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Trash crews will begin collecting ‘dibs’ items on Chicago streets

You have until March 2 to reclaim your broken furniture and buckets.

Zach Long
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Zach Long

The past few weeks have been some of the snowiest in recent memory, with the National Weather Service's preliminary February report recording 27.9 inches at O'Hare Airport. With so much white stuff on the ground, Chicagoans have been engaging in the controversial winter tradition of "dibs" by saving shoveled parking spots with whatever junk they can find. But even the most creative "dibs" in the city are about to come to an end—as of Tuesday, March 2, the Department of Streets and Sanitation is cracking down on trash in the streets.

With the temperature rising and the huge drifts of snow lining Chicago's streets slowly melting, the Department of Streets and Sanitation announced that garbage collection crews will begin removing any "unclaimed items" in the streets. According to the release, the city is encouraging residents "to remove their chairs, cones and other objects, particularly items they want to keep, to avoid being thrown away."

If you want to use those lawn chairs this summer, return that old coffee table to your rec room or save those cinder blocks for next winter, now is the time to get them off the street!

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