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Elgin, S. Elgin, St. Charles to collect flood debris

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An area near Riverside Drive in South Elgin was one of many that flooded due to close proximity to the Fox River and heavy rains. April 18, 2013 | Michael Smart~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 28, 2013 7:47PM

Household items damaged by flooding will be picked up along with regular trash by the disposal companies serving Elgin, South Elgin and St. Charles.

In South Elgin, Acting Public Works Director Steve Super said Republic Services will pick up flood-damaged items on each home’s regular trash-collection days for the next two weeks. Residents may place out genuinely flood-damaged items in addition to what fits into their usual trash carts, but Super said large items such as carpeting should be cut up into pieces small enough to be reasonably handled by the pickup crew.

In Elgin, Public Works Superintendent Colby Basham said the city is arranging pickups by Waste Management but details remained unclear. Solid Waste Coordinator Dan Ault could not be reached Wednesday afternoon.

According to a city of St. Charles press release, Advanced Disposal garbage trucks will pick up such items at the curb on each St. Charles neighborhood’s regularly scheduled collection days on Monday, April 29; Tuesday, April 30; and Wednesday, May 1.

According to St. Charles’ release, the extra pickup will cost that city an estimated $60,000. The Elgin and South Elgin spokespeople weren’t sure of the financial implications to those towns.

“I’m not sure how many people this really will affect,” said South Elgin’s Super. “Some people already will have arranged with a company to have cleaned up their problem, and those services may have already taken away damaged items.”

These extra collections are strictly for flood debris only, each municipality warns. “Advanced Disposal and city staff will be monitoring debris materials to ensure it is flood-related,” the St. Charles release notes.

The following items are prohibited from these special collections, either because of anti-pollution laws that ban certain materials from being buried in landfills or to prevent taking unfair advantage of the scavenger’s services:

Electronics of any kind. However, St. Charles does offer an electronics recycling container at the St. Charles Public Works Facility, at 1405 S. Seventh Ave. For more information, visit

Large home appliances

Household hazardous waste (paints, solvents, auto fluids, pesticides, chemicals, etc.)

Devices containing mercury (thermostats, thermometers, etc.)

Fluorescent bulbs (either long or compact)

Liquids and gases

Contractor construction debris


Yard waste

Routine household refuse normally collected weekly by the scavenger service.

The extra trash need not be limited to the trash carts normally provided in each town. But “if you want to keep the garbage cans/containers used to hold flood debris, please mark them with ‘Do not throw can away,’ ” the St. Charles statement warns.

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