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Waste removal deal in Shorewood may become educational experience

Village agrees to try out pilot project with condo group

Oct. 23, 2013

Shorewood — A six-month pilot project for the village to handle refuse pickup for one seven-unit condominium property in Shorewood will advance, with the goal of developing an educational program for household waste stream reduction.

The Village Board on Monday approved an agreement with the condominium association for public works staff to pick up trash from the property, located at 4102 N. Wilson Drive, with the understanding that the property's refuse would not exceed one residential cart per week.

In addition, the condominium association would be required to provide the village with educational materials on reducing household waste, including a monthly article for use in the Manager's Memo and other village publications. The condo group would also be responsible for handling its own recycling removal through a private vendor.

Shorewood's existing policy on refuse and recycling pickup states that the village will serve only residential properties with three units or less. If after six months the pilot is determined to be successful, the village may consider expanding the program to similarly large multi-unit properties, Trustee Jeff Hanewall said. It would pertain to properties containing four to eight units, of which there are about 40 in the village.

If 25 percent of those properties chose to participate in the program, the village would incur an additional cost of about $2,900 annually for refuse collection, based on today's costs, Hanewall said. If 75 percent of properties participated, that additional cost would rise to about $8,900, he added.

Although the Public Works Committee was initially reluctant to proceed with handling trash collection at the pilot property, they ultimately saw the value in using this case as an opportunity to educate households on reducing their waste.

Hanewall stressed that the arrangement for the pilot is contingent upon the property being restricted to only one cart per week, which is comparable to what a single-family residence might have.

Lois Wesener, property manager and resident, assured village officials that the condominium has consistently met that goal for several years.

"We've been there for 61/2 years, and we always only have one cart per week for refuse," Wesener said. "There have been occasional times where someone's moving out or moving in ... but it's very rare."

Wesener told village staff and officials that she would be able to work with fellow residents on addressing overflow issues in those cases. She will also ensure that all residents are aware of the new arrangement, Wesener added.

The pilot period will begin Jan. 2. It will be evaluated by the village after six months, with the option of then being extended for one year, Village Manager Chris Swartz said.

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