Big fee hikes proposed for trash removal

Refuse fees may rise sharply in January.

Evanston city officials are recommending big increases to the city's sanitation service charges.

In a memo to aldermen, Public Works Director Dave Stoneback says the city's solid waste fund is running a deficit of roughly $1 million a year.

To eliminate that deficit, he's recommending that fees for residential refuse hauling be increased by more than 17 percent.

The plan would raise the cost of a 95-gallon cart to $21.08 per month from $17.95. That fee was last increased four years ago. The cost of a 65-gallon cart, or an additional 95-gallon one, would rise from $7.95 per month to $9.33. That fee was last increased six years ago.

For condominiums, where rates now come closer to matching the cost of service, Stoneback is proposing a 4.43 percent rate hike -- to $9.03 per unit from the current rate of $8.65.

The yard waste program, which now creates the biggest shortfall in the solid waste fund, would see the biggest fee increases.

Annual fees for a yard waste cart would rise from $25 to $60, and the cost of a yard waste bag sticker would increase from $1.75 to $5.50.

Stoneback also is proposing creation of a new fee for recycling collection at multi-family apartment buildings with six or more units -- which would be a new service next year..

That fee is proposed to be $2.60 per unit per month.

Aldermen will be asked tonight to decide how much they want to actually increase the fees and direct staff to prepare rate hike ordinances for introduction at the Sept. 25 City Council meeting.

The Council tonight is also scheduled to review proposed new five-year waste hauling contracts, and then vote on them Sept. 25.

One new contract would assign residential refuse collection to Groot Industries, the current vendor and the low bidder.

Another gives condominium refuse collection to Lakeshore Recycling, the current vendor and the low bidder.

A third gives yard waste collection to Lakeshore, which underbid Groot, the current vendor, for that job.

And a contract for a new commercial food scrap collection program is recommended for award to Collective Resources, Inc. of Evanston  The fee for voluntary participants in that program would start at $47.67 for pick up of one container every other week.

Stoneback is also proposing that the city next year expand a city-operated pilot program of recycling pickups from apartment buildings with 6 or more units to cover all such properties in town.

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Please explain...

What is the difference between a "fee" and a "tax"?  I am totally ignorant on this issue !

Ignorant?

Are you also ignorant of how to search for the definition of a word online?

Oh, wait, you were trying to make a political point ... that was just a rhetorical question. I get it!

-- Bill

comments

Bill....I love your  (sometimes snarky) responses toi people.   You are always a joy to read, and are always so totally informed, it poses the question...do you ever sleep?

fee hikes

What would it look like if we gave all our business to one company - there must be some volume discount if they get all of Evanston's business.

Bundle

All the vendors were invited to bid on all the contracts.

Don't see any evidence from the Council packet that any offered discounts if they were to win them all.

But it's an interesting question.

-- Bill

Leaves in the street.

Really,it's time we put the leaves in the street,like all North Shore suburs do.$5.50 sticker + 50 cents for the bag = $6.00 a bag.At that price your going to have thiefs stealling yard wast bag stickers.

Almost as if we have a

Almost as if we have a recurring theme in Evanston, Illinois, etc.

Don't deal with the runaway amd completely unfundable pension and health costs for employees, just keep raising taxes!

What could go wrong?

Yard Waste Scam

The City requires that I buy a sticker costing $1.75 each, for every yard waste bag I buy, and use, to dispose of the leafy residue from the 4 large city owned trees that line the parkway of my property. Over the course of any given fall season I can go through several dozen bags. Sometimes 10 to 15 bags per week. I try to be a law abiding citizen and not sweep the leaves into the street, but this has become a exercise in futility. I see my neighbors flaunt that rule and it is very tempting. Now here they come again proposing to raise the cost of the sticker to the ridiculous sum of $5.50 each. They must think that the leaves that are falling are actually money. Plus I am now going to be charged more for my yard waste container. The city needs to rethink these fee hikes, or they are going to be picking up more and more leaves from the streets, as people are going to refuse to keep throwing away their hard earned money.

Suggestion

If you reduced the volume of the leaves by mulching them with a lawn mower (or a special purpose leaf mulcher), you might be able to fit them all into the yard waste container you're already paying for and avoid having to buy the bags and stickers.

-- Bill

Leaves

Go one step further. I grind leaves and use them as mulch for my garden. Good for my plants, the landfill, and my wallet.

Leaves in canal banks.

 Residents that do not have garden beds around there property,should be able too put leaves into the street,and the city can spread it along the Evanston canal banks.

You might want

... to ask the people who live near James Park what they thought about the yard recycling effort there a few years back. They raised such a stink -- about the stink -- that the city stopped the program.

-- Bill

Leaves only.

Leaves do not give off the demented smell that grass does,grass was the James Park problem. You can dump fall leaves along McCormick canal line,which has areas that are far enough away from homes,that is if people do not like the smell of leaves.

On parkland?

The canal banks are used as parks and a golf course. Which park or which portion of the golf course are you going to deny people access to while the leaves are busy rotting?

-- Bill


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