street Library shows the variety of sizes available to Naperville residents taking part in the city's new recycling cart program. | Susan Frick Carlman/Sun-Times Media

Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel kicked off the delivery of the city’s new recycling carts by handing out the first carts to residents in the West Highlands neighborhood Tuesday.

The mayor also announced the winners of the children’s recycling contest, awarding four Naperville youths downtown Naperville gift cards and the opportunity to showcase their winning entries at the Naperville Park District’s new Knoch Knolls Nature Center.

Although the city became the first community to offer a curbside collection program in Illinois in the 1980s, the new recycling carts offer residents a cleaner way to dispose of recyclables, city officials said. Residents can also increase their recycling capacity. The new carts replace the current recycling bins used by those in the curbside recycling program and are made of a sturdy commercial-grade plastic with wheels for easy movement and hinged lids to contain items.

Pradel helped deliver some of the city’s new 32-gallon, 64-gallon and 96-gallon cart sizes to residents on Aspen Court in the West Highlands neighborhood.

“Naperville has been recycling for almost three decades now, and we’ve listened to our residents when they told us in the recent citizen survey that they would like to increase recycling,” Pradel said. “These carts will be a great way to keep recyclables from ending up in the landfill and another way our city can increase its sustainability.”

Carts will be delivered to approximately 42,000 households during the next six weeks. Additional information about the recycling cart program is available at www.naperville.il.us/curbsiderecycling.aspx.

Pradel also used the event as an opportunity to announce and award the winners of the children’s recycling contest. The contest, which took place throughout the month of August, was open to Naperville residents 5 to 18 years of age whose families received curbside recycling service from the city. Participants had to answer the question “How does recycling make Naperville a better place?” Submissions included essays and original artwork.

Entries were divided into four age groups: Kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade and ninth through 12th grade. One winner was chosen from each age group:

Aditi Prabhu, age 6

Shawn Timothy, age 8

Morgan Carioscia, age 12

Elizabeth Ha, age 17

Each winner was presented a $50 downtown Naperville gift card donated by the Downtown Naperville Alliance. In addition, each winner will be honored by having his or her submission displayed at a to-be-determined time in the Naperville Park District’s new Knoch Knolls Nature Center, opening on Oct. 2 at 320 Knoch Knolls Road.

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