Paying for a service that I need only half as often

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I read the article regarding compost with some interest. It is good to know that residents can have an impact on how local concerns can be addressed. I would like to raise another concern as the village negotiates its contract with Republic Services. My wife and I are avid recyclers, and have composted for several years. Now that our children have moved out, it is just the two of us. In a typical week we will generate about one grocery bag of garbage. We do not need to have our garbage picked up every week. Why can't Forest Park institute a program for on-demand garbage pick up? Our water bills have gone up, thanks to the city of Chicago and our property taxes are going up. It would be a pleasure to actually see some of the costs of living in Forest Park go down. The village could easily move to 'stickers' that would go on bags to be picked up when needed. Or (and perhaps this isn't realistic),  why can't every garbage can assigned to a residence have a barcode (under the lid?) that the hauler could scan before dumping, which would make for easy billing. I find it a little aggravating (and unnecessarily expensive) to be paying for a service that I need only half as often. 

Lee Maltby

Forest Park resident

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Julieta Cristina Aguilera Rodríguez  

Posted: February 25th, 2019 5:38 PM

A problem may also be massive lack of information and some lack of public trust that the community would honor what each individual declares. But then this has not even been discussed. 15 years ago I sent all the information of the PAYT (pay as you throw) program which has been successfully implemented in many communities across the country to the Mayor and to the Review but nothing happened. A sustainability commission just formed and we have a Go Green Forest Park FB group open to all residents. Please join us!

Julieta Cristina Aguilera Rodríguez  

Posted: February 25th, 2019 9:37 AM

I live in Forest Park and have been in this situation for 20 years. Nowadays, filling up our trash bin would take us 6 months but we put it out once a month just because. Most of it is trash we pick from our front yard.

Pam Fontana  

Posted: February 21st, 2019 6:41 PM

The problem with your idea, David, is that people will start to put their trash in other people's trash cans. I get it though. We also only fill our bin once every couple weeks and often only have one bag in the garbage can weekly. Just my 2 cents.

David Rechs  

Posted: February 21st, 2019 4:20 PM

I live in Oak Park but I share your concern. I live alone and generate very little garbage. I fill the recycling bin in 2-3 weeks, but the garbage bin in 4-6 weeks. I contacted the village a few years ago to discuss "volume based pickup fees" where a small chip on the bin (similar to anti shoplifting devices) would be read by a device on the truck when the bin is "tipped" into the truck. The cost of setting it up would be remarkably small. Then the hauler and thus the village could charge based on "bins/period" rather than a flat rate. In addition to lowering costs for single people and (often retired people) it would be a strong incentive for people to recycle/compost more and waste less (which the villages and candidates/trustees say they favor). OP replied that they have asked Waste-Management about it, and WM is considering the possibility someday.... In my opinion, villages (their customers) must demand it!

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