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Deerfield Looks at Commercial Recycling

Village will begin by gathering information from the business community. Cost savings and environmental benefits could result.

Deerfield is taking its first steps this month to incorporating the inclusivity and convenience of its residential recycling program into the commercial community.

While the Village now has a contract with Waste Management for picking up most of the residents’ recycling and its garbage, businesses and other non residential users are free to choose any hauler they want. Any recycling at all is an option to these corporate citizens.

If everything falls into place, Deerfield could have a contract with a hauler to handle commercial recycling as well as waste removal in two years, according to .

The initial phase of the process is information gathering, according to Maltas. The Village will send letters this month to the Deerfield’s commercial citizens this month to gauge their interest and attitudes.

“We will look at their responses to determine if it would be beneficial to move forward,” Maltas said. “We’ll find out what type of (recycling) contracting they’re doing now and who is providing it”

Some communities, like Highland Park, already have a program while others, like Northbrook, do not. Highland Park’s program is more than two years old.

Should the program move forward to conclusion, the Village will enter into a commercial franchise agreement with a hauler and, just like the existing residential arrangement, all commercial users would be required to participate.

While Deerfield recognizes there is a downside to removing the option of choice from commercial customers, based on the experience of other communities he believes there will be a financial savings.

“Our research on comprehensive programs has shown if they (commercial users) are compelled into a franchise agreement it will result in a savings for the customers,” Wylie said.

Wyle also believes the environmental benefits are too hard to pass up. “It will reduce what we have to send to a landfill,” he said.

After the Village has the opportunity to absorb the information it collects from its businesses, it would send out requests for proposal from potential haulers, according to Maltas. “We will be looking for ways to optimize the process,” she said. “We’ll find out what will work and what wouldn’t.”

Wylie wants to make the process as friendly for the commercial users as it is for residents. “We make it incredibly convenient,” he said. “All they have to do is take it to the curb,” he added about the recyclables.

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Walter White November 27, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Wow, Concerned. Actual data instead of conjecture and posturing? What a concept!
RB November 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Walter, politically you and I agree on most things. My point is two fold and I may be wrong,mbut this board is trending toward over regulation. 1) as I've said adding restrictions when we need growth in retail may be wrong timing 2) the board is focusing on minor things while our sales tax base is in danger. I get concerned when I read a recap of what the board has been up to and it's chickens, battery chargers and additional business regulations instead of reports about searching for some good sustainable retail business. I do agree recycling is important, but if we dont have the business to recycle its a moot issue. The board is coming up with stuff to do. Another one....they spent our money to research the idling ordinance when if they just tell the Park District and Village trucks to stop idling they could have accomplished a great deal through internal management. The Deerfield road underpass? Over $700k in our Village tax money and up to $2 million in our Federal tax dollars. Was this really necessary? They had to raise taxes due to a projected shortfall. Guess the shortfall? $700K! I'd get real excited if they pursued cost savings (like combining the Park District with the Village and cutting overhead), and pursuit of sales tax producing business.
Walter White November 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I don't disagree with you on focusing on the big issues, but you have to look at every savings opportunity also.
Beth November 28, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Concerned: another "actual data" that white praises you for is Chicago refuge pick up is 35-65% higher then the neighboring cities. Reason, Chicago requires permits for all refuge which are extremely high. If a garbage truck wants to drive on the streets in Chicago - it's going to cost you eventually. So, I'm not surprised once you moved your business to Skokie your trash pick up was considerably lower.
J.Lyn November 28, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Having read all the comments...I am left a bit befuddled. One must look at the larger picture here. This is not a Deerfield issue...this is a planet earth issue. Looking at it from the largest possible perspective...this should not be a issue of who gets to line their companies pockets more...garbage removal firms or small business' but what will serve all that in habit this planet. Recycling is an incredibly important tool to keep this planet from becoming over burdened with refuge that can be put to other uses. The cost to the environment should be the focus of the exercise...for surely if ALL do not do their part...the price paid will be something no one living or future generations will want to pay. With all due respect to those responding...I know of many individuals and business' that do not have a conscience about this. It should be mandatory...and the companies should proudly advertise that they are now part of solution and not part of the problem.

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