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Government

Wheaton eliminates Wednesday garbage pickup

Change will take place Sept. 1

WHEATON – Starting in September, garbage will no longer be picked up on Wednesdays in Wheaton.

In a move designed to improve efficiency, Wheaton City Council members on June 18 unanimously approved amending their agreement with Lakeshore Recycling Systems to eliminate Wednesday as a garbage pickup date.

"The plan is to move those customers to Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday," Wheaton City Manager Michael Dzugan told City Council members.

More than 1,700 households in Wheaton will see their garbage pickup date changed to Monday or Friday, city officials said. Wednesday is the "least favorite" of collection days because it is so far removed from the weekend, Lakeshore representatives said.

The transition will begin Sept. 1. To help make up for any inconvenience caused by the change, Lakeshore will freeze its current prices for a year.

"They've agreed to hold year two pricing for year three," Dzugan said.

The city also will see other benefits from the change, Assistant City Manager John Duguay said.

"There will be fewer trucks on the road, and since this change makes operations more efficient for the collection company, we will be better positioned for future negotiations," Duguay said in a memo to City Council members.

In August 2016, the council voted unanimously to approve a five-year refuse and recycling contract with Lakeshore Recycling Systems. The city previously was served by Advanced Disposal Services.

As a result of switching to Lakeshore, Wheaton residents no longer need to use garbage stickers. The company uses radio frequency identification tags on every garbage and recycling cart.

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