ELBURN—The village of Elburn on Monday renewed a contract with Waste Management to continue trash collection and recycling for the next five years.
The monthly cost per home will increase about fifty cents each year, starting at $16.40 a month for the first year and ending $18.38 per month for the fifth year. The total cost is about fifty dollars after five years.
Waste Management’s Municipal Marketing Manager, Matt Hernandez, cited the cost of fuel, union contracts and steel as the reasons for the 2.9 percent increase over each year.
“The price increase of 2.9 percent allows us to keep the price where it is without having the volatility,” he said.
According to a memo from Village Administrator Erin Willrett, Waste Management will offer to provide recycling toter carts to each single-family dwelling serviced under the current contract.
Hernandez said he thought that the carts add a beautiful aesthetic to the village, and they’re easy to move around, as well.
“We will send letters out to the each of the residents that introduces the carts,” he said. “We’ll say that you have a choice between a 64 and 35 gallon cart. We’ll ask them to send us their choice and we’ll deliver them. Those people currently renting carts will keep the carts that they have. If they have a problem with one of them we’ll take care of it.”
Residents will be able to exchange a 35 gallon cart for a 64 gallon cart if they decide to.
Village President Dave Anderson said he’s “really impressed” with the customer service attitudes maintained by Waste Management drivers.
“They’re out there every day and they do the right thing,” Hernandez said of the drivers.