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Scavengers eyed as new revenue source

Some Evanston officials think the city has a problem with private scavengers who pick up metal trash from alleys for free.


Some Evanston officials think the city has a problem with private scavengers who pick up metal trash from alleys for free.

Suzette Eggleston, the city’s streets and sanitation superintendent, told the Chicago Tribune that they’re cutting into the revenue the city gets from charging residents $25 a pop for special trash pickups.

She also claims the scavengers are taking items from alleys that residents didn’t mean to have taken away.

The Trib quotes Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, as saying scavengers have been “breaking the law” by taking cans from recycling bins in the alleys.

Rainey also says the trucks frequently appear to be dangerously overloaded.

Police in Skokie told the Tribune officers sometimes ticket haulers for overloading vehicles or for lacking insurance or registration on the trucks.

Eggleston says she’s looking into the possibility of imposing a licensing fee on the scavengers.

But scrap dealers who buy what the scavengers pickup say the current system provides a valuable free service to the community.

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