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New Chicago Garbage Collection Fees, Updated Recycling Guidelines

garbage-1With the passage of the 2016 Chicago budget by the City Council last year, some changes are in effect for trash collection.

A new garbage collection fee of $9.50 per month per dwelling will be billed to residential properties with four or fewer units.

According to an email sent out by Alderman Osterman, “Beginning in April,  the garbage fee will appear on a new, unified utility bill that reflects charges for water and sewer services provided by the Department of Water Management and garbage services provided by the Department of Streets and Sanitation. This unified bill will allow residents to receive one bill and pay all costs in one payment each billing cycle.”

If your residence has a water meter account, you will continue to be billed every two months. If you have a non-metered account, you will be billed every six months as usual.

The new unified bill will include all charges for trash pick-up since the beginning of the year along with current charges for water, sewer and garbage services.

Seniors whose property tax bill is included in the Cook County Assessor’s Senior Freeze Exemption, will receive a 50 percent off their trash collection bill.

Also, the City of Chicago has adopted new guidelines for your recycling. Do not put your recyclables in garbage bags, place them directly into your bin. Break down all cardboard boxes and place them into the bin.

A new website released by the Department of Streets & Sanitation details what can be recycled and what cannot be placed in the bins. Click Here for the website.

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