Monday, March 18, 2013
Every home in Elmhurst will get a new recycling toter.
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Monday, March 18
Beginning this week, Elmhurst's refuse and recycling hauler, Allied Waste, will start delivering new garbage and recycling carts to Elmhurst homes. Residents using 33-gallon garbage cans will get a 65-gallon garbage toter, residents using 95-gallon toters who want to continue using them will keep their existing toter, and every Elmhurst household will receive a 65-gallon recycling cart at no additional cost. Related: Elmhurst Patch Takes a Deeper Dive Into the City's Garbage Contract Residents may keep their old, blue recycling bins or bring them to one of three drop-off facilities: These locations will be available from March 15-April 15. Signs at each location will direct residents to a large dumpster where they can place the old bins. …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
When the family emerges from under a pile of paper and boxes, this handy guide from Allied Waste will help you clean up the mess.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
After weeks of shopping, decorating and wrapping presents, the big day is finally here. The kids tip-toe down the stairs to see what surprises Santa has brought for them. The gift unwrapping frenzy begins and in an instant, your beautiful masterpiece called Christmas Day turns into a room filled with piles and piles of crumpled wrapping paper, torn tissue paper and shredded boxes. While dad tries desperately to remove the parent-proof plastic ties on this year’s hottest toy, Jinxy the cat is meowing in frustration as he tries to break free from the tinsel trap and bubble wrap. The kids have run off to play with their new toys and, with a bow stuck to your forehead, you must now decide what to recycle or throw in the trash. To help you …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Take two: This more detailed look at the city's garbage contract with Allied Waste is intended to clear up some of the many questions residents had this week.
Editor's Note: An article on Elmhurst Patch Dec. 17 about the city's new refuse and recycling contract with Allied Waste generated myriad questions and concerns among residents. This followup is intended to clarify the city's stated reasons for the new contract, as well as provide answers from city officials about when and how it will roll out to residents. Please leave any additional questions in the comments and we'll do our best to get them answered for you. The city of Elmhurst's new contract with Allied Waste Services will mean changes for some residents, but those changes are expected to save homeowners money and encourage recycling, city officials say. The new contract will only feature garbage toters with wheels in either a 65-…
Monday, December 17, 2012
Some residents will have to get used to a new, larger can.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been updated with comments from Elmhurst's Public Works Director Mike Hughes. Elmhurst residents will continue to see Allied Waste trucks on neighborhood streets three days per week, but those trucks will soon only be grabbing garbage from 65- and 95-gallon receptacles. The City Council on Monday approved keeping Allied as its refuse collector following a request for qualifications process that began last month. The $15 million contract with Allied includes an average of a 3.6 percent increase in the amount the city will be charged for service over five years. For 2013, costs will actually decrease from $2.95 to $2.8 million. What will change are the two types of containers residents will haul to the curb. …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Bid to hit the streets in late summer.
The Public Works and Buildings Committee on Monday asked staff to take a first stab at describing what the city wants to see in a new refuse and recycling contract, which will go out for bid in August or September. This first draft will likely be the basis for the request for proposals to waste companies. The city is currently in the fourth year of a five-year contract with Allied Waste/Republic Services. Committee members told Public Works Director Mike Hughes that they wanted to stick with a modified volume system, where each household can dispose of one 33-gallon can or bag of waste but must purchase stickers for any other waste disposal or for yard waste. Committee members also wanted to look into providing other container options. …
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Aldermen debate best way to increase waste removal fees.
Elmhurst aldermen debated on Monday how to structure new waste removal fees, but no matter how you slice it, residents are going to pay more. Allied Waste is passing along a 4.5 percent rate increase to the city. Also included in the rate adjustment is the city’s administrative costs for waste removal. The Public Works and Buildings Committee has been discussing how to distribute the increase among residents since February, but committee members were split down the middle on their recommendation to the council. Ultimately, City Council members approved the majority report recommendation put forth by committee members Jim Kennedy and Chris Healy. Residents who use the 33-gallon receptacles will now pay $14.65 a month, up from $14.03, and …