Town of Normal saves $8K annually while reducing waste

By Joe Bennett

February 4, 2013 Updated Feb 5, 2013 at 12:52 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill -- The town of Normal has found a way to save money while reducing landfill waste.

At a Normal town meeting Monday night, council members authorized the processing of recyclable bulky waste. Bulky waste is any material that will not fit into trash receptacles -- such as furniture.

The town's agreement with Henson Disposal could reduce the amount of bulky materials being thrown into the landfill by up to 80-percent.

"The price per ton with Henson is a little bit lower than the landfill, so we actually save an estimated $8,000 a year, which is great," says Normal City Manager Mark Peterson. "But more importantly, we're able to recycle all of this material or most of it instead of just dumping it directly into the landfill."

The agreement will pass, pending verification that Henson Disposal is permitted to accept bulky waste by the state.

Residents of Normal will not have to change any of their waste disposal habits with the new agreement.

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