BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington public works crews are on the street Monday morning, beginning to collect bulk waste during the city's free, fall collection.
Crews also will be picking up brush at the same time as bulk waste.
After the fall collection is completed in about 15 working days, public works crews making subsequent pickups will charge $25 per front-end loader bucket (about 2.5 cubic yards) for household bulk waste and $100 per bucket for sod, dirt, concrete, rock and shingles.
City staff think a lot of people have been waiting until the fall collection to put out their bulk waste, so it's anticipated there will be more to collect and that will take more time, said Public Works Director Jim Karch.
"We anticipate putting out six bulk waste crews for the fall collection, which is more than double what we normally put on the streets," Karch said last week. "Every available (public works) employee is being put on the streets to go through the town as efficiently as we can."
Residents can go to the city's website, www.cityblm.org, to track where crews have picked up bulk waste during the fall collection.
During the first citywide collection, May 1-9, crews hauled away 277 loads of bulk waste weighing more than 547 tons.
In between the fall bulk waste collection and the next one in May 2019, residents can dispose of items for free at the city's Citizen Convenience Center, at 402 S. East St., which is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Residents also can request curbside collection of bulk waste for $25 per end-loader bucket.