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What Chicago Could Soon Have in Common with LA and Dallas: Garbage Fees

Article-What Chicago Could Soon Have in Common with LA and Dallas: Garbage Fees

Chicago would become the eighth major city in the nation to charge for residential garbage collection, if Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council move ahead with a plan to ding homeowners.

There is a “building consensus” among aldermen for “some form of a garbage fee like other communities around the state and country have,” Emanuel said during recent interview with reporter Bill Cameron of WLS-AM/890.

The Emanuel administration is reviewing its options as it wrestles with a $754 million budget deficit over this year and next.

Los Angeles is the largest city in the nation to charge for trash collection, with a flat fee of $36.32 per month for one and two-unit buildings, according to a report by the New York-based Citizens Budget Commission, issued Feb. 5. The commission proposed that that New York also impose garbage fees. New York has not yet adopted the idea.

Continue reading at Crain's Chicago Business

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