No Holiday Trash Experiment Could End in Bloomington

Published 08/07 2014 10:06PM

Updated 08/07 2014 10:28PM

BLOOMINGTON - A short-lived trash experiment could soon be coming to an end in Bloomington.

Just a few months ago, the city started a pilot program where it would not pick up trash on any major holidays, as a way to save money.

But on Monday, council could vote to change back to the old system, after especially heavy pick-ups after Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

The potential savings on overtime could be offset by workers' compensation claims if the loads are too heavy.

"It minimizes some of the savings, increases the exposure for our employees and reduces the customer service. So, all in all, it's really just ultimately a policy level decision and our council needs to try to wrestle with it,” said Jim Karch, Bloomington public works director for Bloomington.

If the council passes the measure, pickup would resume for Labor Day, and, Christmas would be the only holiday without pickup hours.

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