Fox River Grove to switch to Prairieland for waste services

Fox River Grove will switch from Waste Management and use Prairieland Disposal for its waste hauling services, a move the village said will save residents money.

Prairieland will be used for the next five years after the Village Board approved a contract with the waste collection service. It will replace Waste Management on Feb. 3. Waste Management provided waste hauling services to Fox River Grove residents for the past 25 years.

The cost for these services will go down from $298.44 a household in 2019 to $252 a household in 2020. This makes for a $46.44 annual savings a household.

According to a news release, the savings across all residents over five years is $572,879.

Village Administrator Derek Soderholm said there was no service-level issue with Waste Management that caused the change to Prairieland.

“The board made the decision of switching contractors purely on an economic basis,” he said.

“Although we received excellent service from Waste Management, the opportunity to provide our residents with a substantial discount for a nearly identical set of services was one that we couldn’t pass up,” Village President Robert Nunamaker said in a statement.

Changes in the new contract include bills being sent every three months instead of every four. The senior program will be switched from a sticker-based program to a discounted subscription program, so seniors will receive a 38% discount from the $21 a month bill. Seniors will pay $13.02 a month, or $39.02 per quarterly billing.

The cost of this program is equivalent to using one sticker a week under the previous sticker program. No stickers are required under the new contract.

To participate in the senior subscription program, the minimum age is 65. Residents who are 62 or older by Jan. 31 also will be permitted to use it.

Also under the new contract, there is a maximum 3-month vacation hold allowed once a year, and dry cell batteries will no longer be picked up with curbside recycling. Instead, an unlimited number can be dropped off at Prairieland’s facility at 21N988 Pepper Road in Lake Barrington.

Additional services that now will be available to residents include free dropoff for e-scrap, shoes, food organics, Christmas lights, flower vases and batteries at the Prairieland facility in Lake Barrington; free e-scrap pickup once a year; free white good pickup if replacing a bulk item; and a landscape waste subscription program that will be made available with no stickers required.

Soderholm said Prairieland will be reaching out to residents about establishing new services, payment arrangement and can size selection.

About 1,600 people use the village’s waste hauler services, he said.

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