Chicago Phasing in Grid Garbage Collection

June 11, 2012

Trash pickup for Chicago real estate owners and renters is about to change.

The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation is replacing the current ward-by-ward garbage collection system with a new grid collection program that will start on Monday.

The system, which changes garbage collection routes from non-linear ward geography to a grid system with routes bordered by main streets, aims to increase collection efficiency and crew productivity while saving taxpayers about $20 million in operation costs.

“Over the past several weeks, we have worked closely with the aldermen and community groups to inform residents about the benefits of the grid garbage collection system as well as potential day of service changes,” said Commissioner Thomas G. Byrne, Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation.

“Everyone should anticipate receiving the same high quality, weekly collection services they have come to expect from the City of Chicago with a significant savings to taxpayers. Some residents may experience a change in their refuse collection day, but that will be the only change.”

From Monday through Friday of this week, the department will post color-coded notifications on city-serviced household refuse boxes in seven North Side wards (40, 44, 46, 47, 48, 49 and 50) to inform residents of the change and when they will receive garbage pickup.

The new day of service will begin during the week of June 11.

Phase two will include wards 30, 33, 35, 38, 39, 41 and 45 and is expected to begin later this summer.

Residents who receive curbside blue cart recycling will be serviced on the same day as their garbage pickup; alley blue cart recycling services will see no change.

For more information, visit cityofchicago.org/dss, call 3-1-1 or contact your ward office.

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