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Streamlining Service: Waste Collection Voted Down in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON - A move to streamline trash pickup in Bloomington could send some people in search of a private waste collector.
BLOOMINGTON - A move to streamline trash pickup in Bloomington was voted down Monday night. City council voted not to change its ordinance for garbage pick-up.

Under the proposal, apartment buildings with five units or more, and mobile homes parks, would no longer have been serviced by the city. Recently, leaders voted to purchase trash carts similar to the new recycling bins.

It's part of a plan to automate trash-up. Instead of workers emptying the bins, trucks will be equipped to do the job.

Leaders say the plan would save the city money in the long run.

“We’re trying to look for efficiencies to save the city money,” explained Public Works Director Jim Karch.  “So whenever you go to automation, you can do even more with your timing of routes and how you make collection."

But city council members were still concerned about how the changes would affect the aesthetics of the town.

"There was some concern about the viability of the older neighborhoods and whether it'd be unsightly messes for large trash cans and things like that. So, we definitely want to see that our older neighborhoods aren't going to be harmed before we move ahead with it, and i think that's what the council said," said Tari Renner, mayor of Bloomington.

More than 60 apartment buildings would be affected by the proposal. Renner says the topic will probably be revisited in the future.

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