Rantoul considers single trash hauler for village
RANTOUL — Recreation Department workers see it all the time: Discarded materials left throughout the village because the dumpers don't want to pay to have them hauled away.
"It seems there isn't a week goes by that our staff doesn't pick up half a dozen tires (and other materials)," said Recreation Superintendent Luke Humphrey.
That's part of the reason Rantoul will study whether to go to a single-hauler garbage removal system for single-family residences and multi-family units of four or less.
Up to 400 Rantoul homes might not be signed up to receive garbage service, according to a village survey. The village board wants to change that and will establish a committee to study the feasibility of a one-contractor garbage hauler system, in which residents would be required to pay either on their utility bills or by another means, such as a separate tax.
The goal: to clean up the village and prevent residents from placing their garbage in other people's receptacles or simply dumping items by the side of the road.
The current village ordinance requires residents to sign up for garbage service, but that is not easily enforceable.
The proposal could mean garbage rates would actually decline and allow residents to recycle more easily. Eric Shangraw, municipal marketing manager for Area Disposal Service Inc., one of two haulers to serve Rantoul, said the company has 2,200 customers in the village and charges them $21 a month. He said that fee could drop to $13 to $15 if his company won the contract.
Trustee Tony Brown asked if senior citizens who generate little waste and share services with neighbors could be accommodated. Shangraw said the company charges a reduced rate for seniors.
"In Morton (where Area Disposal has a contract), we charge $15, and seniors pay $11.50," Shangraw said.