Bloomington residents get more choices for garbage pickup

By Celsy Martindale

September 9, 2013 Updated Sep 10, 2013 at 10:55 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The city of Bloomington is one step closer to changing the way it collects garbage.

Monday night, the Bloomington City Council approved the purchase of trash carts at a cost of $950,000.

Alderman voted 7-1 in favor of an amendment that allows the city to purchase 35-gallon, 65-gallon and 95-gallon carts.

The 35-gallon trash cart was not originally included, but Bloomington's Public Works Director said the small carts were needed for those who are not physically able to move the larger bins to the curb.

"A lot of citizens are going to be very happy about that. Hopefully we'll be able to take care of some of our elderly and other people who need smaller carts," said Jim Karch, Director of Public Works.

There are still a few more steps to go before residents will see new carts. Public Works will need to find storage for the three cart sizes.

The council has yet to decide how to implement the automated pick-up in areas like mobile homes and apartment complexes.

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