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updated: 8/23/2011 5:40 PM

Naperville Twp. garbage pickup costs to drop

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Naperville Township has inked an agreement with a company to provide recycling and waster-hauling services -- a deal that will cut residents' garbage collection costs in half.

Voters in unincorporated Naperville Township last year gave Supervisor Gary Vician the green light to bid out waste hauling contracts. Effective Oct. 1, Groot Recycling and Waste Services will assume all waste-hauling duties for the approximately 8,500 unincorporated township residents.

Residents, including the approximately 60 percent who already contract with Groot, will see their monthly waste bills cut. For single-family homes, the cost will be pared from $30 to $17.37, and from $25 to $11 for multifamily dwellings. By the third year, those residents will pay $18.43 and $11.67 respectively.

"It is costing Groot more to skip every fourth household. They decided it is more cost-effective to do every house and do it cheaper," said Township Trustee Dave Wentz. "So this arrangement saves each household some real money to the tune of about $180 per year."

Township roadways are also expected to take less of a beating with fewer trucks on the road. Currently each household, unless it is a member of an association, has an individual contract with a waste hauler. Those arrangements mean as many as four garbage trucks are riding through the area on any given day.

Such pooling has been used in other areas, including Lisle Township, to combat rapidly increasing hauler rates as gas prices increased. Wentz said the township was also able to negotiate an agreement that prevents the hauler from passing increased fuel prices on to the residents throughout the contract.

"That was huge for us," Wentz said.

The contract also sets yard waste pickup sticker costs at $2.80 and includes free Christmas tree pickup for the first three weeks of January.

Township residents should call Groot at (877) 775-1200 to register for the new recycling and waste hauling services.