Free Trash Pickup Ending For Chicago Not-For-Profits

Craig Dellimore
November 19, 2019 - 4:56 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s budget will ensure that about 1,000 churches, schools and other not-for-profit groups will start paying for garbage collection, over the objections of some aldermen.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from City Hall.



City rules say many non-profits should be paying something for city trash collections, but Streets and Sanitation Commissioner John Tully said an Inspector General’s audit showed that hasn’t been happening.

The Lightfoot Administration’s attempt to correct that problem got resistance from Alds. Raymond Lopez and Debra Silverstein. Silverstein suggested it’s not really worth the relatively small amount – estimated by one official to be $212,000 – in burdening the not-for-profits.

An attempt to vote down the provision failed.