Evanston’s new solid waste plan goes into effect today — with changes to who picks up what sort of trash from which types of buildings.

Evanston’s new solid waste plan goes into effect today — with changes to who picks up what sort of trash from which types of buildings.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says the changes will save the city over $500,000 per year. They carry out the final recommendations of the solid waste program review that began over three years ago.

Under the new program:

  • Garbage from single-family homes that city crews used to pick up will now be picked up by Groot Industries.
  • Garbage from condominiums that Flood Brothers used to pick up will now be picked up by Lakeshore Waste.
  • Recycling pickups from homes and condos that used to be done by Groot will now be handled by city crews.
  • Yard waste pickups that used to be handled by city crews will now be picked up by Groot.

Public Works Director Suzette Eggleston says the program reduces the size of the city’s sanitation workforce while still providing some city hauling capability in the event of a strike by workers for the private haulers. It also reduces the city’s exposure to expensive workers compensation claims.

The change of provider for residential service will not require any immediate change in how, when and where items are placed for collection.

The service provider will continue to collect your items when and where they always have. Bobkiewicz says there will be some minor changes in the future to where some residents place their recycling and garbage for collection based on the whether the alley is assessable to new, in some cases larger, trucks the haulers will use.

Any impacted residents will be notified at least one week before a change is required. Recycling changes will happen first and garbage changes will not occur until spring.

The change of service provider for the city Condo Program participants will require a change in the waste container.

The existing waste containers that are labeled with the Flood Brothers logo will be replaced with Lakeshore waste containers. The change over of these containers began on Wednesday Oct. 27.

The City is working with Lakeshore to ensure that every condominium and townhome has a container in place by 6 p.m. today.

The recycling collection schedule for condo’s will remain unchanged until the end of the month. Effective Monday Nov. 29, all condominiums and townhomes that are a part of the City’s Condo Program will have their recycling collection on Fridays.

For more information call the city’s Department of Public Works at 847-866-2940.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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