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.

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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.

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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.”