Recycling in Chicago: Past, Present, and Future

May 17, 2011

As Chicago begins a new political era, much attention has been paid to the problems in Chicago's recycling program. In this program, Carl Zimring from Roosevelt University analyzed the public and private systems used to recycle post-consumer materials in Chicago over the past century, with discussion of how the current system evolved, problems with it, and ways in which future versions of recycling in Chicago might work based on historical precedents and programs in other cities.

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Carl Zimring

Carl Zimring

Carl Zimring is assistant professor of social science and sustainability studies at Roosevelt University's Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies, which he joined in 2008 after teaching at Oberlin College, Michigan Technological University, and the University of Canterbury (New Zealand). He is the author of Cash for Your Trash: Scrap Recycling in America and holds a doctorate in history from Carnegie Mellon University.