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Elgin to talk trash with residents, Feb. 18 and 27

Elgin's contract with Waste Management coming an end 2014 after 10 years. The city has scheduled meeting this month get

Elgin's contract with Waste Management coming to an end in 2014 after 10 years. The city has scheduled meeting this month to get public input on a new waste hauler contract. | Sun-Times Media file

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Updated: March 6, 2014 6:33AM



ELGIN — Officials will literally be talking trash with residents at two public meetings set for this month.

The sessions are being held in light of the city’s contract with Waste Management coming to an end in 2014 after 10 years.

The city will be soliciting bids from waste haulers in the spring and will use these meetings to discuss potential additions or changes that the public might want included in the contract. Residents will be asked to share their opinions on current services as well as options the city should consider as part of the new contract.

Among the subjects to be covered will be controlling costs by lowering the volume of waste going to the curb through initiatives such as recycling, composting and educational campaigns.

The meetings are being held by the city’s Strategic Plan Advisory Commission. The first is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Community Room of Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave.; the second will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, 28 Brookside Drive.

“Elgin has a reputation for having one of the finest waste programs in the area, and the cost to our residents is the lowest in the area,” Elgin senior analyst Dan Ault said. “We want to take this opportunity to discuss the changing needs and desires of our residents in the coming years and take those things into consideration when negotiating the next contract. We want to continue to provide high-quality service at reasonable cost to our residents.”

More information regarding the meetings is available from Cherie Murphy, staff liaison to the Strategic Plan Advisory Commission, at 847-931-5667 or murphy_c@cityofelgin.org.



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