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Council to vote on trash fee hikes

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Evanston aldermen Monday are scheduled to vote on major increases to the city’s trash hauling fees.

The increases are designed to make the fees more fully reflect the cost of providing the services and eliminate an operating deficit in the city’s solid waste fund.

The rate debate is scheduled for a meeting at which aldermen are also scheduled to approve new multi-year contracts with waste hauling companies.

The staff proposal would increase the monthly rate for residential refuse pickup by 17.42 percent. That would boost the charges from $7.95 to $9.33 per month for residents with at 65-gallon refuse cart and from $17.95 to $21.08 for those with a 95-gallon cart.

Condo refuse fees would increase by just 4.43 percent, from $8.65 to $9.03 per unit.

Yard waste charges would increase most dramatically — with the annual fee for a yard waste cart going up 140 percent — from $25 to $60. And the fee for each sticker for a yard waste bag — required for those who don’t have a cart — would increase 214 percent — from $1.75 to $5.50.

The yard waste program has been operating at a substantial deficit for years, while fees for the other programs have come closer to covering their costs.

The staff proposal would also extend city recycling collections to multi-family apartment buildings with six or more units and set the fee for that service at $2.60 per unit per month.

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