One alderman sent a note: While initially expensive, these cans will provide for automation which will save money in the long term.
Update #2. the author of this story needs to do more research. Some of the facts stated are not correct. I’m told there is no $50 fee. Also, statements and quotes are either taken out of context or totally false.
Illinois nanny city now requiring $50 trash cans
This city of about 76,000 people in central Illinois is now requiring residents buy $50 trash cans, with an emphasis on the 96-gallon size.
Bloomington’s city council on Monday approved spending $950,000 to buy 19,000 trash cans, and those costs will be passed on to residents.
“The city looked at best practices and safe work conditions for the employees and made the choice to go with (automated collections),” Alex McElroy the assistant to Bloomington’s city manager, told Illinois Watchdog. “The main goal is not to have employees getting out of the truck regularly.”
Bloomington had thought about privatizing its garbage collection as recently as April, but after the city’s public employee unions balked, the city council caved.