Highwood opts for springtime organic recycling
Doing its part to counteract tons of trash accumulating yearly in the nation’s landfills, the city of Highwood has contracted with Chicago-based Lakeshore Recycling Systems to launch a residential organic recycling service, beginning May 1.
“When you throw something away, where does it go?” queried a promotional piece recently released by the city government on its website. “Together, we can make a difference.”
Existing Lakeshore Recycling customers will be furnished with three different containers for the upgraded program: a 96-gallon recycling bin, a 65-gallon trash container and a 35-gallon receptacle for organic material, which includes both yard waste and food scraps, according to the city.
The new system will include all customers and operate year-round. Additionally, residents can drop off used light bulbs and batteries at City Hall.
According to the city of Highwood, approximately 40 percent of all edible food nationwide is wasted.
“This new program is a wonderful opportunity to reduce garbage, preserve landfill space and reduce greenhouse gas production,” the city stated via its website. “Small changes … can have a big impact on our planet.”
Lakeshore Recycling Systems is a regional enterprise for waste removal, serving the greater Chicago area.
For more information, customers and residents can contact the city of Highwood at 847-432-1924.
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