PEORIA — If you're making New Year's resolutions, Peoria residents should consider making sure they know what day their trash is picked up on.
Starting Jan. 7, a whole new garbage pick-up schedule goes into effect.
"Two-thirds of the city will have a new pick-up day," said Stacy Peterson, the city's communications director. You can find out what your pick-up day is by checking www.peoriapicksup.com or wait for the city mailer that will inform you of the change, she said.
Changes don't stop with new collection days. City residents who sign up for the city recycling service will have recyclables picked up every two weeks in 2019 instead of the past schedule of once a month.
"The garbage contract is the largest contract that the city has," said Peterson of the service that costs Peoria $7 million annually.
"We decided to do an extensive community outreach to find out just what residents wanted. What we found out is that people love to talk about garbage service. We learned they wanted more recycling and wanted to extend the time when lawn waste can be picked up," she said.
In 2019, the period when lawn waste will be collected has been extended. The service will be offered from March 15 to Dec. 15. If you've still got bags of leafs in the garage, note that next week is the last week that lawn waste will be picked up this year, said Peterson.
Some homes will see recycling service start Jan. 7. Others will see service start Jan. 14. Pick-ups will be every two weeks from the start date. Garbage and recycling will be picked up on the same day.
Peterson said that almost 3,000 people have signed up for recycling service in the past few months. "You can still sign up for recycling. The $50 rental fee is gone," she said.
Residents can request an additional recycling cart at no charge but residents might want to see if they still need a second container when collection is made every two weeks, said Peterson.
"This was really a fun campaign," she said, referring to information produced to alert Peoria residents of the changes and opportunities the new contract provides.
"We used residents like LaVetta Ricca, Andres Diaz and Jessie McGown along with Shannon Techie and her family in the photographs we used in print and online materials," said Peterson.
For more information, check the www.peoriapicksup website or call PDC at 674-5176.
Steve Tarter covers city and county government for the Journal Star. He can be reached at 686-3260 or email@example.com. Follow him at Twitter@SteveTarter and facebook.copm/tartersource.