Chicago Recycling Coalition records, 1984-2007, bulk 1991-2003

 

Descriptive Inventory for the Manuscript Collection at Chicago History Museum, Research Center

By Meghan Ryan, 2013

 

 

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Title: Chicago Recycling Coalition records, 1985-2007, bulk 1991-2003

Main creator: Chicago Recycling Coalition

Inclusive dates: 1985-2007, bulk 1991-2003

Size:

17 linear feet (41 boxes)

1 oversize folder.

 

Access: This collection is open for research use.

Provenance statement: Gift of the Chicago Recycling Coalition (accession number: 2013.0059.1).

Terms governing use: The donor deeded all rights owned by the donor to this material, including copyright, to Chicago Historical Society. Other copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Please cite this collection as: Chicago Recycling Coalition records (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

 

This descriptive inventory contains the following sections:

Biographical/historical note,

Summary description of the collection,

List of online catalog headings about the collection,

Arrangement of the collection,

Detailed description of archival series in the collection,

List of contents of the collection.

 

Biographical/historical note:

The Chicago Recycling Coalition (CRC) advocated for responsible waste management practices. The CRC worked with community members and elected officials and began in 1985 as the Coalition for Appropriate Waste Disposal (CAWD). The CRC developed community-based initiatives, including a campaign to shut down the city's last municipal waste incinerator and to replace the City of Chicago's Blue Bag recycling system.

 

Summary description of the collection:

Meeting minutes, reports, maps, surveys, correspondence, newspaper clippings, publications, memos, lists, educational materials, photographs, and publications of the Chicago Recycling Coalition about its efforts to limit pollution and promote responsible waste management policies. Topics include the CRC's founding in 1985 as the Coalition for Appropriate Waste Disposal, working with neighborhood groups and elected officials in Chicago (Ill.) to popularize recycling, CRC's opposition to the Blue Bag recycling system because studies indicated it wouldn't be effective, CRC's work with a coalition named WASTE (Westside Alliance for a Safe Toxic-free Environment) in opposition to the City of Chicago's Northwest Incinerator at 700 North Kilbourn Avenue, and the effects of industrial incinerators in other parts of Illinois.

 

Collection written in English.

 

List of online catalog headings about the collection:

The following index headings for this collection were entered in the online catalog.

Subjects:

Chicago Recycling Coalition--Archives.

Coalition for Appropriate Waste Disposal (Chicago, Ill.)--Archives.

Chicago (Ill.). Dept. of Streets and Sanitation.

Northwest Incinerator (Chicago, Ill.)

Westside Alliance for a Safe Toxic-free Environment (Chicago, Ill.)

Community organization--Illinois--Chicago.

Pollution--Illinois--Chicago.

Recycling industry--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area.

Recycling (Waste, etc.)--Illinois--Chicago.

Refuse and refuse disposal--Illinois--Chicago.

Chicago (Ill.)--Politics and government.

Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions.

 

Form/genre:

Correspondence.

Maps.

Minutes.

Newsletters.

Newspaper clippings.

Photographic prints.

Publications.

Reports.

Surveys.

 

Added entries:

Chicago (Ill.). Dept. of Streets and Sanitation.

Coalition for Appropriate Waste Disposal (Chicago, Ill.)

Westside Alliance for a Safe Toxic-free Environment (Chicago, Ill.)

United States--Illinois--Cook County--Chicago.

 

Arrangement of the collection:

The collection is arranged in six series:

Series 1. Coalition for Appropriate Waste Disposal (CAWD), 1984-1996 (box 1-2)

Series 2. Administrative files, 1989-1996 (box 3- 11)

Series 3. Press, publications, and development files, 1988-2007 (box 12-20)

Series 4. Blue Bag initiative files, 1989-2007 (box 21-24)

Series 5. Northwest Incinerator files, 1985-1996 (box 25-28) & oversize folder

Series 6. Community Outreach and other program initiatives, 1989-2007 (box 29-41)

 

Detailed description of archival series in the collection:

Series 1. Coalition for Appropriate Waste Disposal, 1984-1996 (box 1-2)

Series 1 documents the activities of the Coalition of Appropriate Waste Disposal (CAWD), the pre-cursor to the Chicago Recycling Coalition. Contains proposals, meeting minutes, financial information, news clippings, assessments, and reports. Also present is correspondence with elected officials and politicians.

 

Series 2. Administrative files, 1989-1996 (box 3-11)

Series 2 contains meeting minutes, including board meetings. Also includes executive committee and annual meeting minutes, correspondence, financial information, policies, strategic plans, surveys, and legislation.

 

Series 3. Press, publications, and development files, 1988- 2007 (box 12-20)

Series 3 includes information pertaining to CRC's website, fundraising information, legislation, news articles, correspondence, grant materials, press conference materials, information on educational workshops, newsletters, other CRC publications, Department of Environment Solid Waste Management curricula, and information on careers related to recycling advocacy.

 

Series 4. Blue Bag initiative files, 1989-2007 (box 21-24)

Series 4 consists of surveys, city promotional materials, and news articles documenting the City of Chicago's implementation of the Blue Bag recycling program and CRC's campaign to fight the Blue Bag ordinance because studies indicated the blue bags program would not be effective. Also contains press releases, information on educational programs, campaign materials and photographs. In October 2006, Chicago announced it would phase out the Blue Bag recycling program and begin replacing it with a blue cart recycling program.

 

Series 5. Northwest Incinerator files, 1985-1996 (box 25-28 & oversize folder)

Series 5 documents the campaign by the CRC to shut down the City of Chicago's Northwest Incinerator, located at 700 North Kilbourn Avenue on Chicago's West Side. CRC worked with the umbrella organization, WASTE (Westside Alliance for a Safe Toxic-free Environment), against the incinerator. This series contains maps, news clippings, petitions, proposals, legislation, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) correspondence, meeting notes, and information relating to incinerators located in Chicago (Ill.) and elsewhere in the state of Illinois. The Northwest Incinerator was decommissioned in 1996.

 

Series 6. Community Outreach and other program initiatives, 1989-2007 (box 29-41)

Series 5 includes residential, small business, and neighborhood recycling information, correspondence, permit information, legal documents, draft legislation, resolutions, solid waste management plans, Chicago recycling initiative guides, assessments, proposals, and educational materials related to composting and recycling. Additionally, series 6 contains material related to local environmental controversies.

 

List of contents of the collection:

box 1-2 Coalition for Appropriate Waste Disposal, 1984-1996

box 3-11 Administrative files, 1989-1996

box 12-20 Press, publications, and development, 1988-2007

box 21-24 Blue Bag Initiative files, 1989-2007

box 25-28 Northwest Incinerator files, 1985-1996

oversize folder Northwest Incinerator files, 1985-1996

box 29-41 Community Outreach and other program initiatives, 1989-2007