Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Coca-Cola announced Monday that the Blue Cart Recycling Program will be expanded to all 50 wards with the help of a $2.59 million grant.
Coca-Cola Company and its philanthropic arm, The Coca-Cola Foundation, will donate $2.59 million to Keep America Beautiful for the purchase of 25,000 blue carts this year and an additional 25,000 carts over the next five years.
Currently, 327,000 Chicago households receive blue cart recycling service which provides bi-weekly collection services to single family homes, two-, three- and four-flat buildings. The expansion, scheduled to be complete by the fall of 2013, will include 340,000 households.
The first phase of the expansion began this month. Residents within the boundaries of the April expansion began receiving carts April 15, and will receive recycling collection as early as April 29.
Coca-Cola will also partner with Jewel-Osco to promote a recycle awareness program for Chicago communities.