City could end trash pickup for larger buildings

By Hal Dardick – Chicago Tribune

The city is poised to stop picking up garbage at more than 1,800 larger apartment buildings under a measure advanced by aldermen Tuesday.

The change would put an end to city garbage hauling for apartment buildings with more than four units that were getting the service under a 15-year exemption. Building owners would have 90 days to find a private trash hauler if the full council approves the plan Wednesday as expected.

It’s unclear how much savings, if any, the city will actually see unless it decides to reduce its Streets and Sanitation payroll. For now, O’Shea and Williams said, workers hauling garbage at larger buildings would be assigned other work, such as trimming trees and cleaning vacant lots and viaducts. Immediate savings would result only from reduced disposal, equipment and fuel costs. read more…..