As I announced last week, starting this Monday, June 11th, the City of Chicago is changing its garbage collection methods from a ward-based collection system to a “grid” system, creating routes bordered by main streets and natural boundaries rather than artificial ward boundaries.
If you live in a single family home or small apartment building or condominium building (four units or less), the City of Chicago picks up your garbage. Beginning Monday your garbage will be picked up on either Monday or Tuesday, depending on where you live.
Below is a map that sets forth the new grid and the days of the week that household garbage will be collected:
49th Ward residents who live north of Pratt and/or east of Sheridan (the blue area) will receive garbage pick-up every Monday. 49th Ward residents who live south of Pratt and west of Sheridan (the red area) will receive garbage pick-up every Tuesday.
Ten trucks will be dispatched to pick up garbage in the same area on the same day. As a result, the routes and timing of the collections have changed. To ensure your garbage is collected, make sure your garbage cart and refuse are completely accessible the night before your pick up day.
If you live in a building of five units or greater, this new system does not apply to you. Your refuse is collected by a private scavenger and your collection days are controlled by the contract entered into by your landlord, co-op, or condominium association.
It may take several weeks to work out all the kinks in the new collection system, so please be patient. If it works as planned, the new collection system could save Chicago’s taxpayers tens of millions of dollars a year.
If you have any questions about the new garbage collection system, please reply to this e-mail or call my Ward Service Office at 773-338-5796.