HEBRON | The town will open bids at its May 21 meeting for trash pickup for the coming year and hopes to reduce costs by only picking up recycling every other week.
The town's contract with Allied Waste, of DeMotte, expires in July. Residents now pay $16 a month and get both trash and recycling picked up each week. Council President Don Ensign said at Tuesday's council meeting another nearby community switched to the biweekly recycling pickup and saw an increase in the amount collected.
Ensign said the change also would decrease the wear and tear on the town streets with fewer heavy trucks on them. Residents can get a 96-gallon tote for recycling or they can stay with the smaller bins.
The town also announced Tuesday it will hold its annual cleanup days May 17 and 18. Although Allied now accepts one large item a week, some residents might want to do a little spring cleaning and throw out a lot of larger items, Clerk-Treasurer Terri Waywood said.
Dumpsters will be placed at the sewage treatment plant, and anyone with items to dispose of must present proof of residency. The cleanup will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 and from 8 a.m. to noon on May 18.
The Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District will have receptacles available on those days to accept old TVs and computers, which cannot be disposed of in a landfill.