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Recycle Your Plastic Takeout Utensils At Andersonville Farmers Market To Help Food Insecurity Nonprofit

Some of the plastic utensils collected at the farmers market will be given to A Just Harvest, a Rogers Park nonprofit that fights food insecurity.

Courtesy Jamie Kelter Davis
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ANDERSONVILLE — The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is partnering with a Rogers Park food insecurity nonprofit to recycle and reuse plastic utensils.

Neighbors can drop off takeout plastic utensils at the Andersonville Farmers Market, which runs Wednesdays through Oct. 20. WasteNot Compost will have a booth at the farmers market to collect plastic forks, knives and spoons for recycling or reuse.

Utensils still in their plastic wrapping will be donated to A Just Harvest, a Rogers Park-based nonprofit that tackles food insecurity and social justice. All plasticware will be accepted.

The farmers market runs 3-7 p.m. on Catalpa Avenue between Clark Street and Ashland Avenue.

The plasticware recycling program is part of a broader sustainability effort in Andersonville.

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce recently launched the Clark Street Composts program. More than 20 local businesses have joined, including Big Jones, Defloured, Kopi Cafe, Lost Larson, Replay and The Coffee Studio.

Administered by WasteNot Compost, Clark Street Composts is a pilot program to evaluate how composting works on a neighborhood scale. WasteNot returns the composted materials back to the neighborhood in the form of nutrient-rich soil.

“We share the strong desire we see among our customers, friends and neighbors to work together to help bring greater sustainability to our community and planet,” Martin Cournane, owner of The Bird Cage and Lady Gregory’s, said in a statement. “We look forward to making ongoing progress by working together.”

The city also is trying to scale back single-use plastics in restaurants. Under a law passed last month, restaurants can only give out disposable plasticware when it is requested by customers.

For more information on Andersonville’s plasticware recycling program, click here.

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