Chicago set to roll out new garbage pickup system

April 26, 2012

Associated Press

The city of Chicago is set to roll out a new — and, Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes, cheaper — way to pick up garbage.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that five wards on the city's North Side have been chosen to test out a new system for garbage collection that Emanuel predicts will save $60 million a year.

City crews will switch from a ward-by-ward system to a grid system. That means that rather than have garbage picked up in a particular ward over the course of the week, garbage in the entire ward would be picked up on the same day.

City officials are saying things may be a bit confusing for customers at first as they adjust to having their trash picked up on a new say.