Talkin’ Trash with the City of Elgin!

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The Elgin Strategic Plan Advisory Commission invites you to attend a community discussion about our current waste hauling program. Give your input on ways we could improve service, control costs and lower the volume of trash we generate.

The Strategic Plan Advisory Commission was put in place in 2013 to assist the City Council and city management by providing input and direction on issues related to the city’s Strategic Plan. A part of those duties includes advising the council on key issues of concern to the public.

The Commission will host two public meetings designed to gather input from residents on curbside trash pickup. Residents are invited to attend the one most convenient to their schedules.

Meeting locations and times are as follows:
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, 28 Brookside Dr.

After ten years, the current contract with Waste Management will expire in 2014. The city will be soliciting bids from waste haulers in the spring and will use these meetings to discuss potential additions or changes that the public might want included in the contract.

At these public meetings, residents will be asked to share their opinions on current services as well as options the city should consider as part of the new contract. Among the subjects that will be discussed will be controlling costs by lowering the volume of waste going to the curb through initiatives such as recycling, composting and educational campaigns.

Dan Ault, Senior Analyst for the City of Elgin is overseeing the new contract.“Elgin has a reputation for having one of the finest waste programs in the area, and the cost to our residents in the lowest in the area. We want to take this opportunity to discuss the changing needs and desires of our residents in the coming years and take those things into consideration when negotiating the next contract. We want to continue to provide high quality service at reasonable cost to our residents.”

For more information regarding the upcoming meetings please contact Cherie Murphy, staff liaison to the Strategic Plan Advisory Commission at 847-931-5667 or