QUINCY -- May 1 will be the start of a new fiscal year and the start of new garbage, recycling and yard waste programs in Quincy.
Garbage stickers will double in price to $1.50 for small bags and $3 for large bags. Recycling will become an opt-in program with participants charged $5 per month on utility bills and getting new recycling bins so that collection crews know who is participating.
What if people don't have garbage cans/updated stickers/new recycling bins in May when the changes are scheduled to occur? Will their items not be collected? Will they face citations or get letters?
KM: We will have inspectors out when the program changes go into effect May 1. I do not believe you will see mass violations right away, as we will first try to educate as many residents as we can. Eventually, if there are repeat offenders, I imagine a citation would be issued.
If the city changes the color of the stickers and the bins, how much will it cost to change the system by buying new recycling containers, stickers, etc.? Presumably, people could double up to use leftover blue stickers on their garbage bags. What about the old recycling bins? What will happen to them?
KM: Residents will still be able to utilize their blue stickers but will have to put double the amount on the bag beginning May 1. We have a healthy inventory of blue stickers left. Once they run out we will order the new red stickers.
We will still take garbage with the old orange or blue stickers as long as they have the correct amount of stickers that reflects their value. We budget for the cost of new stickers and recycling totes every year, so we would recoup that cost in the current budget.
Is this a step toward privatizing the trash and garbage system?
KM: No it's a step to better reflect what the City Council deemed as "essential services" as outlined by the Sustainability Committee's report that was adopted by the council. The "core" essential services were identified as: Police, Fire, Infrastructure and Utilities. This fiscal year's budget included over $900,000 in cuts, which are not sustainable to maintain our current level of services in those essential core services identified by the committee. Exploring the option of having a solid waste program that pays for itself was recommended by the committee and was the basis for our financial recommendations for the program.
At one time the city didn't allow private haulers to serve residential customers. Why was that changed?
KM: When we looked at this program in 2013, we did find that originally, the city of Quincy was to be the sole provider for solid waste pickups within the city limits. However, over the years private haulers were allowed to operate. When it was proposed to enforce rules that the city is the sole provider, many of the private haulers said that would cause them to close their business. With that in mind, the council waived that section of the ordinance and required a private hauler license.
How rare is it for a city with a municipal garbage collection program to allow private sector competitors?
KM: It is very rare. Most cities in Illinois will have one service provider, either publicly delivered or private. A few cities have "zones" where only one private hauler can operate within an area of the city. I believe Springfield allows multiple haulers, but the city itself is not providing the service.
Who is licensed to collect trash in town?
Area Disposal Service, Inc.
PO Box 9071
Peoria, IL 61612-9071
Steinkamp Clean Up Jobs
2833 N. 12th
Quincy, IL 62301
Republic Services of Quincy/dba
Allied Waste Transportation Inc.
3110 Koch's Lane
Quincy, IL 62305
A-1 Hauling and Removal
518 Spring Lake Drive
Quincy, IL 62305