The City of Peoria’s contract for garbage collection expires next year. There are proposals from three companies and one from the city itself for a new contract. Rather than considering a single proposal, city staff is recommending a hybrid approach. Staff is suggesting the current refuse collector, PDC Services, would continue to pick up garbage. But instead of PDC gathering yard waste and recyclables as it now does, the city would assume collection of those items. PDC’s Matt Coulter told council members the city has no experience in this field and questions its pricing proposal.
"City staff claims it can do the work for one-third the cost established by city run programs in Bloomington and Normal. Both Bloomington and Normal recently raised their fee close to 30 dollars per month and Peoria thinks they can do it for less than 10 dollars a home. Something is wrong with the pricing submitted." Coulter said.
Last night’s council meeting was informational in nature and no action was taken.