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New Chicago grid garbage collection system

Wed, Dec 12, 2012

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On November 12, the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation rolled out the grid garbage collection system to approximately 115,000 households on Chicago’s northwest, west and near southwest sides, including wards 2, 12, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 35, 36, 37 and 38.

“By implementing the grid garbage system, we can reduce operational costs without impacting the quality of service, and the taxpayers will benefit,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The grid system, widely used by municipalities and private refuse haulers, changes collection routes from non-linear ward geography to a system of routes bordered by main streets and natural boundaries. The service model concentrates sanitation workers in targeted areas of the city each day and creates balanced service regions to improve daily collection performance.

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