Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to approve two-year contract extensions with Groot Industries for waste hauling services that include rate reductions.

The city’s soon-to-expire five-year contracts with Groot provided for 4 percent annual rate increases — which substantially exceeded rises in the cost of living over that period.

The new deal, in effect, will let the city over time recover some of those extra payments.

The agreements for trash pickups from homes and small apartments and the yard waste agreement each contain 5 percent decreases in monthly costs for the first year. And the commercial hauling agreement includes a 10 percent cut.

The new agreement also limits future annual cost increases to a range of 1.5 to 3.5 percent, based on the actual increase in the cost of living.

It also gives the city the option of extending the deal for three additional one-year periods.

The rate reductions will save the city nealy $120,000 in the first year and will also reduce costs for businesses that are served under the commercial hauling agreement.

It won’t necessarily have any impact on rates the city charges residential customers served by Groot.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Notice the overflowing garbage

    if you look at the picture, the dumpsters are overflowing, which is creating the infection of rats in every ward of Evanston.  My question:  does the cut in rates also mean cuts in service?  If yes, Evanston will always be rat infested. 


    1. You live in an urban city.

      You live in an urban city. Rats will always be there. Move if you can't handle it. I am actually surprised the people of this city would allow the removal of the rats. Doesn't that violate their civil rights?

    2. Skunks are worse
      Rats are bad enough, but I wish the City would take a more active role in controlling the skunk population. Next time you’re at an Evanston gathering, mention skunks and listen to the earful you’ll get!

      1. Spring Rats

        Just about every Spring the City will bring up the Rat Problems it has. Either this year or last they had a map showing area with biggest problems. I usually comment that the City should go down the areas and see the garbage spilling out of the dumpsters because the city doesn't require enough dumpsters for multi family buildings. So next spring look for the rats problem article and the city putting out rat poisn.

        @John its easy to spot the Skunks when walking the dog. I just cross the street when I see one 😉

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