In a bulk buying move similar to electric aggregation, which unincorporated parts of McHenry County rejected by referendum, several northeastern County subdivisions requested McHenry County government to cut contracts for waste disposal.
Instead of four to five trucks coming into their neighborhoods each week to college garbage, the County Board authorized Groot Industries to pick up the trash and yard wasted for the next two years Tuesday night. That will mean one or two trucks on subdivision streets each week.
By voice vote the Board adopted an authorizing resolution. There were several “No” votes.
Staff explained that under the new contract people were paying less for complete services (garbage, plus yard waste) than they were before just for garbage.
Administration of the bidding was “cheaper than an enforcement officer going out on the weekend issuing tickets” for open burning, a Health Department official said.