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City of Quincy looking at proposals for new trash, recycling pickup providers

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - The future of Quincy's garbage and recycling program is up in the air. That's because city officials are weighing two options to privatize the services.

Mayor Kyle Moore said the move will save the city money in the long run, but it will cost you more every month.

Moore said it's the condition of the city's garbage trucks that are behind the latest discussion. He said they've been used twice as long as their expected lifetime, but replacing them will set the city back another $2 million. That's why Moore said the city is being forced to look at some other options.

The days of paying 50 cents for a garbage sticker in Quincy, could soon be a thing of the past. In a press conference Tuesday, Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore announced he was looking to privatize the city's trash collection, all in an effort to cut back on the city's nearly $860,000 deficit.
"We have not raised sticker prices since 1991. Most cities put some type of an escalator on their sticker program. The city of Quincy failed to do that and now this council, and my administration has to make up for that," said Moore.

Neither of the two companies were identified, but listed as "Company A" and "Company B". Both plans are proposed in a 10-year contract, Moore said, and include bi-weekly recycling pickup.

The monthly cost per household would be $13.20 for "Company A", with a monthly household cost $15.78 for "Company B". Those costs are based on 95 gallons totes. "Company B" also has an option of $12.28 for a 35-gallon tote. The current plan averages $24.09 per month.
"The fact of the matter is, when you can serve us 15,000 households for $600,000-$700,000 less than what we can do for 8,600 households. To me, that's the way to go," said Moore.

But, no matter what the city does, Moore said the cost of stickers has to go up, and it could go up to as much as $2.30 a sticker. It's an idea some residents said they weren't fond of.

"I'm struggling with the garbage stickers. I wish something would change, where it would be cheaper on people that can't afford it," said Melissa Attey.

"As a taxpayer and as a person who likes to save money, I would want for the money to be channeled in the appropriate way," said Jorge Flores.
"We have two private companies who can provide service to the entire city of Quincy - All 15,000 households - for far less than what the city of Quincy can do," Moore said. "So no matter what plan you look at and agree with, privatization provides us better service if it's a better bang for our buck for our taxpayers."

(Click here to read more details about the proposals from our news gathering partners at the Quincy Herald-Whig.)

Moore said the city will hold two public forums to allow residents to learn more about the two proposals:
  • Tues., Dec. 3; St. Peters Church, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Thurs., Dec. 5; Quincy Public Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
If you're unable to attend either of the public meetings, you're encouraged to contact your alderman to learn more about the proposals and voice your opinions.
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