Seattle has set an ambitious new goal for municipal recycling: 72% of all waste. 44% of Seattle's waste is currently recycled, which is a lot more than most municipalities. Part of the plan is to ban or tax some plastic products, such as styrofoam food containers and plastic bags, to create an incentive for the use of alternative products that are more envirronmentally friendly.
I'd like to see Chicago take more steps in this direction. Expanding curbside recycling to the entire city would be a good start. With all the construction happening, it would be good to see incentives for recycling of construction and demolition waste. We're making some progress. Let's keep it going!