Recycling and Conservation: What's New
PDC proposes two garbage service contract proposals
8/23/16 PEORIA — The Peoria City Council will take up the approval of the city's biggest contract, the annual $6 million tab for picking up residents' garbage, at Tuesday's meeting.
Two proposals with PDC, the company that's been picking up the city's trash since 2010, are on the table — one for a twoand-a-half-year extension and another for threeand- a- half years. Both feature annual 3 percent increases while the longerterm contract proposal also includes an increase in recycling costs since pick-ups would be every two weeks instead of the present once- a- month schedule. PDC would also add an extra week of yard waste service in December in the first proposal.
Both proposals would see the rental cost for an additional 95-gallon cart go to $4 per month. Additional wheeled carts can presently be rented for $ 2.50 a month. According to PDC, about 3,800 homes rent an additional cart in the city. When the City Council discussed the matter of a contract extension with PDC in June, City Manager Patrick Urich cited the recycling issue. “The public has expressed a strong desire to increase the frequency of recycling. But increasing the number of pick-ups comes with a cost. The present fee is $14 per month. We would likely increase the fee $2 per month to cover the cost of additional recycling,” he said.
PDC spokesman Eric Shangraw said if the city elected to upgrade the recycling program, PDC would go from 12 recycling pick-ups a year to 26. “We need more trucks and more men to make that happen,” he said.
About 10,000 residents presently
elect to use the voluntary recycling service out of the 40,000 homes that PDC serves in the city, said Shangraw. That's a little below the national average of 32 percent for voluntary recycling programs, he said.
“Morton has a 95 percent recycling rate but the program has been going on in that community for 25 years. There's also a financial incentive to recycle there since there's a limit on how much garbage you can put out,” said Shangraw.
First District Councilwoman Denise Moore and 3rd District Councilman Tim Riggenbach raised another issue at the June meeting: eliminating or reducing monthly garbage charges to property owners of vacant homes who have complained about being charged for a service that's not being used.
“The vacant home issue is more problematic,” said Urich. “In order to establish a differential rate for vacant homes we would need to work with the county treasurer to see the feasibility of different rates for different homes. The `current services' proposal (basically a contract extension) for only 30 months would allow staff to examine issues like this in more detail and prepare a more comprehensive request for proposals for waste collection. Our current solid waste consultant, Foth Infrastructure, has estimated that it would take 18 months to undertake a comprehensive proposal process,” he said.
Heartland Bank Offers Document Shred Days
Heartland Bank and Trust is hosting a document shred day Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 8:30am - noon. Participants can bring up to 10 boxes to 9010 N Allen Road, Peoria. Other events will be held at other locations on different days. Check out Heartland Bank's website for details at hbtbank.com/shred-days
Eagle Enterprises offers curbside recycling to Bartonville residents
Bartonville homeowners can take advantage of recycling right at your home...call Eagle Enterprises to get your bin today - 888-932-2936
Grant Funds for Rural Residential Recycling
Building Sustainable Communities
Peoria County is working to provide recycling opportunities in small towns facing unique challenges that make programs expensive. Take advantage of this program offering grant funds to engage your community to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Applications Due: Anytime. Funds given out on first-come, first-served basis until depleted.
School Recycling & Waste Reduction Grants to continue in Fall 2016
Peoria County's Office of Sustainability and Resource Conservation Department is offering School Recycling/Waste Reduction grants. Schools within Peoria County may apply to receive up to $300 in waste reduction materials, or $600 if a school representative attends a waste reduction workshop presented by Peoria County's recycling educator.
Waste reduction materials and resources help schools become more active participants in our community's waste reduction efforts. Grant items include various recycling and compost bins, reusable lapboards, worksheet covers, books, and field trip funds.
Grant applications will be accepted in August.
Teacher workshops will be scheduled and posted soon.
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Rain Barrels for sale
Contact Peoria County Soil and Water Conservation District for a rain barrel. 6715 N. Smith Rd. – Edwards, IL 61528 – Phone (309) 671-7040, Ext. 3 – Fax (309) 671-7325