New Garbage Services Contract

New Garbage Collection Contract Brings Lower Costs, Service Changes
Posted on 01/20/2021
Groot Truck

While the twice-a-week pickup service has been eliminated, lower costs and additional services including electronic waste pickup are highlights of the recently approved 7-year contract with Groot Industries, effective April 1, 2021.

The optional twice-a-week pickup service was eliminated since only 7% of households utilize it. In addition, twice-a-week causes more wear and tear on Village streets, adds more traffic as well as adds more noise and air pollution.

There will be no change in the collection schedule for residents' who use the once-a-week collection service. For those who have used the twice-a-week option, your new once-a-week collection date will be the same day of your current recycling and yardwaste collection. Please check the map to determine your once-a-week collection day. Groot will offer an additional free cart size swap for households transitioning from twice-a-week pickup during the first year of the contract. 

In seeking proposals for garbage, recycling and landscape services for single-family households in the Village, Groot offered the lowest price for basic weekly curbside collection: a 5.6% price reduction for once per week, curbside refuse collection (from $18.33 to $17.30). Additionally, Groot is offering a 14% discount in landscape waste sticker price (from $2.85 to $2.45). Also, a new 10% discount will be offered for Active Military. 

Highlights of the new Groot contract:

  • Two electronic items collected from the curb at each household per week at no additional fee.

  • Five free landscape waste bags or bundles collected on the third landscape waste collection day annually in April.

  • Two for one leaf bag collection expanded by two weeks, changed from November 1st to October 15th.

  • Groot will offer an additional free cart size swap for households transitioning from twice per week refuse subscription during the first year of the contract. 

  • Once per week unlimited refuse collection only, eliminating the option for twice per week.

  • Seven-year contract effective April 1, 2021, with the option for a five-year extension.

  • Annual increases shall be determined by the Consumer Price Index, for Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, All Urban Consumers (CPI- U), All Items (1982-84 = 100), with a minimum of 1.5% and a maximum of 3.5%.

  • 5.6% price reduction for once per week refuse collection, curbside ($18.33 to $17.30).

  • 14% reduction in landscape waste sticker price ($2.85 to $2.45).

  • Landscape waste subscription increase from three unstickered bags or bundles weekly to five.

  • Landscape waste/food scrap cart subscription increase from seven to nine unstickered bags or bundles.

  • 10% discount for Active Military. The discount is available for residences with a family member that normally lives in the home and is in full-time military service or is a Guard/Reservist that is actively deployed.

  • New charge for oversized items, i.e. piano, hot tub. Does not apply to mattresses, tables, sofas, dressers, etc. Residents must schedule collection with Groot. Will only apply to items where a separate truck and/or additional staff needed to take item.

  • The charge for oversized items is determined by volume (cubic yards). The set rate is $15 per yard.

  • For customers who are either 65 years of age or older or are disabled, backdoor service will now include both refuse and recycling collection.

  • Groot will provide an Annual Household Hazardous Waste or Specialty Disposal Event at a cost not to exceed $30,000 per event. The nature of the event will be mutually agreed upon by the Village and Groot. The event may be annual, biannual, or another frequency, as long as it is the equivalent of $30,000 per year.

For more information on the Groot contract and services, click here.