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City Proposing Changes to Curbside Waste Collection

BLOOMINGTON - A move to change curbside waste pick-up is underway but it’s coming at a cost.
BLOOMINGTON - A move to change curbside waste pick-up is underway but it’s coming at a cost.

Monday, the city council will vote to spend nearly one million dollars for wheeled garbage carts similar to its current recycle bins.

The transition would come in phases.

Proposed funding would pay for the purchase of 19,000 containers.

But the city needs about 7,000 more, an expense requiring the city’s 2013 budget to be amended.

Leaders say the move saves money on staffing.

"This is going to change the way we use our people. Before we'd have one driver and two people on the back,” explained public works director Jim Karch.  “Most of the time those people on the back were seasonal anyway so the positive thing for us is this will allow us to reallocate some staff and be able to look at how we can continue to best serve the citizens."

If approved Monday night, leaders hope to roll out the new carts later this year.

East side residents would be the first to use the new program.

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