Preparations for Alton’s new automated trash pick-up are coming along. The city council approved a new deal in October with Allied Waste to provide all residents with new containers for trash and recycling. About 25-thousand 95-gallon containers will be delivered to Alton residents this spring.
Those will be emptied once each week, and recyclables will be picked up every other week. Some residents may request a smaller, 65-gallon, trash can, according to Allied's Manager of Business Development, Susan Piazza.
The deal will be a money maker for the city during the first three years of the pact, income thanks to Allied cutting its costs over the first three years of the deal. It is estimated to be worth more than $400,000 to the city before the expenses and fees even out. Residents with curbside pick-up will receive new trash and recycle carts beginning the week of March 19.