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New garbage carts for Blo-No residents

(Jake Johnson / Photographer) Garbage carts stacked up at the Central Illinois Regional Airport.

(Jake Johnson / Photographer)
Garbage carts stacked up at the Central Illinois Regional Airport.

The Bloomington Public Works Department has made some changes to spruce up the manner residents recycle and dispose of their trash.

Effective on March 3, all citizens in Bloomington will be required to take part in the automated process of collecting garbage. The new trucks will use mechanical arms to lift the carts.

On Feb. 6, the Public Works department began issuing the new garbage carts, Jim Karch, director of Bloomington Public Works, said.

Residents are advised not to use the carts until March 3 when the new system is implemented.

The garbage carts range in size from 35 to 95 gallons. The size of cart delivered to Bloomington residents will be the size they ordered either by mailing card or online.

If a person did not sign up, Bloomington will provide you with the default size of 95 gallons.

“This has been talked about for the past five years,” Karch said.

“We actually did multiple different reports of solid waste analysis and went through the process of trying to give the council the ability to see if that wanted to go in this direction.”

The new garbage carts will be color coded to prevent confusion for local residents. The black lid carts will be for garbage and the blue lid carts will be delegated for recyclable materials.

The fee structure associated with the new carts will be effective on May 1. For a 95 gallon cart the monthly fee is $20, a 65 gallon cart’s monthly fee is $18 and a 35 gallon cart’s monthly fee is $16. This increment is subject to change by year.

This new structure replaces the flat fee of $16 per month. The new fees are not an addition to the previous flat fee.

If a resident has more than two carts, a black lid cart and a recyclable cart, the additional fee is $25 per cart. Concurrently, at a date in the future Bloomington Public Works will sell stickers for $3 each for additional cart. Concurrently, at a date in the future Bloomington Public Works will sell stickers for $3 each for additional bags of garbage used beyond the cart’s capacity.

Furthermore, a $30 administrative fee for switching from a smaller cart to a larger cart will be issued, Karch said. Switching from a larger to a smaller cart carries no fee.

Residents wishing to remove or dispose of their old garbage carts can contact Bloomington Public Works who will help recycle the carts.

The correct procedure for handling the new carts will be to make sure cart handles face in toward the house, the lid must be closed, the arrows on the cart lid should face the street and the proper clearance of three feet on either side of the cart should be maintained, Karch said.

“It can help clean up the community by having a more consistent pathway of collecting garbage,” Karch said.

“It allows for parkways to be clean and encourages recycling. This really is a benefit for the efficiency of collection.”

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