Clarendon Hills Mulls New Refuse Contract

New refuse contract by Republic offers lower costs and no more ridiculous stickers.

Should the village board decide to extend the current refuse contract, Clarendon Hills residents will be gifted with 95-gallon carts. | Republic Services
Should the village board decide to extend the current refuse contract, Clarendon Hills residents will be gifted with 95-gallon carts. | Republic Services

The Clarendon Hills Village Board is poised to extend the village’s current refuse contract with Republic Services at the next board meeting on June 16.

According to the village press release, a key part of the contract is the mechanization and standardization of garbage pickup to reduce overall costs.

To facilitate more efficient mechanization or truck collection, a number of changes to service were necessary to the current contract, outlined as follows:

  • Basic Two-Can, and Basic Cart service will be eliminated. All customers would be elevated to the enhanced level of service with a 95-gallon cart provided. The cost of enhanced service will be reduced from $26.12 per month to $20.60 per month. Options for smaller carts at the same monthly price are also available.

  • Households headed by Senior Citizens would pay only $17.60 per month for the new enhanced level of service, lower than the cost of the basic service today.

  • Service would be converted to a carry all service, meaning, no more stickers would be necessary for residents, even if they had waste beyond the 95-gallon cart. Residents would be able to simply put extra bags out next to their cart when needed. The only time stickers would be necessary is if they had more than one bulk item in a single week (e.g., a piece of furniture, appliance, etc).  

  • Amnesty day would be eliminated. However, in its place, every household would be allowed one free bulk item per week. This would eliminate the need for residents to "store their trash" until amnesty day every year.

  • The Back-Door, Two-Can service has no changes and the price is frozen for the first year at $30.78 per month with a new discount for seniors of $3 per month.

The contract is written for a 5-year term. Annual increases would be between 2 and 3 percent, depending on the Transportation Index set annually by the U.S. Department of Labor. Republic Services will also install new permanent decorative refuse and recyclable receptacles downtown.

Questions before the June 16 meeting can be directed to Zach Creer, assistant to the village manager at zcreer@clarendonhills.us  or 630-286-5402.

Mary E. Campbell June 10, 2014 at 09:55 AM
1. What about recycle? 2. If 'one large item per week' can be put out (in place of the annual amnesty day), 'The Pickers' will be driving through town every weekend. While I appreciate the 'ultimate recycle' service they perform, do we want to host Mini Amnesty Day every week? DDC


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