Emanuel: Save $60 Million By Picking Up Trash On Grid System

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city would save $60 million if garbage trucks pick up on a grid route instead of one following complicated ward boundaries.

But he did say he’d keep the ward superintendents who can respond quickly to neighborhood residents with problems or concerns.

He said Chicago pays $225-235 a ton for trash removal, while other major cities like Philadelphia do it for $135 a ton.

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“They’re not smarter or better than us,” he said.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, many aldermen said they were dead set against the idea for fear that it would deprive them of their ability to respond to special requests for services.

Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) told the Sun-Times that he has no problem switching to a grid “so long as there is still an ability to have a staffer or superintendent who can handle unique situations” which happen “a dozen times every day.”

  • adam

    I am honestly happy with this new mayor and I hope he keeps up the good work! It’s not too often I praise a politician!

    • lookout

      See how happy you are when the trash starts piling up.

  • sis

    You know, do what the suburbs do, have the property owners pay for garbage removal, bid the job out bill the home oweners monthly, this amount will be lower then you can do it for if you take in account trucks/employees – you know the news paper reading guy driving the truck. They will take care of the recycling, the right way, and everything. I would much rather pay for professional service.

    • LOTD

      Hey sis, speak for yourself!!! I pay enough in chicago taxes, and this service should be included. I’m sure many would agree with my statement!

  • Simple request

    Can the city trash removal include taking out the ghetto hood rat problem?

    • Yard Ape

      Hollow point rounds are what’s best to use for taking out those “rats”.

  • dan

    Everytime I called my alderman’s office they told me to call 311-If the ward boss is driving around my neighborhood and checking on pot holes and dead trees he sure aint doing anything with the long list he made.

    Change to the grid-get rid of the ward bosses-close the local ward locations were they all hang out and the garbage trucks block the streets-sell or rent out the properties (unless a connected hack owns those facilities and is charging 3x the going rate for rent then cancel the lease)

    Probably save about $100 million

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