Evanston’s Environmental Services Bureau will replace damaged and older model yard waste carts in a free, one-time exchange program.

In addition, damaged refuse carts will also be replaced, at the city’s discretion.

The program will begin on Monday, Dec. 21, and will be completed in four phases according to residents’ regular refuse pick-up day. The first phase of the project will include residents whose normal refuse pick-up day is Monday, and is anticipated to be completed by Friday, Jan. 15.

Residents who live in the Monday refuse pick-up zone are asked to leave their yard waste and refuse carts in their normal pick-up spot, accessible to city crews, until the end of the first phase of the program, or until after their cart is replaced. There is no need for residents to take any other action.

Additional program phases will be announced and posted online as the program progresses.

The entire project is anticipated to be completed by next May, but the work is very weather dependent and the schedule is subject to change.

Residents do not need to request cart replacement, as crews are scheduled to complete the work throughout the entire city. After the program is completed, future yard waste cart replacements will incur a charge under the city code.

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