September 5, 2014

Recycling Carts

Mayor Pradel kicked off the month by rolling out the city’s new recycling carts in the West Highlands neighborhood.

Residents had been asking for a way to increase recycling, so a few months ago the city sent a notice with a choice between a 32, 64, or 96-gallon cart; or to opt out entirely.

The new carts are made of a sturdier plastic, include wheels for easier movement, and provide a hinged lid to keep trash from blowing away.

“Naperville has always been a leader in recycling. In 1986 we were the first community in Illinois to offer curbside recycling service,” said Mayor Pradel. “We knew even then that it was our responsibility to help make the world a better place for our children and for their children.”

Families responded eagerly as 42,000 households signed up and will receive their carts over the next six weeks.

But before the initial rollout, the mayor announced the winners of the children’s recycling contest. 5 to 18-year olds submitted essays or artwork answering one question, “How does recycling make Naperville a better place?”

“I think recycling is definitely a really good route that we’re taking but I think it’s also good to just conserve and just use less in general,” said Elizabeth Ha, the 9th through 12th grade winner.

“Because if you turn it into garbage they will just go and they’ll throw it inside the water and it’ll like, animals will go inside it to see what’s inside it and they’ll get trapped and stuff like that,” said Aditi Prabhu, Kindergarten through 2nd grade winner.

“It helps the environment and helps animals and just everyone in the environment so we don’t have so much waste,” said Morgan Carioscia, the 6th through 8th grade winner.

“Because it can harm wildlife in Naperville,” said Shawn Timothy, 3rd through 5th grade winner.

The winners were awarded $50 gift cards to downtown Naperville, and got to help the mayor roll out the first set of carts. Their winning artwork can be found in the new Knoch Knolls Nature Center when it opens next month.

For more information about recycling in Naperville and where to find the new carts, visit


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