DeKalb public works to detail Lakeshore changeover in coming weeks

July 2, 2018 GMT

DeKALB – Tim Holdeman, DeKalb Public Works Director, said he hopes to shore up details on the transition from Waste Management to Lakeshore Recycling Systems as the city’s waste hauler in the next couple weeks.

The DeKalb City Council approved the Morton Grove-based company, which came in as the lowest bid for a new solid waste contract, at their June 25 meeting, a move that earned the ire of Waste Management employees and DeKalb citizens.

Holdeman said a Waste Management contractor will pick up existing totes on their last day of services. A few days before that, Lakeshore contractors will distribute their brand new totes to customers.

“There will always be a tote for people to put their refuse and recyclables in,” Holdeman said.

Holdeman added that there will soon be a web portal on Lakeshore’s website where customers can identify what size refuse and recycling containers they want.

Lakeshore would charge about $15.58 for base rate services, plus household hazard waste and e-waste services starting in 2018-19, compared with Waste Management’s $16.90.

During subsequent contract negotiations, Lakeshore agreed to reduce the price for street sweeping roll-offs from $18 to $11 a cubic yard. They will also provide the city with an annual credit of $25,000 to cover any additional services requested by the city.

Waste Management’s current contract expires Aug. 31. Holdeman said Lakeshore’s first pickup will be Labor Day weekend, which means that collections will be pushed back one day.