ELBURN – Residents likely will see a new waste-hauler truck pick up their garbage when the village’s current contract with Waste Management, Inc. expires on Sept. 30.
After contracting with Waste Management for approximately 20 years, the Village Board decided to explore what other haulers might be able to offer to service residents’ waste needs.
According to Village Administrator John Nevenhoven, the village wasn’t unhappy with Waste Management; trustees simply wanted to see what the market could offer. They also wanted to explore the options for curbside electronic recycling.
Of the proposals received from four different companies, trustees were in agreement with Nevenhoven’s recommendation to let the contract with Waste Management expire, and to pursue a new one with Lake Shore Recycling, a company recently contracted in neighboring towns of St.Charles and Geneva.
According to Nevenhoven, the first consideration was that there would be a 9 percent savings in the monthly service fee, from the current rate of $18.30/month with Waste Management down to $16.75/month with Lake Shore.
In addition, Lake Shore appeared to have more flexibility in terms of picking up yard waste than has been the case with Waste Management. According to trustee Pat Schuberg, the current contract with Waste Management called for pick up of yard waste only from April 1 to Nov. 30.
Schuberg said that currently, if residents accumulated yard waste after Nov. 30, they would have to hang onto it until the spring. The Lake Shore representative said that their yard waste service is typically extended by two weeks on the front end in the spring as well as into the late fall/early winter.
The curbside electronic recycling service offered by Lake Shore is based on the amount being recycled as opposed to a flat fee, and residents would only be charged when they have something to recycle, as opposed to a monthly fee charged to everyone.
Options for organic waste are being explored and are yet to be determined.
There are currently approximately 2,000 households being serviced by Waste Management.
The board will vote on the contract with Lake Shore at an upcoming board meeting.