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Garbage and Recycling
Beginning November 1, 2010 the Village instituted a new Garbage and Recycling Program for our residential community. The new program will provide a basic level of service at no additional cost with optional “direct pay” services available from Waste Management.
The Village Board approved the change in service after reviewing the results of our recent Refuse and Recycling Survey conducted on our website. Village officials sought input from our residents regard- ing their current garbage and recycling habits, as well as their choice in maintaining unlimited garbage removal for an additional fee or instituting a basic level of service at no additional cost with optional services paid only by those households requiring them.
Approximately 84% of the households responding to the survey supported the idea of establishing a basic level of service rather than paying to continue unlimited garbage removal for the entire community.
The new basic level of service will include weekly pickup of unlimited recycling, one 35-gallon container of garbage (up to 50lbs), and one large item per household. This change represents a cut in spending that will enable the Village to continue providing residential garbage and recycling service without imposing an “across the board” cost increase to our residents. While there may be some households who will still require more garbage pickup than what is provided under the new plan, most will find they are able to greatly reduce their volume of garbage by familiarizing themselves with all the materials that can be recycled and maximizing their recycling efforts.
Keep in mind that with our unlimited recycling program you are not limited to using the 18 gallon square recycling container provided by Waste Management. To learn more about what materials can be recycled and what containers may be used, please see Recycling Guidelines.
If you exceed the 35-gallon container (50lb) garbage limit, options are available. See chart for more information regarding garbage options to determine which one best suits your needs.
By instituting the new Garbage and Recycling Program we also hope to achieve another Village goal widely supported by our survey respondents which is to increase our community’s recycling efforts in support of a Green initiative to reduce Johnsburg’s carbon footprint.