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Old 11-26-2011, 01:11 PM
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We are moving from CT to the Hinsdale area and we found out that the Village of Hinsdale requires residents to pay ~$30/month for garbage collection. I'm quite surprised, given the taxes are so high it should at least include garbage collection!

Either way, what I'm trying to understand is does each town or county have a waste disposal area that residents can use. For example, if we want to dispose of the garbage ourselves or if we have extra garbage or even bulkier items that don't fit into a standard garbage bag. What do people do with this? In CT almost every town has a "town dump" where residents can dispose of their own garbage or bulkier items.

Do towns in the western suburbs have this?
What do people do there, especially in the Hinsdale area?

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Old 11-26-2011, 04:29 PM
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Not in Hinsdale but I have never heard of anyone disposing of their own routine household garbage. Most suburbs have some method where the residents pay. where I live we have to buy garbage stickers that are quite expensive to dispose of garbage. Generally we do not have town dumps here but regional landfills which work with the large waste disposal companies. For those people that live in an unincorporated area they might have to contract with private haulers. Maybe someone else will weigh in on this but I do not know of any way to haul your own garbage. I would think this would be quite a nuisance and unpleasant and I would gladly pay the fee. I pull my wheeled garbage can to the curb every week, as well as a separate blue recycling can. The recycling is free but the garbage has to have a sticker. These are purchased at grocery stores. Larger items and electronics etc. you have to call the village to see if they will pick it up. Sometimes there are collection days when you can get rid of old tv s and stuff. If you call the village of hinsdale and ask them you can get more info or go to their website.
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:14 PM
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Rather common. In my village there used to be a choice of two garbage companies, but recently the village revoked one so you must use the designated hauler.
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:22 PM
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Illinois has a ridiculously complicated tax system. The VAST majority of your taxes are going to support the schools. Hinsdale is served by what is arguably the most uniformly high achieving k-8 school district in the region, 181, and the high school is also very very good.

Many people would agree that the move to "fee based services" for everything under the sun in a nickle and dime way to reduce the cost of government. That said the $30 a month that the Village uses to contract with one waste hauler to handle curbside pickup for the whole town is on the low end of prices for the region. While some towns have options for bulkier items to call the hauler to take them for additional fee OR wait for the scheduled "amnesty" pick-ups where certain items that are generally excluded from the waste stream are accepted curbside these are NOT something Hinsdale does: http://www.villageofhinsdale.org/ps/waste.php Frankly, there are so many construction dumpsters around when folks are renovating or constructing new on the site of a teardown it is easy to find a friend / neighbor that can help you out with an old sofa or something....

The actual "dumps" (technicall "landfills") are generally run by guys in "da waste hauling profession" and do not allow people who are not part of "da system" access...

Welcome to Illinois, things are different here than CT -- Landfill owner in middle of Blagojevich-Mell feud pleads guilty - Chicago Tribune

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Old 11-28-2011, 07:05 PM
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I am in unincorporated kane county, we are allowed to contract for our own garbage with the company of choice. So there are approx 3 different companies serving our area. We pay only a little less than $30 a month. Some people (very few) have dumpsters that I am assuming makes it cheaper for them. Not worth it to me to have that dumpster sitting next to our house (Ugly and cheap scumbags will dump their trash in there unless you lock it) ...
So that price you got quoted is not terribly out of line. Unincorporated does not have leaf pickup in the fall. (we can burn) and the township offers landscape brush pickup once a month if you put in on the parkway. Most towns now have either leaf pick up by the town or you have to put them into purchased brown bags.
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