Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation To Transition Far South and Southwest Side Communities to Grid Garbage Collection System

April 3, 2013

More than 90,000 households to transition beginning April 15, 2013

The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation today announced plans to roll out the grid garbage collection system to approximately 90,000 households on Chicago’s far south and southwest sides beginning April 15, 2013.  The transition will take place in wards 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 19, 21, and 34.

“By moving to a grid garbage collection system we will be able to continue to provide residents with the same high-quality garbage collection services while using fewer resources,” said Commissioner Charles L. Williams, Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation. “Residents may experience a change in their refuse collection day, but that will be the only change.” 

The grid system, widely used by municipalities and private refuse haulers, changes collection routes from non-linear ward geography to a system of routes bordered by main streets and natural boundaries. The service model concentrates sanitation workers in targeted areas of the city each day and creates balanced service regions to improve daily collection performance.

By utilizing more efficient routes, the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation can provide the same weekly refuse services to Chicago residents while saving millions in operation costs by using fewer resources, such as crews, vehicles and fuel.

In coordination with aldermanic offices and community groups, the City of Chicago is educating residents about the grid system and potential day of week service changes through a targeted public outreach campaign.  The campaign includes media relations, direct-to-consumer outreach and social media engagement.

Beginning Monday, April 8, the department will finalize preparations for the transition to the grid system, when crews will post “Change in Garbage Service Day” notices to garbage carts to inform residents within the boundaries of their new day of service effective April 15, 2013. 

The notices will also inform residents who receive curbside blue cart recycling services that their recycling day of service will also change to the same day as their garbage pickup. Residents who receive alley blue cart recycling services will maintain their same week of service, though their day of collection may change.  Residents with alley blue cart services should leave their carts in the alley for their entire collection week to ensure service.

Residents who would like more information about the grid garbage collection system and related service changes are encouraged to visit the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation website at, call 311 or contact their local ward office.


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