The Village Board recently renewed the municipal solid waste contract with Groot Industries. The new contract, which expires in 2022, lowers collection rates for all single family collection services, and expands the solid waste and recycling options now in place. Additional disposal options included at no extra charge, include the curbside collection of electronic waste, a food-scrap collection option, and “limited” weekly collection services with a lower rate than the current unlimited option. The current service schedule will not change. Residents will continue to receive service on the collection day for which they are currently scheduled. New rates went into effect on the October, 2016 bills. Please take a look at the 2016 Mundelein Garbage & Recycling Program Information Guide for more about the recent changes.
New Program Additions Include:
- Food Scrap Collection STARTING APRIL-2017-Mundelein residents will be permitted to place approved food scrap materials inside their landscape bags and containers. This new program, known as a "ride-a-long" option, enables residents to take an active role in helping to reduce the amount of garbage being sent to area landfills. Food waste is the largest single component of the waste stream. Programs to divert food waste from the landfill are becoming more popular around the country.
- E-Waste Collection-Groot will now be collecting electronic waste at curbside at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE. To take advantage of this service, residents will be required to call Groot at 877-404-7668 to schedule a date and time for collection. Please note that some items such as large televisions requiring more than one person to collect may require an additional fee as determined by Groot.
- Frequency of leaf collection service has been increased.
- Under the Unlimited Standard Refuse Program, residents will continue to have unlimited weekly collection of household garbage with a 95-gallon cart. One bulk item (non-appliance) will be collected each week for no additional charge. The monthly fee for this service is reduced to $21.60 from $23.65.
- The limited weekly collection service includes one 65-gallon cart and one bulk item (non-appliance) per week. Additional garbage found outside the cart will require one prepaid refuse sticker (now $2.55 down from $2.83) to be affixed to each container or bag not to exceed 33 gallons. The price for this service is $17.75 per month.
- The Pay-Per-Bag Refuse Program, remains in the contract. This option is for residents that produce very little garbage. It requires that the customer pay the monthly recycling charge (now $7.55 per month down from $8.39) and affix one prepaid refuse sticker to each garbage container or bag, not to exceed 33-gallons, for weekly collection. Each container or bag cannot exceed 50 pounds. The price for refuse stickers has been reduced to $2.55 from $2.83.
- A new senior limited program has been added. For this rate, as for the senior unlimited rate, residents must be 65 years old or older and registered with the Village for the water bill discount. The senior limited garbage rate is $15.98 per month for one 35-gallon cart for refuse and 35-gallon cart for recycling. Additional refuse outside the cart will require one prepaid refuse sticker affixed to each container or bag not to exceed 33 gallons.
- The senior unlimited program includes weekly collection of one 35-gallon cart for refuse and one 35-gallon cart for recycling. Includes one bulk item collection per month. The monthly senior unlimited garbage rate is reduced to $19.44 from $19.84.
Under the new contract residents may stay with their current service level or switch to one of the new collection programs:
Limited Program: 65 gallon garbage container and 65 gallon recycling container ($17.75/month).
Limited Program: 65 gallon garbage container and 95 gallon recycling container ($17.75/month).
Limited Senior Program: 35-gallon garbage and recycling container. No bulk item. ($15.98/month)
In order to switch to one of these programs you must notify Groot via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (877-404-7668) and provide your name, address and contact information. Please make your request by December 15, 2016. Groot will switch out carts by January 15, 2017. The new rates will be reflected on your January Groot bill.
The basic features of the Yard Waste collection program remain the same. Yard Waste is collected from April until the end of leaf collection. The yard waste sticker price has been reduced from $2.83 to $2.55, effective January 1, 2017. The annual yard waste subscription service, which includes collection of up to 4 containers per week, will be $102.02, also effective January 1, 2017, down from $113.35. Residents who wish to recycle food scraps may add biodegradable food waste (fruits, vegetables, breads, pasta, non-liquid dairy products, eggshells, coffee grounds, etc.) to the landscape waste starting in April 2017.
The new Groot contract is designed to encourage the recycling of as much solid was as possible. The Village and Groot are working in partnership to achieve compliance with Lake County’s 65% recycling goal by 2020. If we do not achieve that goal, Groot will forgo one year of inflationary price increases. If we are successful, Groot will have one year added to the contract.
Please help Mundelein achieve the 65% recycling goal. Recycling approved materials extends the life of local landfills, conserves natural resources, and reduces energy consumption. Recycling significantly reduces waste and protects the environment for future generations. The natural resources on our planet earth are limited so we must make the most to conserve, recycle and reuse whenever possible.
Studies have shown that:
- More than 60% of the rubbish that ends up in trash bins can be recycled.
- Around 16% of the cost of a product is spent on its packaging which is completely wasted if not disposed of properly.
- 80% of a vehicle can be recycled.
- Aluminum cans can be recycled completely and put to use in a short time.
- Thousands of glass jars and bottles are thrown away every day.
- Glass can be recycled 100% and reused.
- Glass products which end up in landfills do not decompose at all.
- It has been observed that 24 trees are cut down to make one ton of paper. On the contrary, recycled paper is proved to create 70% less pollution compared to normal non-recycled material paper production.
- Plastics, which can often be recycled, take around 500 years to decompose.
- One recycled tin can saves enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
- 70% less energy is utilized to recycle paper compared to making it from raw materials.
- Similarly when you recycle one glass bottle, it can save enough energy to power a personal computer for 25 minutes.