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Sycamore garbage contract remains with Waste Management, as Lakeshore comes to DeKalb

Jordan Jackowiak, a driver for Waste Management, places a flyer on a recycling bin as he works his route last month in DeKalb, urging residents to support the company by attending a DeKalb City Council meeting where the council voted to switch the city's waste service provider.
Jordan Jackowiak, a driver for Waste Management, places a flyer on a recycling bin as he works his route last month in DeKalb, urging residents to support the company by attending a DeKalb City Council meeting where the council voted to switch the city's waste service provider.

SYCAMORE – In light of the city of DeKalb recently announcing its change in garbage collection service, Sycamore officials said no one has approached them about changing waste service providers.

City Manager Brian Gregory said the city is in its second year of a five-year contract extension, which was approved in 2016, with Waste Management. The contract for refuse, recycling and yard waste expires Dec. 31, 2021, according to the contract approved by the City Council, 6-0, on Aug. 15, 2016.

Gregory said the city has been with Waste Management for more than 15 years. He said the city has sent out postcards for feedback on the disposal services, and that residents are mostly in favor of the services, including At Your Door Special Collection services for most household chemicals and many electronics.

“I think people enjoy the recycling,” Gregory said. “They appreciate it goes to the proper place.”

On June 25, the DeKalb City Council approved switching from Waste Management to Lakeshore Recycling Systems, which came in as the lowest bid for a new trash removal contract. The move was met with the ire of Waste Management employees and some DeKalb residents.

Waste Management will continue to charge DeKalb residents $16.90 a unit monthly until the its contract with DeKalb expires Aug. 31. Starting in September, Lakeshore will charge those residents about $15.58 a unit monthly for base-rate services, plus household hazard waste and e-waste services.

Sycamore residents were charged monthly rates starting at $20.24 a unit in 2017, according to the 2016 contract. The annual rate adjustment is 3 percent for the monthly prices, with 2019 rates set at $21.48 a unit.

No specific fees for Waste Management taking white goods, such as refrigerators or washing machines, are in the five-year contract extension.

Gregory said the city accumulated 8,200 pounds of disposal material in May. He said about 90 percent of those materials – including electronics, pesticides, light bulbs and TVs – were recycled.

Along with not being approached about changing trash service providers, Gregory said no one has approached any city officials about breaking their current contract with Waste Management.

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