PEORIA, Ill. -- Residents will have to pay an extra fee starting January 1, 2014 if they improperly dispose of excessive garbage.
Peoria City Council members voted unanimously last week to charge residents, rather than the city,with excessive trash fees in 2014.
The Peoria Disposal Company charged the the city more than $2,000 this year for hauling away extra trash.
The city has absorbed those costs, but come January 1, residents will be billed by the city for excessive amounts of trash.
"What we are really looking at are those instances where people put out an excessive amount of trash like over 1,000 pounds of trash for one pickup," said City Manager, Patrick Urich. "It's for the safety of the garbage workers that are picking up the trash, and it is also an additional cost that we have."
"I think that this will be the catalyst to start to get a lot of the neighborhood people to be a little bit more responsible to the garbage and trash that they put out," said At-Large Councilman Eric Turner. "If you know you have to pay a fee, you are going to keep it clean and keep it all lined up for PDC to pick up."
According to city officials, PDC currently charges them $51.50 for pick-up of a small pile of uncontained garbage, which is 5 yards or less.
The excessive garbage fees will increase by 3 percent annually.