New way of picking up Chicago’s trash

April 26, 2013
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The old school way of garbage removal in Chicago – which has ties to the notorious Democratic Machine – has been thrown in the trash.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel finalized the new Grid Garbage Transition last week, which was largely untouched for the past 100 years, according to a recent WBEZ article.

By moving to a grid garbage collection system, “the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation will reduce its average daily refuse collection truck deployment from nearly 360 trucks to less than 320 trucks each day, while using fewer crews and fuel,” the mayor’s office told WBEZ reporter Elliott Ramos.

As a result of the new system, the city will save more than $18 million annually, according to an April 11 press release.

“We are delivering on a promise to taxpayers to provide residents with the most efficient, cost-effective services,” said Emanuel in the release.

Read the full WBEZ article here.

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