The Evanston City Council, as part of the adopted budget this year, decided to close its recycling center located at 2222 Oakton St. effective August 1, 2010 thus saving tax payers nearly $100,000 yearly.

“The City conducted two surveys of people using the recycling center and found that over half of the users were not from Evanston,” explained Suzette Robinson, Director of Public Works. “In our proposal to Council, we recommended that the City adopt a comprehensive curbside recycling program that would cover all residential, multi-family dwellings and businesses.”

The City now requires that multifamily dwellings make available to tenants at least one free 95-gallon cart provided by Groot Industries Inc. as a part of the commercial solid franchise agreement. All multifamily dwellings will receive the 95-gallon carts by August 1.

Additionally, businesses will now be provided a free 95-gallon cart that they must request from Groot.

“All entities (residential home owners, condo owners, multifamily buildings and businesses in the franchise) within Evanston will have a weekly curbside recycling collection option eliminating the need to operate a recycling drop-off center at the expense of Evanston tax payers,” said Ms. Robinson. “Essentially we will no longer subsidize non-Evanston residents while at the same time providing for more convenient curbside recycling for those who do live here.” 

Residents with questions regarding recycling or refuse collection can contact the City of Evanston Streets and Sanitation Division at 847/866-2940.