Freeport switching waste disposal system, fees going up

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FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) -- Some changes are coming to Freeport's garbage and recycling system.

Gill's and Moring, the city's contractor, is shifting to a toter garbage and recycling system.

Residents will receive one of each toter in the last two weeks of September. At this time, garbage pickup fees will be $16.75 for the first year as costs rise.

In the new system, bag stickers will no longer be used. A second toter is available for an extra $10 a month.

If the toter(s) is lost, the replacement cost is $75.

Garbage will be picked up weekly, and recycling is every other week. They must be placed three feet from the curb for pickup, which begins at 4:30 a.m. Recycling is in the evening.

Waste haulers ask that residents keep trash in bags to avoid residual garbage buildup.

The yard waste system is the same. It costs $30 a month and can include grass, leaves, and limbs that aren't larger than the toter.

City manager Lowell Crow says about 35 percent of all recycling picked up in Freeport is contaminated and treated as trash. So the city asks for recycling materials to be cleaned out.

New rates for garbage and recycling will go into effect with the next water bill.