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Hickory Hills approves plan for electronic recycling

  • Written by Sharon L. Filkins

Residents in Hickory Hills can soon look forward to the availability of an electronic recycling program as early as December, following a discussion by the city council at the Oct. 13 meeting.

Ald. Brian Fonte (3rd Ward), chair of the Health and Environmental Control/Recycling commission, reported to the council that after reviewing several proposed recycling programs over the last several months, he recommended that the city move forward with At Your Door Recycling with Waste Management.

In June, the council heard a presentation from Mike Morley, municipal marketing manager with Waste Management, in which he outlined the details of the At Your Door Recycling program. He reported that it was a simple program in which a resident wishing to dispose of electronics, paint, cleaning chemicals, oil or gardening or pool chemicals, could call At-the-Door Recycling and set a date for pick-up.

Fonte stated that the program could be tried for a year to see if it was effective and then the city would have the option to either continue with it, or discontinue it, if it was not satisfactory.

Council members agreed to move forward with it and to establish a timeline as soon as possible. Fonte reported later that it is tentatively scheduled to begin in December. Residents will be notified of the actual start date.

The service costs $1.25 per month, or $15 per year, for existing Waste Management recycling customers. The billing will be done through the city, using the water bills mailed to residents. A customer can call and schedule pick-ups as many times during the year as needed.

In other business, Mayor Mike Howley proclaimed Nov. 7 as Color the World Orange Day to raise awareness of a rare nerve disorder named Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

“Our city is joining a number of other communities, including Evergreen Park and Hometown, in this effort,” he said.

He also announced Halloween trick-or-treating hours will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

Purchase of a 4x4 pick-up truck with a snow plow, was approved for the Public Works Department at a cost of $28,600.

Also approved was the hiring of Julio Ayahla for a full-time position in Public Works.

A business license was approved for Chicago Group CA, LTD, an import, export and general merchandise facility at 7667 W. 95th St.