Those garbage trucks that rattle past your Evanston home each week collect more than garbage. This week they picked up an award.

Actually, the trucks are only a part of the 360-unit city fleet, including police vehicles, fire apparatuses, public works and forestry trucks and equipment, utility vehicles, and the like that comprise what Governing Magazine considers to be one of the “100 best fleets in North America.”

In a press release, the city credited its win to its advanced fleet management information system, responsible waste stream, including its recycling of oil, anti-freeze, and other fluids, and its use of alternative fuels, such as biodiesel.

The city’s fleet is one of only seven in Illinois to be so recognized.

The Fleet Services Division will be recognized at the city’s Administration and Public Works Committee meeting on Monday.

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Hopefully
    They must not have taken snow and ice removal into consideration; otherwise may not have received it.

  2. Garbage Fleet Award

    Perhaps the trucks themselves are in good order, but the workers who lift one black trash bag from a can and toss it into the truck and leave the rest (not rolling the can to the truck to empty it) as well as leaving whatever bounces out of the truck when they throw something into it like this… do not deserve any good awards. Our alley is always a mess after the garbage trucks go by.

    1. Must you all complain about

      Must you all complain about everything. I'm suprised you people don't complain that the garbage men don't come inside your house and empty all your cans for you, because god forbid you you might get your hands dirty. And all things considering for a record breaking year of snow fall the plows did fine. But once again let's complain some more it's not like these drivers were out all night long in the cold while you were home asleep in bed

      1. Alley trash

        Obviously you're not aware that garbage scattered around an alley is food for rats and other animals.(Seems about every other yeard the Evanston City Council has discussions about rat problems)   A little constructive criticism is good. The City should appreciate it and verify and see if there is room for improvement.

        1. Alley trash

          So on occasion some of the trash spills in the alley.  It happens.  What I do when that occurs is pretty simple: I clean it up.

  3. More and More silly awards who is doing work at the city?
    Wally appears to have staff continual applying for awards. This is wasting taxpayers money, since staffs time is being used for this activity versus doing productive work.
    When you look at some of staff work it has numerous mistakes, which are presented at the council, ofcourse the council members are not reading the documents, so this fits the pattern silly awards and defective work, which the council approves without comment or discussion.

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