BLOOMINGTON — Now that August is here, the city has ended a two-week grace period that the public works department had been providing to residents who continue to place bulk waste at the curb.
To acquaint residents with the change to twice-yearly free curbside pickups, city crews had left notices at homes with bulky waste on the curb after the last free citywide collection in early May. The notices gave residents two weeks to remove the items to avoid having to pay the city to remove them.
"Starting on Aug. 1, city crews will collect bulk waste material placed at the curb at the cost of $25 per (front-end loader) bucket without waiting for the sticker and door hanger process," City Manager Tim Gleason told the City Council last week.
"The intention of the change is to keep our community clean since the material previously could be in the parkway for up to four weeks before collection."
The next free collection will be Oct. 1.
Meanwhile, residents also can arrange curbside pickup for the same fee or discard bulk waste for free at the Citizen Convenience Center at East and Jackson streets, south of the Bloomington Public Library.
Aside from bulky waste, brush and yard waste will be picked up every other week at no additional fee.