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Changes coming for Rock Falls garbage pickup

Council approves contract; new containers, new schedule coming

Workers for Moring Disposal deliver new garbage cans in December to residents in Oregon, where the City Council in September approved a request from the company to switch customers from garbage cans to the wheeled toters.
Workers for Moring Disposal deliver new garbage cans in December to residents in Oregon, where the City Council in September approved a request from the company to switch customers from garbage cans to the wheeled toters.

ROCK FALLS – Come August, Rock Falls residents will have to get used to some changes in their garbage pickup.

One thing that won’t change – for now – is the rates, but that might not be the case in a few years.

The City Council voted Tuesday to renew its contract for 7 years for solid waste, yard waste, and recyclables pickup with Moring Disposal from Forreston. The new deal takes effect Aug. 1.

With the new contract comes changes. Customers will be given two 95-gallon plastic, wheeled garbage cans – toters, as they’re referred to – for garbage and recyclables, and pickup will change from 5 days a week to 3 days.

The new cans are required so garbage trucks’ articulated arms can pick them up and empty the contents.

The current 5-day-a-week system will switch to one where pickup is on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – garbage weekly and recyclables every other week – City Administrator Robbin Blackert said.

Currently, Rock Falls is broken up into five different sections, with each section’s garbage pickup on a different weekday.

Garbage fees will remain at the current $15 per month for the next 2 years.

“We’ve been able to negotiate a contract where garbage pickup will stay at $15 per month. That’s what it is now,” Blackert said. “In fiscal year 2021, we may be looking at a $2 per month increase, then stay at $17 per month until fiscal year 2025.”

Dennis Pate, general manager for Moring, answered questions from council members.

Alderman Brian Snow asked whether residents would have to wait for their next pickup were they fill up a toter.

“They can purchase extra stickers for $2 each,” Pate said, but added that’s usually not an issue. “They’re very large toters.”

Delivery of the cans will probably take a couple of weeks to complete for the entire city, Pate said.

Additional information on the changeover will be distributed to the public during the next few months, Blackert told the council.

NEXT MEETING

The City Council will next meet at 6:30 p.m. March 20 at the council chamber at Rock Falls City Hall, 603 W. 10th St.

Go to rockfalls61071.net for an agenda.

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