Of course, nothing gets recycled if Chicagoans don’t make the effort to separate out recyclables before its time to take out the trash. It’s not a big ask. It takes just a few seconds to empty and rinse bottles, jars and aluminum cans, to empty and recap milk cartons and to flatten cardboard boxes. It’s on all of Chicago — government, businesses, residents — to remedy the scarlet letter the city has worn for far too long. It’s about time that Chicago becomes one of the best, rather than one of the worst, recyclers in America.