The folks who drive beat-up pickup trucks through Evanston’s alleys looking for scrap metal to collect would have to be licensed under an ordinance scheduled for City Council adoption tonight.
The ordinance would require anyone driving what it refers to as a “junk wagon” to have a “junk peddler’s” license.
The license would cost $38 a year and require proof the peddler had a valid driver’s license and auto liability insurance.
It would also require that junk wagons display the licensee’s name, address and phone number.
And It would limit collection times to between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. and would prohibit overnight parking of junk wagons on residential streets.
Penalties for violations would range from $50 to $500.
Licenses could be revoked if the licensee was charged with or convicted of theft, possession of stolen property or related offenses. Licenses could also be suspended by the city, subject to a right to appeal the suspension by the licensee.
Corporation Counsel Grant Farrar, in a memo to aldermen, says the current ordinance regulating junk collection hasn’t been updated since 1985 and only requires licenses for people who purchase junk and scrap metal.
Since most junk peddlers collect disgarded material from alleys without paying for what they pick up, they haven’t been covered by that ordinance.
City staff is asking that the council suspend its rules, which normally require a two-week break between introduction and adoption of ordinances, and give the new regulations final approval tonight.