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New Recycling Toters On Their Way to Elmhurst Residents

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Elmhurst residents will be getting new 65 gallon recycling toters in early March. The new recycle toters will look similar to the 95 gallon refuse toters that have lids. (Toters are on display in the foyer of Elmhurst City Hall.) By April, Elmhurst residents will each have one 65 gallon recycle toter, and one 65 gallon (or 95 gallon) refuse toter.

The old containers had no tops, so recyclable materials would often blow down the street. The new toters will fit the automated trucks so there is less of an impact on refuse workers. The dimensions of the new 65 gallon recycling toter are (approximately) 42.5” high x 30” deep x 26” wide.

The City of Elmhurst will be sending residents cards in late January about the new toters. If you currently have the largest 95 gallon refuse toter, you will be able to downsize and select the 65 gallon refuse toter. ($20.62/ month for 95 gallon refuse toter, $14.93/month for 65 gallon refuse toter. Recycling toters are free of charge.)

If you want to keep your refuse toter size unchanged, you won’t have to do anything.

The new 65 gallon recycling toters will be delivered in early March. Details will be forthcoming from the city on what to do with your old blue recycling containers. Mike Hughes of the Public Works Department says he will keep his old blue recycling containers in the garage, and keep the new 65 gallon recycling toter outside.

“I keep the big toter outside secured with bungee cords,” Hughes explains. “I keep my round, blue bins in the garage where they nest nicely. I fill the blue bins with recycling from the house, then when they get full, I dump them in the outside toter.”

Please think carefully before you purchase goods. How will you dispose of your waste? What do you really need? What will end up in the recycling toter and what will end up in a landfill? Every little effort helps!

City of Elmhurst Schedule for Recycling/Refuse Changes

Late January: Residents will receive cards about new recycling toters and can choose to downsize to smaller refuse toters.

Early March: New 65 gallon recyclable toters will be delivered to residents. (Details forthcoming from City of Elmhurst on how to collect old blue recyclable containers if residents do not want to keep them.)

Late March/Early April: Residents who choose to downsize from 95 gallon to 65 gallon refuse toters will have their new toter delivered, their old toter collected.

By April, Elmhurst residents will each have one 65 gallon recycle toter, and one 65 gallon (or 95 gallon) refuse toter.

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Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition is delighted to bring you our new Positively Green Blog. Our aim is to keep ideas circulating on how Elmhurst residents can do their share to join the environmental efforts of cities everywhere who are going green.

We will keep you informed about what our city is doing to join the rest of America’s efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. But we want your input and your ideas. Please let us know your thoughts and ideas about what you are doing in your every day lives. The more ideas we can circulate, the better.

Going green is a bit like parenting. Nobody does it perfectly but we all keep trying!

Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition strives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through education, outreach and community action. The Coalition meets the first Tuesday of the month at the Elmhurst Public Library. Membership is open to concerned citizens, businesses, non-profits, congregations, government and schools. For more information, contact Elmhurst Cool Cities at ecoolcities@gmail.com or visit elmhurstcoolcities.org.

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CLR January 28, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Has there been any discussion concerning recycling residents' old 33 gallon refuse containers?
Barbara Lonergan February 21, 2013 at 04:31 PM
CLR: The city will soon announce a plan to collect old refuse and recycling containers, as long as they have a recycling symbol on them. Continue to follow the Positively Green blog and the Patch for more information.

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