Hickory Hills considers program that will pick up hazardous materials at your door

  • Written by Sharon L. Filkins

The Hickory Hills Council members heard a possible solution during last Thursday’s meeting for residents who would like to dispose of electronics and hazardous materials.

Mike Morley, municipal marketing manager in the Chicago southwest area for Waste Management, presented details on a new program, At the Door Recycling, which could become available to single-family homes currently serviced by Waste Management Recycling.

Morley said that the program is simple and allows for residents who have electronics or paint, cleaning chemicals, oil or gardening chemicals, pool chemicals and other items that need to be safely disposed of to do so by contacting At the Door Recycling and set a date for pick-up. The customer will be asked to describe the amount and size of materials to be picked up.

The customer will then receive a large heavy-duty plastic bag in the mail for the disposable material. The pick-up is generally 10 to 14 days after the initial call. The resident will be instructed to leave the bag for pick-up in front of their garage, rather than at the curb.

However, the service does not come without a cost. Morley said adding the service to the current recycling customers would cost $1.25 per month, or $15 per year. Billing would be done through the city, if the council agrees to add the program to the current contract with Waste Management.

“A customer could call for pick-ups as many times as he wanted during the year,” said Morley.

Mayor Pro-Tem Scott Zimmerman (Mayor Mike Howley was absent due to a work commitment) asked if it would be possible for the city to do a one-year contract with At the Door. Morley replied that could be arranged.

“I think it is a good idea. It is actually the future that will benefit from not having to deal with hazardous materials,” said Zimmerman. He added that it was good information and that the council would be reviewing the details before a decision is made.

Morley said there are currently seven municipalities in the northern suburbs using the program and it was recently started in Plainfield. A report is provided to the municipalities as to who used the program and what types of materials were being picked up.

“The amount of materials