The City of Bloomington rolled out its new recycling and waste disposal program this morning.
City residents will no longer have to separate out their recycling, or buy garbage tags for garbage bags.
According to the city’s website, the new measures are being taken to reduce the, “high number of injuries and subsequent workers compensation costs.”
Director of Public Works for the City of Bloomington Adam Wason spoke with WFHB via cell phone, while working to finish up this morning’s collection. Wason says the modernization of the city’s sanitation services was necessary to protect workers.
The new waste bins were distributed to eligible households throughout the end of September. The new city-distributed trash and recycling bins come in three different sizes: a 96 gallon bin, a 64 gallon bin, and a 35 gallon bin. Depending on the size of their trash cans, households will pay either $16.60, $10.52, or $6.22 per month.
Wason says this morning’s pickup was marred by the city’s internet line being cut Monday morning. Wason says although internet outage created difficulties with regards to customer service, this morning’s pickup went relatively smoothly.
Residents will have 60 days to switch out their cart preferences before they will have to pay a $50 fee to switch sizes. Bloomington Sanitation Services have announced that charges for trash disposal and bin fees will be accessible on residents’ water bills.
Old trash cans and recycling bins can be placed on the curb over the next two weeks and will be recycled at no additional charge.