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Recycling & Refuse - Residences

 

The City of Evansville has approved a new contract with Advanced Disposal to switch over to an automated collection system for residential refuse and recycling starting in January 2014.

Residents will be able to select from 35, 64, or 96 gallon carts.  Advanced Disposal is mailing a card to all residential property owners to select their cart size by December 15.  Cards may be returned directly to Advanced Disposal or to City Hall.  The different sizes do not have different prices, but there will be a charge to change sizes.

2014 Calendar and Info Flyer........

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are my choices for cart sizes?

Residents will be able to select from 35, 64, or 96 gallon carts.  Advanced Disposal is mailing a card to all residential property owners to select their cart size by December 15.  Cards may be returned directly to Advanced Disposal or to City Hall.  The different sizes do not have different prices, but there will be a charge to change sizes.

One size will be used for both refuse and recycling carts.

35 gallon cart: 37.5” high, 19” wide, 23.75” deep, 22 lbs.

64 gallon cart: 41.5” high, 24” wide, 27” deep, 29 lbs.

96 gallon cart: 46” high, 26” wide, 34.5” deep, 40 lbs.

What if I don’t choose a cart size?

Any non-response and late-response cards will get the 96 gallon cart size as the default choice.

Can I change cart size later?

Yes, but there will be a $170 charge to change sizes after the selection period.

Do I have to switch to automated carts?

The refuse and recycling service is mandatory for all residential properties in the city.  A few apartments and small businesses opt to participate in the collection. 

What is the new collection schedule going to be?

The changes to the collection schedule will not occur until after the new carts are delivered (expected the second week of January).

  • Refuse collection will still be on a weekly basis.  They will still be Tuesday and Thursday routes. 

  • Recycling will change to an every other week collection schedule. 

  • Bulk item collection will go to a monthly collection on the first collection day of the month, but extra tags will no longer be needed. 

  • Appliances and freon-containing items will still need to be scheduled with the contractor and have an additional charge.

  • Electronics (e-waste) will be able to be disposed at the Public Works Garage during business hours at no additional charge.  It is illegal to dispose of electronic items in the garbage; info here.....

  • Holidays: In weeks with a national holiday, all collection dates occurring on or after the holiday will be delayed one day.

Why is the city changing to an automated collection system?

The trend in the waste hauling industry has been to change from a bag system to a cart system.  The carts increase efficiency by automating the collection and allowing the recycling to be collected on an every other week cycle.  In the long-run, the automation also reduces job injuries and workers compensation claims.  In the eye of the beholder, the uniform containers can also improve the aesthetics of curbside collection.  An additional benefit is a reduction in loose materials blowing about the neighborhood.

What is the cost?

The household assessment will increase by $14 from $139 to $153 for the year.  About $6.50 of the increase is due to inflation and the new contract, about $5.50 is to cover lost tag revenues, and about $1.00 for wages/benefits and inflation in the leaf and brush collection.

Did the city consider other options?

This summer, the city conducted a request for proposals (RFP) for a company to collect, transport, and dispose of refuse and recycling from residences in the city.

Five companies responded with eleven proposals.  All five companies offered automated cart collection; three offered a bag system; one offered a hybrid cart and bag system; and two offered longer contracts with a cart system.  The city chose to enter a seven-year contract for automated carts with Advanced Disposal.

What should I do with my old recycling bin?

Hey, it’s yours; do what you want.  Most people will find it a pretty handy container for storing toys, sporting goods, tools, or other odd items.  Some might sell theirs at the city-wide garage sale.  Or, the bin itself can be recycled if you don’t have any use for it.

Who should I contact if I have other questions?

  • Advanced Disposal can be reached at (920) 563-4505.

  • City Hall can be reached at (608) 882-2266.

What about chemicals and hazardous waste?

The Clean Sweep program provides county residents with a safe and affordable way to dispose of hazardous materials.  Please see Rock County website for additional info....

 

What about yard waste?

The city will pick up yard waste the first full work week of each month from April through October.  Please cut brush to 6 foot lengths and place on the terrace parallel to the curb.  Yard waste (leaves, clippings, etc) must be bagged or in containers.  Materials placed in the street have a tendency to clog stormwater drainage and cause local flooding; please keep brush and yard waste on the terrace.

 

Annual Fall leaf pick-up begins in late October and runs until Thanksgiving, weather permitting. Place leaf-piles in the street adjacent to the gutter, not on the terraces.

You may also drop off yard waste at the city’s drop-off site at 465 Water Street. This site is open to Evansville residents for yard waste only.  Weather permitting the site is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from mid-April until the Saturday before Thanksgiving. It is also open on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. during daylight savings time.

 

608-882-2266 ph • Evansville City Hall• PO Box 76 • 31 S. Madison St. • Evansville, WI 53536