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Joliet, Ill., Set to Approve “Comprehensive” Contract with Waste Management

One potential hiccup is that the contract does not include alley pickup, a service that was dropped in the last contract signed seven years ago.

Joliet, Ill.’s city council is set to vote on a 10-year contract with Waste Management that the company told The Herald News was “the most comprehensive program in the Chicago metropolitan area.”

Services in the contract would include pickup of electronics and household hazardous waste, recycling pickup weekly rather than every two weeks and an annual $250,000 “community support” contribution to Joliet.

Meanwhile, the monthly rate for residents would decrease from a current rate of $24.64 to $21.70 in 2018. It rises each year but does not pass the current rate until 2024, when it reaches $25.16.

One potential hiccup is that the contract does not include alley pickup, a service that was dropped in the last contract signed seven years ago.

Waste Management operates a landfill in nearby Will County. In 2015, it received approval to expand the 200-acre facility by 150 acres.

The Herald News has the story:

Waste Management municipal marketing manager Michael Morley said after the meeting that he told the council the contract is the “most comprehensive” in the Chicago region because it adds “At Your Door” while increasing the rate of recycling pickup and maintains a range of services Joliet already gets. Services already in place include pickup of tires, refrigerators and other white goods, and even dead animals found in the city parkways and streets – a service that Morley called “completely unique to Joliet.”

Still, city staff was asked to see whether they could negotiate alley pickup service for residents willing to pay more to get it.

Quillman said complaints have not gone away since the last contract, when Waste Management stopped going into alleys except for those areas where street parking was considered too dense for curbside service.

“Some of the neighborhoods get it,” Quillman said, “and some in the same neighborhood don’t.”

Bringing back all the alley service that was there before would add a monthly unit cost of $1.17 to the contract, interim City Manager Marty Shanahan said.

Read the full story here.

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