TISKILWA — Curbside recycling for Tiskilwa residents will begin in February after the Tiskilwa Village Board voted Tuesday night to close the village’s recycling center.
Residents will be able to use 65-gallon carts from Republic Services in which to place recyclable materials, and Republic will pick them up every two weeks. Garbage pickup will be done every week on Friday.
Jim Pozzi, municipal services manager for Republic Services, told board members that a sheet will be included with the cart that is to be given to each eligible garbage user when the carts are delivered by the company’s deployment team sometime at the end of January or the first part of February.
Trustee Dan Acker said closing the recycling center was an unfortunate situation that the village was forced into doing after people from outside the village left trash there after the public recycling center closed in Princeton.
“We had no choice,” he said. “If everybody would have acted responsibly, we would not have had this problem.”
Village President Randy Philhower said the estimated average cost to the village is $5,600 a year for the remainder of the contract, which is about four years. The village signed a seven-year contract several years ago with Illinois Valley Waste Services, which was purchased by Republic Services last year.
Garbage users won’t have to pay additional fees with the estimated extra costs of $5,600 per year being paid by the village from its general line item, Philhower said.
Curbside recycling will start either the first or second Friday of February, depending on when Republic Services personnel can deliver the 65-gallon carts, which are to be used only for recyclable materials. Residents will still have to use their own cans for garbage and place a $1 sticker on them to be picked up each week.
• In related business, Philhower said Joe D. Kunkel needs to be publicly thanked for helping clean out the town’s recycling center the past five weeks.
• A public hearing will be held on Jan. 29 at the fire station to discuss the bridge replacement program. Philhower told trustees present that they didn’t have to attend the public hearing, but he would designate it as a special board meeting.
• Philhower reported the village’s pickup truck has died and may need a new engine. He will get a price for either repairing the truck or replacing it.