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Joliet council considers electronic recycling

JOLIET – The Joliet City Council will decide Tuesday whether to start an electronics recycling program in town.

The council at a Monday workshop meeting heard two proposals: one from Will County that would set up a collection point in Joliet; and the other from Waste Management that would charge residents for a home pickup service.

The county proposal is on the agenda for a vote at the regular council meeting on Tuesday.

Joliet residents now can take TVs and other electronic items to county-run recycling centers in Lockport, Romeoville and New Lenox Township on certain days. The county proposes putting a collection point in Joliet near the Will County Jail.

“Joliet residents are currently big fans of the Lockport site. They’re there every time that we’re open,” Marta Keane, county recycling specialist, told the council. She added that Joliet residents would be more likely to use the proposed Joliet collection site at Ottawa and Marion streets.

The service would be available the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, opening for the first time from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 25 if the council approves the program that would cost Joliet $12,600 a year.

Waste Management, meanwhile, is offering its At Your Door program, which would make a recycling service available for electronics, household hazardous waste and other items that can’t go in the trash or recycling bin.

At Your Door typically costs $1.15 to $1.25 a month and would be charged to all Joliet residents, said Mike Morley, municipal marketing manager for Waste Management. The company now collects all garbage and recycling in the city.

In exchange for the monthly fee, residents would get the convenience of a recycling service that would come to their homes when they need it.

“They just need to leave it at their door or outside their garage,” Morley said.

The same program has been implemented in Plainfield, Shorewood and Elwood.

“There’s no limit to how many times you can use it,” Morley said. “There’s no waiting for an event. There’s no having to be at the right place at the right time.”

Also on Tuesday, the council is slated to:

• Vote on an intergovernmental agreement for the Houbolt Road bridge project that incorporates a memorandum of understanding the council approved in September;

• Hold a public hearing for an expansion of the downtown business property tax to businesses on Cass, Collins and South Chicago streets.

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